TOGETHER WE LEARN: EMERGING LEADERS CONVENE IN CHICAGO
We Raise doesn’t just support leaders where they are, we invest in where they’re going next. That’s why, each year, we bring together leaders from our grant programs to a three-day convening in Chicago. Last week, we welcomed 24 leaders from 19 organizations from around the country, all working to address major issues in their communities. The conference-style gathering is designed to celebrate their work, provide opportunities for them to be refreshed, develop valuable skills, and be encouraged by networking with other like-minded emerging leaders.
The Emerging Leader Convening was an amazing experience to learn, build relationships, and feel energized for the work I was returning to. I met amazing people doing amazing things throughout the country that I could commiserate with, but also just share a deep dish pizza with and laugh with. The sessions were informative and encouraging, but more than anything, I left with tools in my toolbox to better do the work that We Raise is supporting through my grant.”
Riley Brown, Mount Nebo, Austin, Texas
Before I arrived at the Convening, I believed that there was nothing I could do to change the world. Then I met 15+ nonprofit organizations who are already doing it with the help of We Raise.”
Blake Miller, Shekinah Chapel, Riverdale, Ill.
This time away provided me a respite from the day to day and allowed me to focus on the “why’s” and “who’s.” Too often we get caught up in the “how.” I was able to get a fresh perspective on why this work matters and the importance of both my clients and staff members. Also, it was so refreshing to be around people who had the same drive and purpose to impact our respective communities. Many thanks to We Raise Foundation for this great event!”
Jay Marchand, Lutheran Social Services South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD