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Transformation: A View from Spruce Street

Elizabeth Lucas
Elizabeth Lucas, CEO and Executive Director

Dan Millman, author and lecturer wrote, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

And that is what we are doing—building the new.

As we begin another year of Shaping Our Future for Increased Collective Impact, remember: Shaping Our Future is about building the new. Increasing Our Collective Impact is the direction our organization is headed.

And it’s coming together! Membership losses are lessening, Dream Program impact is rising, and contributions are increasing. Members often ask where they can find the results of the organization’s progress. This update is available annually, in our Annual Report and in our annual year-end infographic. Look for these reports in January 2018 to learn more about our progress.

In just four years, we will celebrate Soroptimist’s 100th anniversary. To prepare for our next century we are taking steps to ensure our success. Our success is defined as: Soroptimist being better known for greater societal impact made by economically empowering more disadvantaged women and girls through our brand unifying Dream Programs.

Einstein once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing, the same way, and expecting a different result. We know our system of clubs and regions need to adapt to our changing world—because we know the way we approach projects is not getting the results or the recognition we want our organization to be known for. That’s why we must work as one …. to Shape Our Future for Increased Collective Impact.

It is easy to stay with activities and projects that made us successful in the past. But, one of the core responsibilities of leadership is to understand when we need to change …. because we never change for the sake of change. We change to be more relevant and more impactful.

In March 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, stated, “Women’s economic empowerment is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda. We will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals if there is no accelerated action to empower women economically.”
Accelerating economic empowerment for disadvantaged women and girls—the focus of our Dream Programs—is rooted in the agenda for women’s equality outlined by the United Nations.

Imagine if we worked together—and made our Dream Programs the center of our club work? Our collective focus would make significant progress for disadvantaged women and girls. Our cohesive efforts would quicken the pace of our impact.

SIA can help meet the UN Secretary’s call for the acceleration of the economic empowerment of women and girls through our Dream Programs. I ask you to have an open mind and reconsider the way your club is approaching its programs and projects over the next several months.



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