Why does Rabble Up exist?
Rabble Up is a coaching and training program specifically designed to meet the needs of emerging social change leaders.
Unlike other life or career coaching, or traditional leadership development workshops, I address and respond to the complex and evolving needs of people in their 20s and 30s with social change values and the need for some savvy support. I focus on personal sustainability, self-awareness, and self-love as the primary tools for my work with clients.
But, to take a step back, I want to share how I came to see this type of support as a need.
Rabble Up is, without a doubt, my passion project. As I say in my bio, I spent years working in non-profit organizations and foundations, learning the in’s and out’s of the field. It’s been a great ride, and I feel lucky every day to have made it this far.
At the same time, as I spent more and more of my life inside the progressive movement, I began to notice some startling trends:
1. Younger leaders are burning out before they even start.
Young activists are falling down, and falling down fast. Burnout is no longer a phenomenon—it is a near-certainty. It’s not a matter of if, but when.
- When will the long-hours, unpaid internships, and lack of mentorship become just too taxing?
- When will the part-time job to pay the rent win out over volunteering for the local community-based group?
Rightfully so, young people have big questions about pursuing social change as a viable career.
2. Access to leadership development resources are thin.
For the most part, the highest caliber of leadership development trainings exist in New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and other major cities. While this might not be surprising, it is cutting us off from millions of potential leaders that don’t have access to those in-person trainings, or for whom the culture and language of progressive activism is not within reach.
Especially for young people of color and LGBTQ folks, the battle is still an uphill one.
3. Organizations are stalling with regards to innovation.
For an organization to grow into the next decade, it must be attractive to new generations of change-makers. Innovation is a strategic necessity.
An organization must integrate comprehensive leadership development training into their work, but also consider how their programming and campaigns are bringing in new voices and perspectives to the issues they work on.
As Baby Boomers are beginning to exit the top of the field, a new bench of leadership is inevitable. But, will those leaders be prepared, or even want the gig?
4. Traditional models of leadership development aren’t enough anymore.
Transformative leadership has emerged over the last several years as a more holistic way of working and developing social justice activists. These trainings prioritize self-awareness, mind-body connection, and grounded leadership.
There are a handful of organizations doing this work, and from whom we can learn many needed lessons and techniques. This work, however, is not specifically designed for younger leaders, or marketed to those who don’t already have a thriving career in the movement.
What would it look like to provide holistic personal and leadership development resources on the front end of someone entering this field?
How would that change an individual’s trajectory, and how would it change the cultures of the organizations of which that person becomes a part?
5. Millennials have different demands for sustainability.
Current research on younger generations all points to the fact that they have different ideas about work/life balance, and how to build a sustainable career.
Have a conversation with a few people in their 20s and 30s, and you know that the research is right. In order for the non-profit sector and the progressive movement to provide the type of jobs that Millennials are seeking, new structures might need to be implemented. And, more than any other generation, Millennials are also looking towards social entrepreneurship to solve society’s problems.
Given these trends, I am here to support emerging leaders navigating these tough waters, and more than anything, to help them love themselves in the process.
It’s one thing to know that you want to make a difference in the world; it’s another thing to actually get a job that fulfills that need, and an even harder thing to feel excited, passionate, authentic, and rich every day.
The beautiful thing about coaching is that it’s all about the client. They are the focus. Their questions, concerns, fears, strength, and choices. My intuition and my years of training allow me to hone in on their real work, and create a real sense of openness and relief for the rest of their week.
Rabble Up also provides customized trainings that take participants to a deeper level than most other leadership workshops. I’m not afraid to get into the nitty gritty of what makes staff members tick, and do the hard work of re-inspiring their passion.
So there it is. I feel excited about the potential of this program and the journey Rabble Up is embarking on. Feedback has been stellar, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I’d LOVE to know if you relate to any of these trends? Leave a comment or get in touch, this conversation starts with you!
Cheers to all of you, and I can’t wait to keep going.