You know that moment when someone casually asks, “I haven’t seen you in ages, what’s new?”, and you have that nanosecond discussion with yourself . . . “Who is this person, how much time do I have, what is the intention behind their question, how much should I reveal, what is my current mood? And honestly, my life changes every three minutes, how could I possibly catch you up on the last two years?”
This note to you is my sincere and enthusiastic answer to that question.
My website, newsletters and social media have been pretty silent for the past two years. And so, I am excited to share my new site, my refined services, the next evolution of my work, and my new thought pieces and musings.
What to reveal, how personal to get, what might be interesting to you, what are the points that really matter?
What's New? Not much. And everything.
On one hand, not much
I have been working with philanthropists, influential leaders, and nonprofit CEOs and boards for more than 25 years. I am still doing this work and I intend to do it for a good long time to come. I love my work deeply and I am grateful to be able to say that. I am still serving as an advisor on the big, complicated topics that leaders do not know how to tackle on their own. I still love bringing clarity out of chaos. I still work with individuals, with organizations, and with groups and collaborations. I still love speaking, teaching, and presenting.
My personal North Star, my purpose, is to change people’s perspectives of what is possible. I am still endlessly fascinated by my kids, and love nothing more than a road trip with them that results in lots of laughs and some misadventures.
On the other hand: everything
The biggest change in my life was initiating a divorce in 2016, 18 years into a marriage. Moving residences four times. Not knowing if I would be able to keep the business or if I would need to start over after the settlement. Reclaiming my maiden name and, really, my identity by going from Emily Hall back to Emily Sterling. Facing challenges I had never anticipated. Practicing how to be vulnerable and seeking help, while growing more clear, more at choice, more healthy, and more joyful.
And I am so thrilled with ‘what’s new’
I have become even more fascinated with what actually allows for change — and in particular, how an individual’s personal relationship to change allows for (or stalls out) organizational and systemic change.
I am no longer orchestrating big, multi-consultant projects. I no longer have 15 staff and 60+ subcontractors. The range of services I provide is more focused. I am serving as a sole advisor, coach, facilitator, and convener with one personal assistant.
A strong theme of my work has become around mindset and resilience. I love nothing more than to help people think things through, expand their available options, and find a better path forward. I am adding a stream of work specific to women’s leadership. I am doing more work with cohorts, communities of practice, and donor circles — convening interesting and diverse people around common interests.
I am activating my beautiful space on 15 acres in the woods as a resilience center and gathering place for big ideas and real conversations. I am incorporating musicians and other creative talents into my workshops and gatherings, hosting house concerts, and working with musicians on their own philanthropy and giving back.
I hope you will find that my new site, blogs, musings, newsletters, reports, social posts, podcasts, and videos spark something in you that elevate your curiosity and self-reflective nature. Perhaps you will be interested in exploring the topics of high-impact strategy, effective leadership, personal resilience, navigating change, new governance models, increasing capacity, creative expression, the joy of music, compelling philanthropy, donor circles, and interesting ways of learning together. Perhaps you would be interested in attending workshops and concerts at the resilience center.
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And a special note on gratitude
I am somewhat of a collector of mentors and teachers. I get ideas and insights from virtually every conversation I have. There have been hundreds who have shaped my life materially, and I send each of you my deepest thanks. You have impacted me in a way you will likely never know. For guidance over the last few years specifically, and in addition to my amazing and loving family, I send deepest gratitude to these advisors and friends in particular:
and Daniel Ellenberg
I am so excited about how the changes I have made are shaping the future. I hope you will join me in exploring both what will help you thrive, and how to ensure your purpose reaches its fullest expression.