It’s been six months since I’ve posted here—a result of increasing busyness—but a recent Coro Fellows graduation touched me in a surprising way and brings me to pass it forward. I didn’t expect a lesson on gratitude from a Benedictine brother, but that is what we all received.
But before I go into that, let me share some context. Coro is an organization that prepares twelve young people a year for cross sector, transformational leadership through a nine month immersive experience in six internships, a group project, an individual project, and weekly seminars to make more systemic sense out of the metropolitan area public life. I was Chairman of the Board last year before having to step down due to the passing of my wife Susan. I was a Fellow in LA in 1965, and was on the staff of Coro in San Francisco from 1969-77 when I formed my consulting company. I owe much of my perspective on organizational development to this organization.
Dani Pietro, (third from the left above) a young woman in the program, was my intern at The Grove helping research a new idea we are hatching, so I was especially interested in attending her graduation. The fellows are all potential leaders in public affairs, businesses, labor, community groups, and media. The themes at the graduation are often about the challenges our society faces and how much young leaders are needed to face them. But this year came to that message by a different path.