For the first time since I founded this organization more than 16 years ago, I will be taking an executive sabbatical. From April to November 2017, I will step away from College Possible. During this time I will travel around the country to meet with other social entrepreneurs, nonprofit founders and various experts to explore two concepts. First, I’m eager to learn more from other organizations about how they build out their senior leadership teams. Second, I want to learn more from other leaders who have led successful transformational growth strategies.
As I think back to when I first founded this organization and I look at where we are now, I am both humbled and deeply proud. College Possible achieves exceptional results and we have positively impacted the lives of many thousands of students. In just the past three years, we have more than doubled in size and initiated a bold new growth strategy to reach 50,000 students by 2021. Thinking back on our accomplishments and looking toward our future goals, College Possible is at an inflection point in its history.
This inflection point signifies a unique opportunity. I’ve started to think about how my role might evolve in the future, so that my talents can best be used to position College Possible for success. Academic and executive sabbaticals serve important purposes—they provide valuable time for reflection and reinvigoration, research and organizational planning, as well as intellectual exploration and development. Many of my nonprofit colleagues have reported that their organizations emerged stronger after their sabbatical.
I’m incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to step away for seven months knowing that College Possible will continue to thrive during my absence. Thank you for making college possible!
CEO and Founder