This question was the tipping point for my thought leadership. It was not until I answered that question, that I was able to get clear about my how I wanted to show up in the world. You see, I have always been an expert at being in service to others. I’m guessing as someone that chose to be in the nonprofit sector, an industry built on being in service to others, you, too, are great at it.
You’ve read our She Roars emails, you’ve shared your thoughts, and you may have pledged your commitment to bringing your thought leadership to the world, and now, it all comes down to this: the moment when you decide whether to sit on the sidelines, or leap head first into building your Thought Leadership Platform.
Next month, I’ll be speaking at Hive’s Global Leadership Conference, about thought leadership for women in social change. I’m excited to present my framework for thought leadership, but even more important to hear from women about how they want to use their expertise and voices to change the world.
A few years ago I attended a fundraiser hosted by a board member of a local nonprofit. I attended the gathering because the passion and mission shared by the board member really made me feel like it was something I would want to be a part of. There were about 30 people in attendance; the majority of us had no connection to the organization and were there to learn more about their work.
Last night I was on a crowded Metro-North train in New York City heading home. I was seated in a four seat section of the train and was directly across from a male commuter. Without realizing what I was doing, I jammed myself into the corner of my seat, taking up as little space as possible, assuming that he and whoever occupied the seat next to me would need all of the space.
I’ve been thinking about the evolution of our agency. Over the years we’ve continued to identify areas where we can add value to our clients, while also challenging ourselves to do increasingly great work. There have also been those occasions that we were so head down doing the work, that we completely missed what was in front of us, and had to play catch up.
“Are you ready to change the world?” That is the question that graced the cover of our very first brochure many years ago. We chose that question because it best represented the embodiment of how we see the nonprofit sector: a committed group of stewards always answering the call to improve the human condition. We find ourselves asking that question a lot lately, as we help organizations prepare for a period of uncertainty.
In recognition of the need, urgency and opportunity to cultivate the ranks of women among thought leaders in the social change sector, The Wakeman Agency has officially launched She Roars. The one-of-a-kind offering has been specially designed to address what women in leadership roles require to maximize their impact.