I had the pleasure of being a part of our Bay Area Gather held here in Oakland. Although we hosted a much larger group than in Boston, the quality of our time together remained rich.
The willingness of folks to let down their guards and bring their full authentic selves into a space filled with mostly strangers never ceases to amaze me.
I not only saw a cohesiveness among the leaders present in the room, but many of the thoughts and needs expressed during the Bay Area Gather were reminiscent of what I heard from Rockwood folks in Boston.
One of my favorite aspects of all of our Gathers so far has been the closing. The energy shift in the room is palpable. Individuals have been allowed a moment to check-in with themselves. A group of strangers has begun to bond. Some of our most essential agents for social change have received a little bit of nourishment to continue their difficult work.
I leave reminded of why I love my job.
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