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A special interview with founding board Member Nancy Swanson

A special interview with founding board Member Nancy Swanson, Executive Director of Linked Foundation.

On Leading from Within’s Growth

I have seen Leading From Within embrace growth, while watching the demand for their programs to blossom. Their philosophy started with being a learning organization, one that can experiment, innovate and really understand what leaders in social sector need. I knew when I began this journey the value in leadership, but I was unsure of the direction it would lead us.

On Leading From Within’s future

What excites me most about Leading From Within is the growth of both our network and programs. I have seen the programs evolve and our alumni build real connections with one another that help serve the larger community. I have seen trust built amongst leaders and how real connections lead to the success of the social sector. I am eager to watch the innovation and collaborative initiatives in our community develop further.

What Should we know about Leading From Within?

Leading From Within practices leadership development and looks holistically at a person’s life while taking everything into consideration. I believe people are the real engine behind the work, it is crucial to nurture and care for the space to keep the passion going. Leading From Within provides that, along with tangible skills individuals can walk away from. We are investing in our people and to me that is extremely important.

Choosing to join Leading From Within  

As a former Katherine Harvey Fellows and early Courage workshop participant, I believe in the power of leadership work. I had a previous history with both Ken and Carrie, and was so excited about the vision and leadership behind it. They are both remarkable individuals and it has been one of the greatest honors of my life to be in this circle with the most amazing board and staff.

A special Leading from Within Moment

Ken begins each board meeting by reading a poem, it could be anyone from John O Donohue to Mary Oliver. The last board meeting I attended he shared, Manna by Joseph Stroud who is one of my favorite poets. The poem ended with  “look how happy I am” and I couldn’t be happier with my time at Leading From Within.

However, at the end of the meeting, Ken wrote a poem for me, and it was the most touching moments and gifts I have ever received. It is a moment I will forever cherish.

Parting Thoughts

I am extremely grateful for the time I had with Leading From Within and am so proud to have been a part of the team. I don’t think there is a more talented board and staff. I have no doubts that Ed will be a tremendous leader and thought partner for the board. I am excited to see what the future holds for Leading From Within.

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