When Kebo started the program, she was quite reluctant to talk about the organization’s successes. It felt too much like bragging. “We were like those people who can’t just say thank you to a compliment. They downplay and negate the praise in a way that makes the other person feel silly,” recalls Kebo. Now, after working through the Mentoring Program, Kebo feel much more comfortable telling the organization’s story and yes, even bragging about their groundbreaking and visionary work.
“I realized that in many ways, we were doubting the brilliance of the people who love us. We want our community to know how brilliant we think they are, and part of that is telling them that they made the right decision to support us. So, yes, we can brag about being the first, the largest, and decades ahead of the mainstream. Loving our community means that we honor their love of us,” says Kebo.
Kebo also used to think she didn’t have enough content. “Now I have so much content and ideas that I’m having to pull back so that we’re not sending emails to all of our lists every single day. It’s abundance that I did not feel like I had before. It’s like when something hurts, and then all of a sudden it stops, which leads to feeling euphoric,” she says.
She also feels much more confident and less overwhelmed because she now realizes that she’s not alone. “I was able to share everything with our team, so they were excited about learning and improving our communications as well. We now have a clear path for where our organization is going, and communications are aligned with our goals for fundraising and programs. We can clearly see how it all fits together and how to get the communications work done together,” says Kebo. “I’m sure that new problems and struggles will pop up. But I feel more capable of dealing with those challenges. It feels like, “What CAN'T we accomplish now?’”