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Leadership Conversations Series: Implementing Your Vision in 7 Easy Steps

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In a recent leadership survey, 72% of respondents indicated they were looking for a leader who was forward looking. That is, 72% said they wanted to follow a leader that could provide hope of a better future than what they were experiencing today!

Someone once said, that the best way to lead people in the future is to connect with them in the present. People naturally want to accomplish something special and significant. It is the job of the leader to provide that hope of a much better tomorrow through the achievement of the dream.

Your vision is a picture of where you want your organization to go under your direction. Your vision will guide the day-to-day operations and unify the Board, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders.

How do you get there?

Join Alison Motz of Ascend Advisors and Christina Vassallo of SPACES for the key first session of this new leadership series--and learn how to implement your own personal vision for your organization. This webinar will provide you with the 7 steps to overcome cultural norms impeding your vision, clarifying strategies that will help you establish a new culture that drives your organization to meet your own personal vision and attain your leadership goals.

About the Presenters:
Allison Motz, M.P.A., President & Owner of Ascend Advisors is an innovative, strategic thinker with over 18 years of executive management experience creating solutions and strategies moving organizations to their highest potential. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

After completing 10 years in the non-profit and government sectors, she left to pursue a consulting practice with a goal of strengthening organizations that strengthen lives and communities. Her focus is customized to the needs of her clients and supporting their efforts to further their strategic visions. She seeks clients willing to work in partnership and welcomes organizations facing complex challenges. She thrives in work that requires strategic and tactical problem-solving. She can see the “big picture” and translate the picture into an operational plan for implementation. She has experience managing staff and support consultants and the ability to build relationships to enhance project goals. She is seeking opportunities with for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Allison has facilitated business and non-profit collaborations to address youth and workforce development challenges with shared solutions. She worked with healthcare systems to develop the Northeast Ohio Health, Science, and Innovation Coalition, an unprecedented partnership of regional health systems (Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Summa Health System, The MetroHealth System, Southwest General Health Center, EMH Health System, and the Louis V. Stokes Medical Center) working towards mutual workforce pipeline solutions.

Christina Vassallo is the Executive Director of SPACES, where she oversees operations and provides creative direction to one of the longest running alternative art organizations in the country. Her most notable SPACES initiatives so far include launching a $3.5 million capital & endowment campaign, spearheading a renovation and relocation project, expanding outreach initiatives, and curating exhibitions that provide artists new frameworks for responding to timely issues of local and international significance. Christina is an ex oficio board member of the Contemporary Art Society in Cleveland, and a committee member of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's Support for Artists Planning Team. She was just named one of Crain's Cleveland's 40 Under 40 in 2017.

Until recently Christina was based in New York City, working as an independent curator and also as Executive Director of Flux Factory, where she set the course for a thriving institution comprised of an international artist residency program, acclaimed exhibitions program, and innovative educational initiatives. Additionally, she curated exhibitions for Jersey City Museum, NURTUREart, Lafayette College, and New Haven University. Christina previously served as Associate Director of Kinz, Tillou + Feigen Gallery and as Assistant Curator at American Federation of Arts. She holds a B.A. in art history and an M.A. in nonprofit visual arts management from NYU.

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