On Stress, Sabbaticals, and Systems Change: Tributaries October 2021

“Maria, I don’t have any fight left in me,” my friend told me recently over lunch. She shared the impact that years of organizing and advocating were having on her. Her exhaustion was palpable. We talked in whispers, careful not to let the people around us hear us commiserate about the challenges of running organizations,…

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Tributaries: September 1, 2020

Being the president of this 36-year-old institution is the honor of my lifetime. But, like so many leaders, I often suffer from imposter syndrome. Who am I to lead this amazing foundation? Why do I think I am qualified to be the President? Am I really the right person to make big bold asks for…

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Introducing Tributaries

July 13, 2020 I have written and re-written this first paragraph too many times to count. This post was supposed to be the inaugural piece for Headwaters’ new project Tributaries, which aims to amplify what makes our leaders, movements, and futures so inspiring. Now that we’re living in a pandemic and an uprising, finding the…

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