Happy New Year and welcome to a new decade. 2020 is here. I’m sure you’ve heard that all last week and all day, but I’m saying it as we start the first real work week of the year.
I am excited to share 2020 with you for many reasons. New business objectives. New opportunities. New goals. New, new and even more new! I also have one other thing: I’m entering a new decade this year. I don’t mean entering the same one we are all entering, with the passage of time. I mean I’m personally entering a new decade of life. I am turning 50 this year! Fabulous and 50 it is. I’m ready and I’m taking everyone with me. There is so much happening this year and you are going to get a chance to participate all of it.
Let’s start with all there is to know about the new ConnectThree.
- ConnectThree has a new look. We have what I like to call a new dress. We have refreshed our branding and I’m excited to share it with you right here. Isn’t she pretty? ConnectThree turns six this year. Time has truly flown by and there are so many lessons as an entrepreneur that I want to share with you. And don’t worry. While our look is new, our commitment to make greater impact with the clients we serve remains the same. With this new look you know that means more new looks are coming, hold on, they are coming! All month we’ll be revealing all the new, that makes it FUN!
- The ConnectThree team is growing. Our services and people are expanding. You are going to get a chance to meet new team members over the next month. Our coaching team is expanding with a coach who will bring more support for executive leaders seeking to move their goals to the next level. She’s outstanding, I promise. She’s getting her own blog in the next week. Look for it and prepare to be amazed.
- ConnectThree’s offerings are expanding. We are now serving agencies and individuals with support in their racial equity journey. We live in a time when it is absolutely necessary for all of us to take a look at our policies and practices and make sure they are equitable. The work is challenging, but research shows that when you are delivering equitable practices in your business, it grows, your team is more productive and your partners seek your services more often and more deeply than those organizations that choose not to take the journey.
- ConnectThree’s reach is expanding. We are hitting the road. You’ll now see ConnectThree in Austin, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Oklahoma City. More to come with this one, but we have the chance to expand our coaching and peer networks outside of Dallas. You asked, we delivered.
- ConnectThree Networks are now called Leadership Connections. We’ve re-imagined our professional peer group networks for women of color who are currently leading or emerging as leaders in the nonprofit sector. Each Leadership Connections network will be tailored to the specific professional pathways of its members, with a focus on a commitment to expand the presence of leaders who think critically, act courageously and work collaboratively. In addition to the monthly peer network groups, our quarterly luncheons are back as LCQuarterly Connect. Mark your calendar now for January 31, March 19, August 25 and December 15.
Wow! 2020 is already amazing. I can’t wait to see you throughout the year. Three final exciting opportunities to connect with ConnectThree:
- ConnectThree Connections Newsletter: The monthly “here’s what’s going on” newsletter that includes information on Leadership Connections, a quick note from someone awesome about something awesome, a calendar of events and a coaching corner.
- C3 Book Connect: Our quarterly book club for sharing books and conversation that support personal and professional growth. We’ll chat about what hits you hard from the book and where you might need to take a deeper look at opportunities for growth. Our books this year:
- Brave Enough to Succeed by Valorie Burton
- The Memo by Minda Harts
- Expect to Win by Carla Harris
- How Woman Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith
- The “We’re Talking Connections” Podcast: A podcast that connects you to professional development as well as your roles as a mom, wife, entrepreneur, caretaker, manager, director and everything in between. The podcast will also connect you with the importance of network development.
I’ve held you long enough. Remember to mark your calendars for Leadership Connections and stay on the lookout for the announcement of the peer network monthly meetings.
Until we connect again, take good care and be well.