joi foley

This past weekend, I did nothing. Well, I did something, and that something was consciously “doing nothing.”

topics: Rockwood Staff Shares

Rockwood Staff Shares: Spaciousness

“Rockwood Staff Shares” is an ongoing series about how the staff lives into Rockwood’s 6 Practices. Check out the other posts here. If you’d like to know the staff’s take on something, send us an email! This past weekend, I did nothing. Well, I did something, and that something was consciously “doing nothing.” I stayed at a […]

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Akaya Windwood

The sun is out and the lake/mountain/river/park/forest/ocean/backyard is calling.

topics: Personal Ecology

10 reasons to Take the Afternoon Off

Stacy Kono

What made a difference? She wasn't afraid to follow up.

topics: Alums, Art of Leadership

4 Tips to Help You Raise Funds for Leadership Development

  When Tiffany Eng became the Co-Director of Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL), she didn’t want to have to “learn the hard way” like other young, new nonprofit directors. “As leaders of a small grassroots organization, my co-director and I didn’t get regular supervision,” she said. “Seeking feedback and tools was […]

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Stacy Kono

"Tenzin Taklha ’s leadership style was marked with overpowering gentleness, deep humility, and absolute self-discipline."

topics: Art of Leadership, Mindfulness

Our Favorite Posts: The Gentle Leadership of Tenzin Taklha

Today’s  guest poster, Beth Rosales, has spent more than three decades in progressive philanthropy making grants that support social change and movement building.  When asked what he did for the Dalai Lama, without a blink, Tenzin Taklha responded modestly, “I cook his meals and make sure his tea is hot.” I met Tenzin Taklha six […]

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joi foley

We pulled together a few of our alums' latest posts from around the web to share with you.

topics: Alums

Round-Up: Alum Writing from around the Web

Our alums are incredible: we’re never short on news items featuring them to highlight on social media and in our newsletter. Recently, we noticed our alums are not only the subject of news items, but often the authors, too. We pulled together a few of their latest posts to share with you here on the blog. This list is mostly […]

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Akaya Windwood

"Becoming comfortable with our discomfort might just be the best leadership skill we can develop."

topics: Resilience

Confused, Unsettled, and Sometimes Cranky

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said “What the heck?” recently. Levels of absurdity seem astronomically high, and the world seems off-kilter like never before. Is there actually more hatefulness and oppression now, or has there always been this much, and we can now see it because of the ubiquity of cameras and […]

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joi foley

And here's to 15 more!

topics: Alums, It's My Birthday!

Rockwood Celebrates Its’ 15th Birthday

On Monday, Rockwood celebrated our 15th birthday with delicious food, warm conversation, a bit of dancing, a lot of laughter… and a brass band. We were welcomed to Impact Hub Oakland by its co-founder and CEO Konda Mason. After special messages from Rockwood’s board chair Greg Hodge and co-founders Robert Gass & Andre Carothers, CEO Akaya Windwood lead everyone through […]

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  It’s officially summer! Whether you’re closing out the fiscal year, getting back into the swing of things after vacation, or just enjoying the warm weather and longer days, this is a great time of year to check back in with yourself and your purpose. That’s why we created this downloadable worksheet you can use to reflect, […]

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Akaya Windwood

I’m reaching – to you, my partners – remembering that I’m never alone, even when it feels that way.

topics: Breath

Breathing and Opening, Softening and Reaching

I’ve been wanting to curl up in a ball and cover my heart lately. The world feels especially cruel right now, and particularly hard on black folks. I know that pulling in and shutting down is not the way we’re going to get through hard times. The world is not well served when I close […]

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joi foley

"I felt frustrated, lost, and angry, and I just could not see how one more leadership training could make any difference."

topics: Alums, Rockwood Stories

Alum Story: Between Rockwood and a Hard Place

A few years back, I got a call that would change my life. The caller asked me if I was interested in attending Rockwood’s Fellowship for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Advocacy. At the time, I had no idea of the impact the training would have in my professional life, but looking back, I […]

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