Leadership is about making others feel safe: Simon Sinek at TED2014

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Simon Sinek. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Simon Sinek. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Simon Sinek begins his talk with the story of former U.S. Army Captain William D. Swenson. In 2009, Swenson was on an operation in Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border, when his column was ambushed. It was bad; many were injured. During this ambush, Swenson called for air support and ran through enemy fire to rescue the wounded. The moment was recorded by a GoPro camera on one of the medic’s helmets. With two comrades, Swenson brought in a severely wounded sergeant to a helicopter for medical evacuation. “You see Captain Swenson bend over and give him a kiss, before he turns around to rescue more,” says Sinek.

Sinek points out this gesture was unusual—and important. It was a leader showing intense care for one of his subordinates. Even love.

“In the military, they give medals to people who sacrifice themselves so that others may gain,” says Sinek…

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Impact Stories: Briana Rutledge

Briana Rutledge PhotoAmeriCorps VISTA member, Briana Rutledge, serving with Southwest Conservation Corps in Tucson, worked with the recruitment and supportive services department to recruit and develop materials for the benefit of disadvantaged youth who lack access to job skills or educational opportunities. Briana has found it a privilege to provide the resources for 21 youth who, though bright and full of knowledge and compassion, lack access or experience to means which others take for granted. She expresses that seeing young people who have struggled with homelessness, harassment and discrimination, being a single parent, or struggling with addictions, have an honest and appreciative willingness to take charge of their own lives as heartwarming and often emotionally overwhelming.

Free Online University Classes


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Introduction to Public Speaking

Enhance Your Career and Employability Skills

The Age of Sustainable Development

Brandeis University Announces Game Changer, Offers 50% Tuition Scholarship to Enrolled AmeriCorps Alums!


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Originally posted on A Lifetime Of Service:

Heller views AmeriCorps experience as a reliable indicator of high performance, commitment to social justice, leadership and teamwork.  These are not just the attributes of successful graduate students, they are attributes of successful leaders. We are proud to partner with AmeriCorps Alums and further our joint commitment to advancing social justice in communities here and around the world.~ Elizabeth Cole, Assistant Director Admissions

2013.12.Heller.Brandeis.Logo.115 heightTo recognize this, the Heller School recently announced a guaranteed minimum 50% tuition scholarship for all AmeriCorps Alums enrolled in either the MPP or MBA in Nonprofit Management programs, a scholarship worth over $21,000 based on 2013 tuition rates.

Ranked in the top ten schools of social policy by US News & World Report, Heller School for Social Policy and Management is a leader in providing financial assistance awarded to AmeriCorps alumni. Whatever cause you are committed to – ending poverty, improving health policy, protecting the environment, spurring community development, resolving…

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Arizona Gives Day


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Arizona Gives Day is a statewide, 24 hour, online giving campaign. Arizona Gives Day is a way for people to find, learn about, and contribute to causes they believe in. Arizona Gives Day provides nonprofits with a way to share their story and engage the community through a unique online giving platform. For more information, please visit Arizona Gives Day 2014

Impact Stories: Matt Ronquillo



On Saturday, February 1st, over 300 people attended the YWCA’s Tribute to Leadership. This event is a special evening set aside to recognize outstanding individuals in the community who embody the YW’s mission: to eliminate discrimination and empower women.  Alliance AmeriCorps VISTA Matt Ronquillo assisted the YW with event planning, promotion and preparation. During the event Matt coordinated a team of 6 volunteers to assist with logistics and selling raffle tickets. Exact number of dollars raised have not yet been released. Dollars raised will go directly to the YW’s programs, including their Own It Financial Education program, awareness programs and essential services for seniors. Cindy McCain and Matt Ronquillo


Tomatos for Cesar

Based in Window Rock, Arizona is Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits VISTA Linda Banks; serving with DNA Legal Services’ sponsored VITA program.  While based in Window Rock, Linda coordinates this valuable tax assistance program for low income residents all over the Navajo Nation, reaching remote towns and areas every week.  We are proud  to share Linda’s “above and beyond” service in honor of upcoming Cesar Chavez Day of Service on April 1st.  Linda has started and is nurturing 30 tomato plants to be donated to the community garden  in Window Rock!  Linda Banks is making a difference in Window Rock!


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