Looking Back 2022


“we are each other’s harvest: we are each other’s business:
we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”

~Gwendolyn Brooks 

Dear CompassPoint Community, 

In 1983, Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, wrote the above words in her poem titled after, and written for, her friend Paul Robeson. 

The deeply beautiful simplicity of her words remind us of our connections to one another. They remind us of our duty to gather each other up as harvest times require, to recognize, engage, experience, and value one another as being each other’s business requires, to witness each other’s greatness as magnitude requires, and to safely come together as bonding requires. 


Background music: "Mountain Pass" by Lobo Loco; accessed via Free Music Archive and licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

The idea that “we are each other’s business” resonates deeply with a core principle of CompassPoint’s programs: building power by building community

Like all of you, we continue to grapple with what it means to build community in a world changed by COVID. If social justice requires us to come together to learn, challenge each other, and build relationships, how do we create the space for that? 

In 2022, we continued to experiment in answer to that question. We held our first (in over two years!) in-person gatherings, bringing leaders together for the launch of Next Generation Black Leaders and Self-Care for Black Women Train the TrainersWe also brought together folks from our HIVE Leadership Development program, rebuilding connections and building new ones in preparation for a new cohort of reproductive justice leaders launching this year.

For CompassPoint, the questions of how we build community by building power and how we build a Pro-Black organization have evolved hand in hand. Together with Next Generation Black Leaders and Self-Care for Black Women in Leadership Train the Trainers, our Pro-Black Learning Series gave us an opportunity to bring together Black leaders hungry for connection and eager to explore what developing a Pro-Black stance at their organizations could look like.

Our online public trainings were a consistent anchor for community building and learning, with many folks eager to explore offerings of our public trainings specifically for BIPOC leaders. More than 1500 leaders from 800 different organizations joined us in our public programs last year! Across our peer networks for HR and finance leaders and our Resource Mobilizer Circle, over 500 leaders participated in online gatherings and listservs built for peer learning and mutual support. 

 13 NEW TEAM MEMBERS 2022 BY THE NUMBERS 1500 PARTICIPANTS . . . joined us across our public programs and networks! Thanks for learning about Coaching Skills, Finance Fundamentals, Managing Time and Energy and much more with us in 2022. OVER 800 ORGANIZATIONS 400 LEADERS 500 NETWORK MEMBERS . . . connected through our Finance and HR networks, exchanging thousands of messages a month on our listservs! 12 leaders also joined our newly created Resource Mobilizers Circle. 20 LEADERS . . . joined cohorts built to cultivate Pro-Black Leadership. 13 leaders joined for the first ever cohort of Next Generation Black Leaders.! 7 joined our Self-Care for Black Women in Leadership Train the Trainters Retreat. . . . learned with us in 2022. Close to 70% were based in California. Overall, organizations represented in CompassPoint programs came from 40 different states! . . . leaders joined us in learning programs created just for Black and BIPOC leaders! That includes our Building Pro-Black Orgs Online Learning Series, cohort programs (see below), and BIPOC-only versions of our public training offerings. . . . joined CompassPoint board and staff last year. We're growing our capacity to create and deliver more learning programs for social justice leaders in 2023, including BIPOC-only offerings, and programs especially for Black leaders! W W W .C O M P A S S P O I N T . O R G 

In times of marked isolation, coming together to share challenges and successes (with a healthy dose of truth-telling, humor, and wisdom thrown in) helps remind us that we’re bound to each other. For leaders and organizations committed to social justice, it’s especially true! The last three years have reaffirmed that liberation depends on recognizing our interdependence.

We’re grateful for the energy, time, resources, and care you’ve invested not just in your own growth, but in the learning and transformation of leaders who share our learning spaces with you. We’re excited to bring that spirit into 2023 to continue to grow together.

In solidarity and partnership,
The CompassPoint Team 

Three easy ways to keep growing with us in 2023!: