In our June 2017 webinar, Adam discussed his approach to confident participation and leadership in his family’s philanthropic work. He shared:

The number one thing that I think you can bring to philanthropy, whether it's a board meeting or something else, is the quality of your own presence.

As a younger board member, it’s easy to worry about my lack of experience: for example, whether I understood all of the dockets as well as I should have. 

Whatever are the voices of inadequacy, I quiet them by showing up to a meeting and saying to myself, "Whatever I'm meant to contribute to this conversation is going to come to me and whatever it will be will be exactly what it should be and, therefore, I'm just going to allow myself to relax and trust that if I need to say something, I'll know what it's going to be at the time." 

For seasoned trustees: Are you preparing your young people for success? Take a look at Generations Together for whole unit dedicated to preparing youth for authentic leadership. In it you’ll find practical tips and exercises, and more great advice!

For next gen trustees: Don’t wait around until you’re asked to become a leader, start cultivating strong leadership traits now! Generations Together has a unit entirely dedicated to developing your leadership skills.