S: 2009 Global Resident Fellowship
FC: 2009 Global Resident Fellowship United WayWorld Wide
1: Biography Nicole Dupuis is currently the Volunteer and Youth Engagement Associate at United Way of Peel Region. Since March 2006, as Community Investment Associate, she has been involved with the Allocations Funding Process, Speakers Bureau, The Volunteer Development Program and most recently the development of the Young Leaders Council. Nicole's previous positions include Volunteer Visiting Coordinator at VON Peel, and Intern at the Ontario Retirement Communities Association. Nicole graduated from McMaster University in 2004 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Gerontology and Health Studies; she is also a graduate of the Volunteer Management Certificate Program at Humber College. | MAY 2009
2: Final Dinner in Indianapolis | Cheryl, Irena & Bill in Mexico City
3: 2009 Global Resident Fellows Amber Ewing, United Way of Central Indiana, USA Amy Maheswaran Lopez, Greater Twin Cities United Way, USA Brian LeFurgey, United Way of Greater Victoria, Canada Camilo Rodriguez, Fundacion Dividendo por Colombia Chau Ly, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, USA Clare Northcott, United Way of Canada Cobi Gray, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Diana Garcia, Fondo Unido, Mexico Elaine Whelan, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, USA Erin Steele, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, USA John Scott, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, USA Karina Jove, United Way of Puerto Rico, USA Katrina Milaney, United Way of Calgary & Area, Canada Leslie Andrus, United Way of Southeastern Michigan, USA Leslie Herbst, United Way of Greater Houston, USA Mi Hi Kim, Community Chest of Korea Natasha Keys, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA So Young Jung, Community Chest of Seoul, Korea Upendo Shabazz-Phillips, United Way of Palm Beach County, USA Vikas Joseph, United Way Mumbai, India Xi Chen, United Way International, China Division
5: Indianapolis October 2008 The Global Resident Fellows Program began in Indianapolis... This is where we all met for the first time! One week of action learning that introduced us to the program, the Leadership Practices Inventory, The School of Fundraising, and most importantly each other. I remember making friends, learning about myself and how to reflect on my own leadership skills and most importantly how to run down the downtown streets of Indianapolis trying to catch a bus with 10 women! | We spent a lot of time in the classroom that week, but we knew we were about to embark on a very exciting professional development journey! | The Canadians on the Community Bus tour
7: Detroit May 2009 I can't even begin to explain the excitement I felt arriving in Detroit for our second Action Learning session. I couldn't wait to see all of the other fellows again. For the past few months we had spent a lot of time working on our cohort projects and emailing with each other,.. it was like we were a family already. Our time in Detroit began with 2 days in learning sessions, and then we integrated into the United Way of America Staff Learning Conference. There was over 1,500 staff members from United Way's across the USA. I remember feeling so honoured to be part of this group and to have the opportunity to learn in this way. During our Action Learning sessions we continued to learn about the Leadership Practices Inventory as well as Community Impact Transformations. One afternoon, I led a 'Speed Sharing' exercise with the group; we all wanted to learn more from each other because there was so much talent and wisdom within our group. The main thing I learned that week was how to LIVE UNITED!
9: Cohort 4: Community Tours Scan A major component of the program was the Cohort Projects. My Cohort Group included Amber from Indianapolis and So Young from South Korea. Our project focused on the use of Community Tours as a Donor Engagement Strategy. We conducted several key informant interviews and developed several recommendations for United Way's to use when transforming a regular agency tour program into a Community Impact Tours program. We presented our project to the Global Fellows while in Detroit. It was well received and eventually featured in the United Way Online Knowledge Café. The best part of the Cohort Project was my group. It was such a great learning experience working with people from around the world; we learned how to work well together, listen closely, and bring out the best in each other!
10: This is the group in the middle of the Speed Sharing Exercise | One night a group of us heading to Canada... Some of the ladies had never been before. We took the tunnel bus to Windsor, Ontario and had dinner at the Ceaser's Casino in Windsor, ON.
