LEADERSHIP IS AN ONGOING PROCESS
Leading From Within intentionally invests in and cultivates our alumni communities. The result is a community of 550+ leaders who share knowledge and ideas, provide mutual support and collaborate well beyond the program.
Over a period of six months, our cohort of sixteen talented leaders engaged in authentic dialogue, evaluated our leadership practices, and worked to understand our emotional intelligence. My peers became more than a pile of business cards to hide away until needed – our group was a
support system. We weren’t simply working on self-development, we working towards helping our peers achieve their own development. The facilitators guided and mentored us, but the program had turned each participant into a mentor and an educator for each other.
LCI has benefited my leadership qualities as a manager at the Foodbank. Relationships have been built with other leaders in our class in the county and they are truly an asset to our community…[The instructors] are pure gems and are true leaders in our community.
“While our organization is certainly doubling down on electronic communication, I set boundaries to maximize my time outside and away from a screen. For my self-care, I limit my ‘information intake’ from national news to local emails, to honor that I have hit my limits of screen time and external information and challenge. Instead I work to set socially distanced outside meetings and connect with my yard and garden in a deep, refreshing and replenishing way.”
“In these challenging times, I found myself embracing some of my own challenges rather than trying to fight them. I tried experimenting with different ingredients, recipes, and surprisingly, it has been more enjoyable and satisfying than I had ever expected!”
“I got back to my outdoor running habit after the fitness centers closed back in March. I really enjoy my runs and the distraction-free time (almost meditative!) in our beautiful surroundings. Besides, while my run trails are thankfully pretty empty when I run, observing other runners / bikers / walkers also thoughtfully practicing recommended physical distancing as much as I do has also brought about more appreciation for others and a feeling of safety while exercising responsibly outdoors. All in all, I feel grateful to be able to do this.”
LCI provides a mindset of leadership development. It helps build quality of work and opportunity, and recognizes the importance for leaders to think of their team as potential leaders as well.
This program took my leadership abilities to the next level. The year I spent with LCI has produced, above all, a confidence in not only what I am doing, but why I am doing it. Having that confidence has opened the door for me to utilize the concepts and skills that I learned along the way. “Thank you” just isn’t adequate enough to convey my gratitude.
“Through engagement with our community’s leaders, funders and non-profits, I learned how to better serve our beloved Santa Barbara County and look forward to a lifetime of meaningful philanthropy.”
“I was able to take what I learned in the program and distill my interests down to organizations where I can have the greatest impact. I also took away from the program that the for-profit sector can use the altruistic aspects of the nonprofit sector, and nonprofit sector can benefit from the business practices of the for-profit sector. This is a direction I am actively pursing.”
“The resources made available to our group were outstanding, as they gave us a roadmap for the best path to determine what our values were and where we eventually choose to make an impact. Standing here now, close to the end of the process, I am now amazed at all we have accomplished. I am truly grateful for the opportunity I have had, coming from North County, to be immersed in this Santa Barbara tradition!”
“I count myself very fortunate to have learned from so many wonderful people in the community and in the Santa Barbara Foundation. I look forward to learning with those people for many decades to come.”
“The Katherine Harvey Fellows program has opened up a network of individuals with diverse backgrounds through the panelists, supporters and fellows, that will be invaluable to me in my future efforts to grow and strengthen the Santa Barbara community.”
“KHF has deepened my desire and strengthened my commitment to serve our community and to continuously being learning. The outcome and final goal was important and necessary, but the process is what shaped me, what educated me, and what allowed me to leave each session wanting to delve deeper in community building.”
“Through this program my goal was to assess my strengths, develop my leadership style and effectively cultivate the ability to sustain and channel my enthusiasm throughout my career. I can say with resounding confidence that this program was all of that, and more! ELP has been an unexpectedly remarkable outlet for advice, support and peer relationship building. However, probably most important, the program has shifted the way I reflect and the way I see the non-profit world.”
“ELP has helped me see myself differently in relation to my career and has created pathways for my professional growth. It has opened windows for vision and doors to possibilities that I know will profoundly affect my life in the future near and far.”
“The program has exceeded my expectations. I have been pleasantly surprised by the high level of organization, the relevance of the ‘homework’ assignments to my experience, and the quality of the speakers and presentations.”
“The Emerging Leaders Program helped me recognize the fact that I already possess many similar values and knowledge essential to leadership. With the guidelines and structure of the program, I have found a new confidence in myself that continues to benefit me both personally and professionally.”
“I’ve been thrilled with the caliber of speakers and experts that have spent time with us. An entirely new network of colleagues and community partners has been opened up to me. I’m definitely thinking about my work and my role within my organization in a different and more hopeful way–a way I’m excited to explore.”
“This program has helped us gain skills that apply to all of the organizations we represent. I have grown from the experiences and discussions that we have had in our cohort. It is priceless to know that there is a group of people out there that might not do the work I do, but that I can count on for support, guidance, and growth in the non profit community.”
“I would say that this kind of work is critical to the sustained high quality work that is expected of nonprofit leaders. My participation in this work has benefited my staff and my organization.”