Volume 1, Issue 4 — June 2000
Welcome to IWL’s monthly e-newsletter, designed to keep you, our alumnae, informed about current events and important information on the progress of our global community and commitments.
In this issue:
|1.||Alumnae Virtual Community Subscription Options|
|3.||Alumnae Favorite Sites|
|4.||Professional Business Women of California|
|5.||A Note from Rayona: Partnership and Community|
2) Coaches Column
Upsets! We all have them, discover how to use them and move through them with velocity.
Many thanks to Darla Atwood-Donovan (WLC 5/99) for organizing and clearly articulating our coaching tip from Rayona.
3) Check out our growing list of resources, including some of your favorite sites.
4) Professional BusinessWomen of California Conference Summary
5) A note from Rayona on Partnership and Community
I recently presented at Change2000 and the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), to large audiences of leadership and organizational change professionals. The leadership training featured in our Women Leading Change and Partners Leading Change programs is resonating as critical to the success of large organizations’ people and business as never before.
Partnership is also emerging as an organizational critical success factor. I’m expanding the definition of partnership to include the whole notion of community.
It seems communities get created either by default or by design. Some examples of default communities are those formed as a result of their geography, such as neighborhoods or as a result of religious heritage like my local Catholic Church.
Designed communities form as a result of volitional commitments by people who share what they see is possible, what impact they want to have, and what difference coming together can make.
More and more, IWL alumnae seek partnership and community building around their commitments. For instance, Lisa Duncan, Nancy Nelson and Gloria Montano, who play key leadership roles in the Society of Women Engineers, seek partnership from people who share their vision of a world built through the equal, but distinct contribution of men and women engineers and scientists.
IWL alumnae, Sindri Anderson, Oceana Lott, Leslie Camino-Markowitz, Marie MacDonald, and Anne Skipper are deeply engaged in and fascinated by developing leaders individually, organizationally, and for society overall.
These are but two examples of how we as a community can partner within our community to share best practices, have thought-provoking dialogues, and leverage the resources of our organization’s and our own talent.
I invite you to use this fabulous global network of insightful, passionate and generous partners to build commitment-based communities, within our own network. In addition, I invite you to extend the hand of partnership to other ‘kindred spirit’ communities. One of our deepest held values is generosity of spirit and creating partnership in this way enables us to demonstrate and share that generosity.
I welcome your thoughts, comments, success stories and great ideas regarding partnership and community.