Gave Me the Ability to Envision Possibilities
Participating in the Fieldstone Leadership Network over the years has allowed me to strengthen my knowledge and network within the non-profit sector and has allowed me to move my career forward as a result. My leadership skills increased through the deep learning and safe space created in the emerging and executive learning groups. Every aspect of those programs was carefully curated and relevant to my day-to-day work, keeping me focused and clear on how to improve my leadership skills, problem solve more effectively, and promote a culture I am proud of within my organization. It gave me the ability to look ahead, set goals, and envision possibilities.
A few years after completing the executive learning group, our founding director was awarded a sabbatical through Fieldstone, which propelled me into leading the organization for four months in his absence. During this time, I never felt alone, as I leaned on my former cohort of trusted colleagues and friends. I was simultaneously participating in the Fieldstone coaching program. My coach provided a unique perspective and invaluable, regular conversations that allowed me to process challenges, have a sounding board, and celebrate my successes in a meaningful way.
Now l am leading the organization as the Executive Director and CEO. The Founding Director is passing the torch to a new Artistic Director, and that transition challenged me and allowed me to fully appreciate how leadership can affect positive change personally and organizationally. Being able to plan strategically and manage operations is important, but cultivating trust, confidence, and enthusiasm has been a huge takeaway from my participation in Fieldstone. The alignment I feel with my Board and team continues to motivate and inspire me. I know this ripple goes through every individual who is touched by our programs and that means the world to me. I am grateful for the individuals in my learning groups, the network of support, and my very special coach, who will forever remain one of the most impactful models of humble leadership I have had the pleasure of knowing.
Molly Puryear, Executive Director, Malashock Dance
Molly Puryear is the Executive Director/CEO of Malashock Dance. She has held the role of student, instructor, Education Director, Managing Director and Executive Director over her 17 year tenure. She participated in the Emerging Leaders Group, Executive Leadership Group, and Coaching Program.
Each week during our 40th anniversary year, a member of our Network will share what Fieldstone means to them and how being a part of this learning and leadership community has impacted them and the work they do to serve the community.
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