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Module Twelve – The Power of Tribes

A New Model of Leadership

I’m hoping this month’s session opens your aperture to the power of tribes!

Storytelling has been a through-line for this Fellowship. As the new year prompts us to plan “what to do”… I want to encourage us to start our planning by being aware of which stories exist in our lives? What is our “part” in these stories?

At the heart of our stories are tribes. Think about the people in your life… what “tribes” are most prominent in your life?

We are so fortunate to have Seth Streeter joining us for this session. His insights (and energy) about developing tribes will be a catalyst for the exercises we’ll do in class.

Please invest the time to watch Seth Godin share his insights on Tribes on the TED stage. I am inspired by his five C’s for leaders of tribes:

  • CHALLENGE the status quo
  • Build a CULTURE
  • CONNECT PEOPLE to one another
  • COMMIT to the tribe

I hope this video sparks you to think of leaders you’ve met (or WANT to meet!) who embody these principles. More importantly, where can YOU lead a movement?

Can’t wait to be with you on Tuesday, 2/11 at 3 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Foundation board room!  We will toast our “tribe” at the happy hour immediately following our session.


Seth Streeter

With nearly three decades of experience in the financial industry, Seth has been a featured expert in numerous national publications and shows, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Money Magazine, Investment News and Business Rockstars.  In 2000, Seth co-founded Mission Wealth, a leading national wealth management firm. With over $2.6B under management, they serve hundreds of families across 17 US locations.

Seth is an industry thought leader in conscious financial planning, helping people reframe their perspective of wealth beyond the financial to lead more balanced, impactful and fulfilled lives.  He was recognized by Real Leaders magazine in 2015 as one of the Top 100 visionary leaders who strive to create a better world.  In 2016, he spoke on the TEDx stage to share his powerful message, titled The Untethered Life: Wealth Redefined.

Seth has been an active community organizer. He founded Fast Pitch Santa Barbara, a community program providing nonprofit leaders with communication training to deliver a compelling three-minute pitch about the purpose and the biggest needs of their organization.  Hundreds of engaged audience members were able to vote for their favorite pitches and then cash prizes were given across various categories.  The successful event blended the competitive pitch excitement of the TV show Shark Tank with the audience voting participation from the TV show American Idol.

Seth elevated his community building efforts by founding in 2017.  The unifying platform empowers positive daily actions in the areas of sustainability, volunteerism and wellness.  Campaigns utilizing the platform have been launched by businesses, nonprofits, schools, universities and churches. The target by 2021 is to empower 10,000+ people in Santa Barbara County to take simple yet impactful daily actions to improve our resiliency, well-being and the health of the planet. Together, we can be an example for the world to follow!

Facilitating retreats for CEOs from across the globe is another passion for Seth.  His 2018 Developing Your 3.0 Vision for Life four day event for the YPO organization won the most Impactful Learning Event of the Year globally.  He is now an in-demand speaker and facilitator in areas of life transformation.  Seth is an officer and founding Board Member of YPO Pacific One regional chapter.

Seth resides in Santa Barbara, CA with his two teenage children.  He enjoys travel, connecting with fascinating people, continuous learning and a constant pursuit of finding the world’s best chocolate chip cookie.

READ: Finding Your Tribe

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  1. What does it mean (for you) to “resonate with someone”?
  2. Think about the small groups in your life (personal life, family life, work life, spiritual life, weekly hot yoga class, project teams…). What is it that connects you these groups?

Watch + Respond


  1. What is an idea you feel strongly about? What kinds of things could you do to lead a movement with this idea?

Class Discussion

There is no class discussion this month.

Poet’s Corner

“Everything is Waiting for You”

by David Whyte

We suggest listening to the spoken word version of this poem as you read.

Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely, even you, at times, have felt the grand array; the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding out your solo voice You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom. Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity. The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably themselves. Everything is waiting for you.

Upcoming Events & Key Dates

February 11, 3:00-5:00 PM – Tribes and Networks
Santa Barbara Foundation

  • February meeting to be followed by (optional) Fellows Happy Hour at Armada 1129A State Street

March 17, 8:30-10:30AM –When Boards Make a Difference
Location TBD

April 14, 3:00PM -5:00pm – Convening
Santa Barbara Foundation

  • April meeting to be followed by (optional) Mentor/Fellow Happy Hour at Armada 1129A State Street

May 12, 12:00-5:00PM – Retreat (****NOTE – FIVE HOUR SESSION***)
Location TBD

June 16, 3:00-5:00PM – Project Team Presentations
Santa Barbara Foundation

  • Fellows team presentations to be followed by Launch Event & 20th Anniversary Celebration (details tbd) at SB Foundation House (300 East Islay Street) – tentative timing 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Additional Resources

There are no additional resources this month.

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