Welcome to the wonderful New Year, Web of Change!
Nerd confessional: I love reading about composers. I liken them to fun mad scientists that make awesome art (like a 4-person string quartet played in helicopters) instead of drones. But really, I connect to how they embrace experimentation, risk and collaboration, which are all hallmarks of my experience with Web of Change.
2013 felt like we made some art of our own -- with our first official community-elected volunteer board, moving locations and launching ambitious peer mentoring and local programs to keep the special Web of Change spirit alive throughout the year. And you know what made it all possible inspiring and worthwhile? You. This community. You have touched and shaped Web of Change every step of the way.
Now I speak for the rest of the Board when I say that we just can't wait to share what's in store and what magic we'll make together in the year ahead.
-- Sabrina Hersi Issa
1. 2014 FLAGSHIP EVENT: September 3rd-7th at Hollyhock!
Save the date. This year, we’re returning to our roots at the magical Hollyhock retreat centre on Cortes Island. Only 6572 hours to go. Applications will be open in March!
2. Advisors Meeting: March 15th in Washington, DC
Open to all alumni. Interested in shaping this year’s event? Come re-connect with colleagues for an in-person advisory meeting -- hosted by our 2014 Event Chair (and resident toast master) Jessy Tolkan. Mark your calendars and signup here for more details.
3. Managing Director: We’re Hiring
In case you missed it, we're looking for our first year-round, part-time staffer. Want to spend your days with Web of Change peers quarterbacking us into the next chapter?
4. Your Volunteer Board: Now With Roles
We're growing up fast and your elected, seven-person board has settled into roles for the coming year.
5. 2013 Alumni Survey Results: How’d We Do?
80% of Alumni said their experience in Texas “exceeded” or “far exceeded” their expectations (up 10% from 2012). 98% said they are “likely” or “very likely” to recommend Web of Change to a colleague (up 20% from 2012). Yes you read that right. Click here for a full summary.
7. The Year Ahead: Goals
We've got 'em set here. Let’s make 2014 something special together.