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Michelle Gislason
May 30, 2012

CompassPoint is thrilled to partner with First Place for Youth (FPFY) as it launches its own customized program to build the leadership and management skills and advance the career opportunities of emerging leaders within its organization. This year-long Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) for twelve staff leaders features an intensive kick-off retreat for participants followed by monthly leadership and management trainings and peer coaching to reinforce learning and provide ongoing support.
 

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Marissa Tirona
May 12, 2012

Ruminations on change surround us: “the only constant is change” (Heraclitus); “change is the law of life” (John F. Kennedy); “if you don’t like something, change it” (Maya Angelou); “a change is gonna come” (Sam Cooke). And yet, with all of our conversations about the inevitability of change, we are often ill-equipped to manage it, let alone lead ourselves and others through it.
 

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CJ Callen
May 9, 2012

After over a decade in the world of philanthropy, I jumped back into the nonprofit world to reconnect to the issue that was the impetus for my career in the sector: youth leadership. As the CEO following a founding director, I realized there were two main roads I could take: one of hunkering down (isolation) or one of reaching out (community). I chose community and, in embracing my choice, I have decided to share my trials and tribulations as a “rad/mad” new leader following a charismatic Baby Boomer founder.
 

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Kim Klein
May 3, 2012

“Systemic change.” I heard this phrase for years, and probably even used it, without really feeling what it meant. 
 

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Marissa Tirona
March 28, 2012

Earlier this month, I had the great fortune to participate in a multi-day retreat with other consultants and faculty members from the Move to End Violence Initiative, a 10-year initiative of the NoVo Foundation that is designed to strengthen sector leaders’ collective capacity to end violence against girls and women in the United States. The learning and reflective time I spent with these strategists and capacity builders made me think about some questions (among many!) we’ve been exploring in our leadership work at CompassPoint: What does leadership really look like beyond the individual or the organization? 
 

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Steve Lew
March 20, 2012

Every year on March 31 we honor the life of Cesar Chavez. This year, 2012, it also kicks off the 50th anniversary celebration of United Farm Workers (UFW), the organization founded by Cesar Chavez with the help of other early movement activists like Dolores Huerta. 50 years fighting for justice!
 

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Kim Klein
March 6, 2012

How can we use the energy of “Spring Forward” to get a jumpstart on fundraising? 
 

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Anne Ryan
February 16, 2012

On Tuesday, while you were sending cards and flowers and expressing affection for your loved ones, you were also enjoying taxes.
 

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Nelson Layag
February 8, 2012

Tuesday's ruling on Prop 8 makes me reflect on how proud  I am of the work we do and how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with all the folks at CompassPoint and in the community. As an organization, we’ve boldly stated that we WILL achieve social equity together and a moment like this brings to light how important the work is. 
 

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Tim Wolfred
January 26, 2012

For eleven years, I led CompassPoint’s Executive Transition (ET) program, helping organizations and leaders to plan and execute effective leadership transitions. In 2010, I participated in one of the toughest transitions I have ever worked on: my own.
 

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