When Growth Means (Radical) Change
Our comfort zones define us. Working on sustainability related projects have stretched me. It’s one of the reasons I’m drawn to them. For more than five years, Foresight’s Bobbie Seltzer has been immersed in them as well. Initially hired to oversee the organization’s administrative duties, she’s done a lot more. Through organizing Green Drinks, producing this newsletter, fielding your questions over the phone and email, coordinating our education programs and consulting undertakings, and managing our books, board and interns, she’s accumulated a trove of unique knowledge. I don’t underestimate the contribution she’s made to Foresight and the thousands of people her efforts have touched.
One of the aspects of a good job is that it challenges us to grow, explore, and make leaps we might not have otherwise (hopefully for positive reasons!). When Bobbie returns from her Peace Corps stint in Armenia in two years, I expect her horizons to have significantly expanded. More than anything, though, I respect the courage involved in making such a significant change. She much more easily could have just stayed put. Foresight is losing a valuable asset next week. Chicago’s sustainability sector will be diminished because of it. But Bobbie’s life, and those with whom she’ll work overseas, will be edified, which is what this is all about anyway.
P.S. While Bobbie’s last day at Foresight is coming soon, she doesn’t ship out for another month or two. A suitable going away event will be planned and announced here. You can wish her well via email, through Linkedin or by leaving a comment on our blog.