Throughout our history, Fieldstone has always included the insight and wisdom of its nonprofit partners to help it craft its strategic direction. We believe the inclusion of the leaders we serve has played a key role in our ability to design and offer the services needed by the sector. Last week, this tradition continued as ten nonprofit leaders from Orange and San Diego Counties joined Fieldstone Leadership Network staff for a two-day strategic focusing workshop.
Using the Network’s framework of “Build, Deepen and Sustain”, the workshop was facilitated by Tom Hall of AlbertHall Associates. The group used its time together to explore our current leadership offerings and examine how our work remains relevant in addressing the needs of nonprofit leaders and their organizations, what offerings need to be created and which ones, if any, should be eliminated or modified. The group also worked to further develop our newly launched Creative Encounters by Fieldstone program and to kick start our new fundraising and development efforts.
Each of our thought partners is an active member of our Network and each of our eight leadership development programs was represented by someone in the cohort. Our thanks to the following leaders for sharing their wisdom and time with us:
- Vince Beresford; In-N-Out, Slave 2 Nothing Foundation
- Joe Buehrle; SAY San Diego
- Shana Buxser; CHOC
- Matt D’Arrigo, Clare Rose Foundation
- Vanessa Davis, Just in Time for Foster Youth
- Torrie Dunlap; Kids Included Together
- Don Han; Orange County Human Relations
- Gladys Hernandez, Habitat for Humanity, OC
- Kathie Lembo; South Bay Community Services
- Katie Sawyer; San Diego Women’s Foundation
Despite our hard work and higher than expected temperatures, fun was had by all. As one of the participants shared, “it was everything I love about Fieldstone – deep and meaningful conversation with passionate colleagues, nurturing old connections and forming new ones, wonderful hospitality and a sense of being truly cared for, and the possibility of greater impact on the world as a result!”