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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joi foley

Rockwood's staff shares how they maintain their personal ecology.

topics: Personal Ecology, Rockwood Staff Shares

Rockwood Staff Shares: 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” […]

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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 […]

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Akaya Windwood

What would the conversation about power sound like within the frame of kinship?

topics: Authentic Conversations

Bored of Racism

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 […]

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joi foley

"Working for deep, structural change means that we must always look for connections." ~ alum Hamutal Gouri

topics: Partnership

Guest Post on Community: “Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right”

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 […]

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joi foley

"When I walk into the training room, I am surrounded by people who inspire me and they keep me relevant."

topics: Trainer Talks

Trainer Talks: Interview with Maria Ramos-Chertok

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 […]

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