#365take2 — or, A letter without expectation.

There is so much to write in a blog about female leadership in the nonprofit arts world. I’ve been incredibly lucky in my professional and personal life. My experiences in adversity are real, but they are also privileged. I’m white, come from a wonderfully loving home, and am able-bodied. I have generally been surrounded by supportive people—women—family, friends, coworkers. I don’t have a lot of stories about being held back or feeling discrimination, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have them. The Nonprofit Leadership Workbook for Women notes that while 73% of all nonprofit employees are women, we only account for 45% of nonprofit CEOs. Slightly better than the 5% of female CEOs in the Fortune 500. I was honored to become the executive director of my organization very early in career, well before I was ready. But that’s the thing about women, right? We face challenges head on. We take advantage of opportunities when they arise. We figure it all out as we go. We must. We’re spending our days making the world a better place.

Following Through / Leading Through

It has been truly exciting and invigorating to follow this blogging experience. I have read great ideas (P.A.D.T.H.A.I), felt validated (A Lonely Place to Be), and seen that I have the same basic opinion as others but am there by an entirely different circumstance (Stop Blah, Blah, Blahing...).

Emerging Leaders as Arts Advocates

Advocacy has become an integral part of my work and I hoped this blog could be another opportunity to suggest it become a regular part of your work as we work to advance our field. When I read Edward Clapp’s open letter, “This is Our Emergency" with this topic in mind I was struck by how similar our call to action is to the cries of so many marginalized groups over the decades: women, African Americans, gays, people with disabilities. The details are different, but it’s the sound of drums and grassroots and whispers becoming shouts.

Sitting Not Just at the Table, But at Multiple Tables

This is my very first foray into the blogosphere. Sure, I Facebook and have left an online review or two, but unlike others straddling the Y and Millennial generations, I am not a dedicated, you tubing, tweeting, social networker. I first heard about 20under40 at the AFTA annual conference then followed a bit of the debate on Facebook. I was excited about the project then surprised to hear the caustic debate over the age factor. Why limit the voices in this project to those under 40?

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