Kate Grace, Director of the Emory University Community Building and Social Change Fellows Program, talks on the show about nurturing her student body into leadership, of approaching projects – and work in general – from the perspective of understanding the best outcome, being open to change, and being flexible. This takes us into an exploration of trust, sustainability, and what we do in the world.
Lessons from the Show
Kate talked to us about the deeper meaning of sustainability and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- Leadership means different things in different circumstances; and success also means different things in different circumstances. We do ourselves and those around us a disservice if we assume we know what it means without examining the circumstances carefully;
- Community is that which provides network and support in times of need;
- There is great value in diverse communities, and valuable ways to work on building them that again depend on our circumstances and environment.
About Kate Grace
For the past 20 years, Kate Grace has worked in community-focused positions, ranging from assisting families in crisis in rural North Carolina to facilitating community improvement projects in Atlanta’s low-income communities. While at the CHRC, a small community building and affordable housing nonprofit organization, Ms. Grace managed several projects including producing an inventory of over 600 organizations engaged in community development, as well as the Atlanta Affordable Housing Survey, and launching both an organizational capacity building program and a community benefiting internship project with The United Way.
As Director of the Emory University Community Building and Social Change Fellows Program, Ms. Grace continues her commitment to utilizing the power, energy, and skills of college students in order to improve the ability of community organizations to meet their mission. Since joining The Center for Community Partnerships in 2006, Ms. Grace has helped to craft and supervise over 25 partnerships with 125 fellows with in year-long community focused projects. Ms. Grace has extensive experience in project management and deep connections in Atlanta’s community development industry. Through her decade of work at the CHRC and in her role as Director of the Community Building and Social Change Program at Emory, Ms. Grace has built and values strong relationships with community-based practitioners across metro Atlanta.
You can contact find out more about Kate and her work at the Emory University Community Building and Social Change Fellows Program website.
This is episode # 179