The foundation of my work comes from the five years I served as founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. There’s one major theme that has emerged from both my work at the LACBC and my consulting practice: leadership development.
While at the LA County Bicycle Coalition, I prioritized leadership development with my staff, board and volunteers. I recruited volunteers, trained them, gave them the space to lead, supported them and thanked them for their work. Nine years after I left the organization, I’m thrilled that the LACBC continues to grow with a dedicated staff, board and volunteer base (please consider becoming a member and/or donor like me). No current staff or board member that is at the LACBC today was there at the beginning in 1998, meaning a whole new set of people have taken ownership!
Since I launched my own consulting practice in 2005, I’m proud to report I have served over 70 organizations like the LACBC. I have facilitated their retreats, led trainings on a variety of topics and coached numerous leaders. I help groups and leaders figure out where they want to go and how they want to get there. I support them to develop plans to make their dreams reality. I love working with a diversity of leaders working on a variety of related issues.
Leaders rarely get thanked for their work. Instead, they usually get criticized and don’t get all of the support they need. Leaders need the right combination of support, empathy resources and encouragement in order to continuously grow. When I get to coach a leader to overcome a fear they harbor, it brings me great joy. When I can serve a group of leaders at a critical transition point and help them align towards a common goal, I smile. When I get to see the network of leaders and organizations I have served transform Los Angeles into a more livable city, I celebrate.
In an effort to develop my own leadership, I have participated in several leadership development programs: Leadership Southern California, Leadership New York and a fellowship through LA Social Venture Partners. I have also served on three Boards of Directors (the LACBC before I became the E.D., Alliance for Biking and Walking and Sustainable South Bronx). I’m excited to learn I recently gained acceptance into the Master of Organizational Development program at Pepperdine University, an engaging program that “prepares leaders in the art and science of managing strategic change.” Let the leadership development continue!