Volume 1, Issue 5
Volume 1, Issue 5 – July 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. Partners Leading Change
2. Coaches Column
3. Additional Events
4. A Note from Rayona: Anne Skipper receives the Australia Medal
1) Partners Leading Change
IWL’s co-ed leadership training program. Check out participants’ feedback.
2) Coaches Column
Leading from Context™… what it is and how to keep it alive!
Many thanks to Darla Atwood-Donovan (WLC 5/99) for organizing and clearly articulating our coaching tip from Rayona.
3) Additional Events
Learn more about IWL partner events and other events of interest. These are updated on a regular basis.
4) A note from Rayona – Anne Skipper awarded the Australia Medal
Anne Skipper, our dear colleague and sponsor for IWL’s work in Australia, was awarded the Australia Medal, one of Australia’s highest awards, for her services to people with disability. This is similar to the American Congressional Medal of Honor!
It is a great honor, which acknowledges the tireless work she did fighting for equal rights for her daughter, Kate, who was born with severe cerebral palsy. During the 16 years of Kate’s life, Anne, her husband and their two other children, worked endlessly to give people with disabilities in Australia new hope and equal opportunity to live quality lives.
She continues that work today as a community leader extraordinaire in addition to her duties as director of Anne Skipper Associates. Anne also sits on several company boards.
Our thanks and congratulations to Anne for the huge difference that she is making as a leader in Australia. If interested, you can reach Anne directly at: http://www.anneskipper.com.au/
Anne, like all of you, is a hero in our eyes. Thank you for all the volunteerism and community service that you are contributing to make this world better for everyone.
A final thought regarding the challenges of leading change:
‘ … it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.’
— Nicolo Machiavelli, “The Prince,” 1515