11: On the 4th night of the conference, the International Fellows were invited to a special reception hosted by Brian Gallagher, the CEO of United Way of America. So Young, Diana, Camilo, Karina, Mi Hee, Brian, Clare, Xi and myself all attended... it was a great night and turned into a bit of a photo session!
13: Mexico City, October 2009 Our third Action Learning session was in Mexico City, Mexico. This trip was by far the best of the three... by this time the Global Resident Fellows had become a true family. During this week we spent a lot of time learning about Community Impact. This was my favorite part of the entire program, it really validated for all of us how important the work we were doing in our own United Way's was. It also helped us learn how we can all work together to really create community change. We also had the privilege of visiting the Fondo Unido Office and meeting their Executive Director. She took us on a community tour of Mexico City and we spent some time visiting one of their funded agencies; a nursing home for the seniors in the community. On our spare time we ventured out into the city to sample authentic Mexican Cuisine and also to explore the local shopping. On the 3rd day of the trip, I arranged a tour to the Virgin Guadalupe Basilica.As a group we went to one of the holiest places in Mexico! My trip to Mexico City was something I will never forget; the people, the food, the hospitality and of course my friends!
14: Out and about in Mexico City
15: The trip to the Basilica was such an interesting experience. As a 'vacation do-er' as Leslie would say, I was motivated to get out of the hotel and explore the city. I arranged for a limo company to take our group on a short city tour and to the Basilica. I will never forget the apprehension the American's felt regarding touring Mexico City. I remember feeling lucky to be Canadian and not feel the type of fear people do when they visit other parts of the world. Once we arrived to the Basilica it was worth the trip; it was a beautiful place. Mexicans come there to pray and confess their sins to Virgin Guadalupe. One young man was kneeling on the floor when we arrived, he was crying... I remember feeling terribly sad but also inspired by his faith.
16: Graduation The Global Resident Fellows Program concluded with a Graduation Ceremony. The best Mariachi in Mexico preformed for us that night... and we all received our certificates!
17: Ladies Day Out After the Program ended, a few of us stayed in Mexico City for a couple of days. We toured around parts of the city, did some shopping and continued to enjoy the local cuisine... and ice cream!
19: Teotihuacan On the last day of the trip, a bunch of us headed to the Pyramids.. we took the metro and bus to get there and it took hours! It was the first Pyramid I had ever climbed, it took nearly 45 minutes but once I got to the top it was worth it!
20: Model the Way Leaders must stand for something, believe in something and care about something. They must find their voice by clarifying their personal values and then express those values in their own style. But good leaders don't force their views on others. Instead, they work tirelessly to build consensus on a set of common principles. Then they set the example by aligning their personal actions with shared values. When constituents know that leaders have the courage of their convictions, they become willingly engaged in following that example. | Inspire a Shared Vision Leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference. They envision the future by imagining exciting and ennobling possibilities. But visions seen only by the leader are insufficient to mobilize and energize. Leaders enlist others in their dreams by appealing to shared aspirations. They breathe life into ideal and unique images of the future and get people to see how their own dreams can be realized through a common vision. | Leadership Practices Inventory... defining Leadership
21: Challenge the Process The work of leaders is change. The status quo is unacceptable to them. Leaders search for opportunities by seeking innovative ways to change, grow, innovate, and improve. Leaders also experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from mistakes. Extraordinary things don't get done in huge leaps forward; they get done one step at a time. Leaders demonstrate the courage to continue the quest despite opposition and setbacks. | Enable Others to Act Leaders know they can't do it alone. Leaders foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust. Leaders promote a sense of reciprocity and a feeling of 'we're all in this together.' They understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts. Leaders also strengthen others by sharing power and providing choice, making each person feel competent and confident. | Encourage the Heart The climb to the top is arduous and steep. People become exhausted, frustrated, and disenchanted. They're tempted to give up. Leaders encourage the heart of their constituents to carry on. To keep hope and determination alive, Leaders recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence. Genuine acts of caring uplift spirits and strengthen courage. In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate the values and the victories by creating a spirit of community.