Stephanie Clohesy (KNFP 4), Consultant, Clohesy Consulting, Cedar Falls, Iowa
I think the fellowship took me off the path of positional leadership. I find that rather paradoxical.
Stephanie Clohesy focuses her work on the ÄúintersectionsÄù in equality and social justice issues. Through her consulting firm based in Cedar Falls, Iowa, she helps make social change by assisting organizations in becoming more effective at achieving their mission.
For example, Stephanie describes, ÄúWhen a new philanthropist creating a new foundation successfully discovers a mission that connects his or her own inner passion with the great needs in our world, then I know I have unleashed long-term change. When well-established foundations or nonprofit clients find their way through a thorny landscape of challenges, then I know I am contributing to more effective social change work by that organization.Äù
Her approach is Äúto have deep and loving relationships with each client-organization so that my learning, and theirs, is maximizedÄîand our willingness to change and grow through our work is maximized.Äù
Consulting has been an effective way for Stephanie to make a significant leadership contribution. She says, ÄúNot that many of us have visible positional roles for most of our lives. We are, instead, working deep within systemsÄîconsulting, teaching, mentoring, contributing to social change, but usually not leading the charge. I have done both in my life. But mostly, I have accomplished good things by being behind the scenes.Äù
She points out, ÄúI think the Fellowship took me off the path of positional leadership. I find that rather paradoxical.Äù
Her Kellogg Fellowship also gave her a new approach to problem-solving. ÄúThrough the opportunities of the Fellowship I discovered how the interdisciplinary nature of problems has to change every solution we construct.Äù
Recently, Stephanie has begun to look for new ways to approach her work. She explains, ÄúIÄôm at a crossroads. IÄôm thinking about how to scale-up the impact of my knowledge and skills from client-by-client success to broader impact.Äù
Stephanie is also redefining how she practices self-care. ÄúMy mother claims that my first sentence was, ÄòIÄôll help Mommy!Äô and I have been defined by wanting to help ever since. Like most women, IÄôll put othersÄô needs before my own. However,Äù she says, ÄúI think aging may be the one experience that shifts my thinking and priorities. I find myself seeking more time every day to take care of mind-body-spirit.Äù