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What Do You Look for in a New Leader?

The YMCA of the USA recently named Kevin Washington as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Welcoming a new leader is something most people in the work force are familiar with and have witnessed at least once. For the Y in particular, what traits and characteristics do you think an individual needs to lead our organization? Whethere you're a member, a volunteer, donor, or staff person, what does it take to be a leader in the 21st century?

 

 

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Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, CEO, President, Kevin Washington, Boston, Chicago, YMCA of the USA, Y-USA, Leadership, 21st century, Millennials, Generation X, Generation Y, the y, YMCA

The Trouble with Assumptions

As I walked into the mom’s group I attend twice a month, I noticed there was a new mom at the refreshment table. After talking for a few minutes, she told the rest of us that she was the mother of a 6-week-old. She looked amazing! She had a flat stomach and far less eye bags than I remembered having. [Insert jealousy here.] "You don't look like you just had a baby!" I exclaimed. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, motherhood, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, Love, Newborn, Adoption, Fostering, pregnancy, Sacrifice, Teaching

Being Community

You have a voice. And so does Sean. This is his Y. His words. His story.

Several weeks ago while sitting at the dining room table eating my oatmeal breakfast I noticed a dry oat slowly moving across the kitchen floor.  Intrigued by the magically moving oat I got down on my hands and knees to offer a closer inspection only to find that this mysterious oat was being carried by a very small and very strong ant.  My usual inclination would be to assist this ant in transitioning to the here after but warding off my temptation to help was the great lesson the ant was teaching me about who we need to be in community in order to see change in our community.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Community, communities, Seattle, washington, Pacific Northwest, the y, YMCA, Generation Y, Generation X, So Much More, Leadership, Leaders, determination

The Book on Youth

Screen-addicted Millennials? Not so fast. There's been talk that Americans, say between 16 and 35, are just as likely to visit the library than download the latest e-book. Let's face it, institutions like libraries are having to reinvent their concepts and appeal to the visitors in new ways.  more

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