In this recorded online presentation, Judy Sorum Brown helps participants to discover their untapped strengths.
From The Art and Spirit of Leadership by Judy Brown
Some time back,
we had in mind
into some brambled place.
And we were left
beset by our anxieties
about where the path
wondering with our feet,
as still we edged along
into foreign terrain
that has an odd appeal
as it turns out:
created out of
and grievings shared and hidden,
creeping out of what
never came to be
that we had counted on;
that we used
to guide us;
myths that promised
trails we never found;
and improvised stories
that grow out of the
gifts and tragedies
of a life
we never had expected.
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I wish you the ability to breathe
after pain, to begin again, though
nothing else seems possible.
I wish you resilience: to part like
the ocean and accept like the sky,
to be held like a root.
I wish you survival: to take in life
like a trapped miner finding an
airhole and praising it as God.
I wish you courage: to ask of
everything you meet, “What
bridge are we?”
I wish you chances to listen:
to all that holds us up.
I wish you the-kindness-that-you-are
coming to brighten your face
like orange leaves scattered
at the end of fall.
I wish you endless journey that
seldom appears as we imagine.
I wish you curiosity: to make a
boat of wonder and an oar
About Judy Sorum Brown:
As a Quaker, she is interested in processes that incorporate reflection and inquiry. Judy will lead a conversational exploration to help participants draw on their own inner strengths and recall when they have exhibited those strengths. And she will share examples of useful strategies and encourage participants to follow up by developing greater awareness of their own capacities to deal with these changing times.
A former White House Fellow, Judy’s work with organizations revolves around themes of leadership, change, learning, dialogue and creativity. She has served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Dean and Director of Executive Programs of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland, and Vice President for Seminars and Cooperative Programs at the Aspen Institute.
An expert in the aging services field, Judy helped develop the LeadingAge Leadership Academy program. She also created and has worked with Kendal’s Leadership Fellows Program since its inception in 2012.
You can learn more about Judy’s background and expertise at judysorumbrown.com.