As we wrap up one sign of transition — another school year in the books — it feels like aspects of life in the U.S. have stabilized. Most of our education partners have held exams in person. New grads are headed to actual offices for internships and work experiences. Together We Grow members have convened huge conferences this spring, and there has been much reason to celebrate being together again.
What I appreciate, is that even as we focus on the reasons to celebrate being connected, we have not lost focus on how we can also be better. Our working groups have been diving in on this question: What has fundamentally changed these past two years? What new social contracts have we written? How do we make sure that the way we reorganize our workplaces and our classrooms ensures we are constantly improving, that we are turning this period of wild disruption into an opportunity to serve all members of our organizations, engage authentically in difficult work, and show up as our fullest selves so that our organizations can continue to rise to the challenges before us?
The work we are engaged in is people work. We lead by connecting with others. We bring up the next generation by taking others under our wing — either creating opportunities we did not ourselves receive or paying forward debts of kindness we have experienced. We transform by inspiring one another to do better, to be better. Next month, I’ll pass the baton to our new Executive Director. I hope you’ll join us for the grand opening of Terra in June to write the next chapter in Together We Grow’s story as we convene our members who are leading the way.
Executive Director, Together We Grow
This message was included in Together We Grow’s May newsletter. Subscribe to the monthly newsletter.