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, […]
I’m reaching – to you, my partners – remembering that I’m never alone, even when it feels that way.
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 […]
"I felt frustrated, lost, and angry, and I just could not see how one more leadership training could make any difference."
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 […]
Rockwood's staff shares how they maintain their personal ecology.
“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! I have a confession to make: I am a recovering weekend workaholic. At my Art of Leadership training, my biggest “ah-ha” […]
As a Rockwood trainer, I like to set the tone in the training room using music. Music is often seen as just a background thing, but it can actually help people shift their state of being. I put on dance music to get people up and energetic. If I want people to get quieter and […]
What would the conversation about power sound like within the frame of kinship?
topics: Authentic Conversations
Ok, I admit it. I’m bored. B-O-R-E-D. Bored. Of racism. It used to interest me. I’ve worked to challenge it my whole life, and for many years I made my living doing “diversity” work. I used to get shocked whenever it occurred, but lately it’s been so ubiquitous, so pernicious and so persistent that it’s […]
"Working for deep, structural change means that we must always look for connections." ~ alum Hamutal Gouri
Alum Hamutal Gouri has graciously allowed us to share this post about her thoughts on the importance of community in social change work on our blog. You can read the original post here. Working for social change is a labor of love and patience… and, sometimes, of rage and righteous indignation. But at the end […]
"When I walk into the training room, I am surrounded by people who inspire me and they keep me relevant."
topics: Trainer Talks
Maria Ramos-Chertok a consultant, trainer, writer and mediator with over 20 years of experience in conflict resolution, team building, managing change, and cultural competency. She earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. A Rockwood trainer since 2008, Maria sat down with me to share her thoughts on […]
All too often, action-oriented social justice and not-for-profit leaders jump straight into planning the process – without first nailing down a clear sense of purpose and outcomes.
It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s one of our all-time most POP-ular posts, originally from Rockwood trainer Suzanne Hawkes’ blog. And if you enjoy this, be sure to check out another post of hers, 5 Qualities of a Great Organizational Vision. One of the simplest, snappiest and most useful planning tools I know is one we teach […]
"We celebrate because celebration is medicine. We celebrate because we are humans, and that’s what humans do."
Rockwood turns 15 this year! We’ve come a long way from a few folks sitting around Rockwood co-founder Andre Carothers’ kitchen table discussing the state of non-profit leadership back in 2000. People were skeptical when Rockwood co-founder Robert Gass offered his first Art of Leadership – what were those strange people from Berkeley and […]