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Taking a Step Back — Nonprofit leaders rejuvenate so they can move forward

Pacific Coast Business Times, Monday, November 2, 2009
By Marlize van Romburgh

Sometimes you just need a break from saving the world.

Or, as Sigrid Wright, assistant director at the Community Environmental
Council in Santa Barbara, explains, “Sometimes you just need to be able to
go into a room for two days and not have to solve a problem.”
That’s what Courage to Lead, a new Santa Barbara-based organization,
aims to offer nonprofit executives: A chance to take a break, rethink and

The program, still in its inception year, consists of a series of five
quarterly two-day retreats at La Casa de Maria, a retreat center in the
Montecito hills. There, 20 nonprofit executives gather together to share
their experiences – or simply to take time entirely for themselves. The
program currently serves nonprofits in the area from San Luis Obispo
County down through Orange County.


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