In the midst of the chaos, you showed up. You came from every corner of the world, and you found one another.
You noticed the world wasn’t the world you wanted to live in. You were tired of waiting for permission to build your own world.
You kept showing up.
You turned the chaos into hope.
We standby as a witness to your brilliance. We see, now, that you are the type of person who gives it everything you’ve got.
You invest in yourself, your peers, your team, and your community.
You invest in doing the good work. You invest in make things better.
When it feels easier to stay small and live in fear, you lock arms, rise up, and take the future in your own hands.
We needed you to lead, and here you are – defining what it means to be a leader.
Such a beautiful person you are.
This thing called life – we are not meant to do it alone. There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “There’s an invisible red thread that connects those who are destined to meet. The thread may stretch and tangle, but it will never break.”
For years, I wandered this place in search of finding the others, “Who are my destined connections? Where are they? What are they like? Will I find them?”
Now, I no longer wonder.
You’ve been here all along. Connected from afar, through the ups and downs, and now aligned in the quest for hope, peace, and love.
I think about you everyday. Our time together pushes me to grow in ways I didn’t know were possible. It is an interesting feeling to notice when people like you come into my life who leave an imprint on my heart.
Thank you. Thank you for being you. I honor you.
As we bring a close to the program, it is important to me that we do not bring a close to our relationship. You showed me what it looks like to show up, and now it’s my turn to show up for you. I am on your team for life. You have my cell – call/text anytime.
I invite you to show up with me one more time. We have our final official gathering scheduled for November 4th at 7pm-9pm EST. It’s called, Thin Red Thread – the event is live and ready for your RSVP.
It’s called, Thin Red Thread – the event is live and ready for your RSVP.
This is where we celebrate you. It’s where we celebrate the hope you bring to humanity. It’s where we connect, feel into the moment, and, once again, begin to chart a course into the unknown future.
With so much love from my heart to yours,
Meet the Emergent Leadership Cohort of Fall 2020
This cohort of exceptional creators, makers, and founders came together from around the world as complete strangers. They immersed themselves into the most complex problems humanity can remember. These resilient innovators have indeed launched ventures that impact the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.
At the beginning of the program, the cohort shared their passions, purpose, values, and reasons for being alive. They cultivated a sense of self, aligned with others in the cohort who believe what they believe, and collaborated across the world to create prototypes to support humanity in leveraging our greatest opportunities to evolve. You will see a few of these faces in the near future because we invited them to join our team – feeling grateful to have met such incredible people who are naturally motivated to do the good work to make our world a good place to live. Thank you!
Emily Wood: I want to help others and find meaning in my work and learn about people from around the world, their languages, beliefs, and cultures, and use that knowledge to help them achieve their wants and desires.
Braedon Leslie: I get out of bed to learn, to think, and to work on solutions to the world’s biggest problems. I get out of bed to provide. To love and be loved. I get out of bed to feel alive. I want to help people become their best selves. Specifically, I want to identify and fill gaps within the healthcare system.
Bridget Bergman: I want to learn about others’ experiences, help people with my skills, and bring more beauty to the world. I believe all people should have the resources they need to live their lives the way they want to.
Rohit S. Nair: I want to be there for people around me and support my friends and family in the best way I can without putting myself through a lot of stress. My purpose is to smile and make someone’s day, in that process make my own day!
Viola Zheng: Integrity is important to me. My purpose is to be able to see beauty. My essence is exploring the tensions that drive that beauty. We are also in a period of mass extinction. I hope to move towards my ideal world through protecting and valuing our biodiversity. My purpose is to see beauty and explore the tensions that drive beauty.
Vinayak Sharma: I am excited to promote stories of talented people and marginalized voices. I want to support ventures that are bringing about sustainable change within their communities.
Nicole Keenan: I want to affect positive change on the world. At the end of my life, I want my kids, grandkids, etc. to be proud of what I did for them and for other people. I want to leave behind lessons and, hopefully, a legacy.
JP Legarte: I get out of bed because I know that, every time I do get out of bed, I have purpose here on earth. I get out of bed because I have a community that I deeply care about and that cares about me too and because there’s so much I want to learn about others and the world and myself.
Damaris Kauffman: Waking up another day is just another opportunity to make the world a better place for all. I want to help bring together communities to make safer and more resourceful environments.