This blog post is the fifth in a series of success stories featured in our 2012 Annual Report.
In October, 140 not-for-profit leaders gathered at Vantage Point’s 2012 Leaders Forum, eager to shake up their leadership approach and learn new skills to transform their organizations and communities.
Bringing Fierce Conversations to Vancouver was a significant milestone in our work to inspire and build leadership in the voluntary sector. Halley Bock, CEO of Fierce, Inc., one of North America’s leading experts on leadership development and workplace communication, led an invigorating morning session grounded in the principles pioneered in Fierce, Inc.’s best-selling books, including – Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life, Once Conversation at a Time.
Navida Nuraney, Executive Director of ArtStarts in Schools was among the 140 leaders who looked forward to this event. “Working with people is the most important thing I do as an Executive Director, so being able to gain insight and ideas about how to have some of those tough conversations is really exciting. That’s what brings me here.”
Derek Weiss, Manager of Community Engagement at Union Gospel Mission, agreed. Following the event, Derek reflected on his learning by saying, “This was a pivotal event for me and my ability to connect with others in good conversations. It’s going to make a difference to the people I lead, it’s going to make a difference to the people who lead me, and to my entire organization and the people we serve.”
When asked why she attended , Trish LaNauze, Executive Director of Charlford Society House for Women expressed excitement about the timeliness of Leaders Forum and its content. “I appreciate the way Vantage Point is presenting Fierce Conversations, because I get to learn in a room full of other people. That is an enhanced experience. And I always know that if Vantage Point is presenting something, it’s an event I need to be at.”