Knowledge Philanthropy Spotlight: Martha Sales

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“Martha has an infectious energy and is a joy to be around. She has an amazing ability to draw the best out of people, and challenge their thinking in a creative way.”

Martha Sales is an Executive Coach who first brought her time and talent to Vantage Point’s Executive Lab in 2012, providing coaching and development to the team of seasoned executive director mentors. Coming to us via referral from another knowledge philanthropist, Martha joined Vantage Point because it offered her the opportunity to connect her values of volunteering, community building and leadership development.

Since then, Martha has made an incredible impact here at Vantage Point. She worked with us to re-develop the course curriculum, taking a solid leadership program and making it transformational. She then became a lead facilitator for Executive Lab in 2013, leading 15 executive and artistic directors in developing their personal leadership strengths.

Martha really has found her fit with Executive Lab. “For me, it is an incredible experience to work with executive directors from diverse organizations to directly support their personal and leadership development. The great reward is seeing them find their voice and confidence as a leader.”

She will soon facilitate the 2014 program launching in April.

What keeps her coming back? In addition to the joy she feels working with a passionate team, Martha feels she has gained connection to community and the opportunity to deliver material she is passionate about.

If she could offer one piece of advice to leaders looking to engage a knowledge philanthropist, it would be to be clear and purposeful about your objectives. "Collaborate with people in a way that harnesses their talents. Express appreciation for their work and make sure they realize the impact of their efforts. Celebrate and have fun together!"

About the Author

Annastasia Forst contributed her creative and analytic work ethic (not an oxymoron) to Vantage Point as a past Director of Learning. She is passionate about working with many talented knowledge philanthropists to develop, deliver and evaluate Vantage Point’s board and executive leadership...

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