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Ground Rules Deep Dive #1: Turn Opposition Into Proposition

By Milenko Matanovic

Together we are capable of extraordinary achievements. Over the years, Pomegranate Center has proven this by encouraging people to uphold a code of conduct that leads to creativity and collaboration. This code of conduct, what we call “ground rules,” is essential to creating a positive atmosphere that focuses on how things can be improved, free from complaints. In this series of short essays, I will look at different ground rules, evaluate why they are important, and share stories from the field.

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Murdock Trust Awards Funding to Grow Our Training Program

 Pomegranate Center is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $160,000 over three years from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. These funds will support the development of our training and mentorship programs, which will expand our impact by increasing training offerings in both size and scope.

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Conveners, Not Leaders: A Note From Our Executive Director

Here at Pomegranate Center we are careful to distinguish between conveners and leaders. What’s the difference?

A leader is someone in charge, who has the authority to make decisions. Our current president, for example, is a leader.

A convener, on the other hand, is someone who has the ability to bring people together, capitalize on their diverse strengths, and move an issue toward collective action. Our current president, I would argue, is not a convener.

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Meet a New Board Member: Kim Beach

Our newest Board Member and Treasurer, Kim Beach, brings decades of financial and operations management experience to the Board, along with an energetic and pragmatic leadership style.

Prior to an active and happy retirement, Kim spent over 30 years as an executive and professional managing and overseeing finance, accounting, and operations for a wide range of companies including: All Star Directories, Seattle Coffee Company, Todo, Capital Realty Corp, Nerco, and Ernst & Young. Kim has spent the past six years enjoying a lovely retirement: living in London, traveling extensively, and pursuing her passions for yoga, walking/hiking, beautiful places, gardens, and food. Presently, she lives with her husband of nearly 37 years in Bellevue where they raised our son and daughter.

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Meet a New Board Member: Jenny Calhoun

Jenny Calhoun is committed to improving organizations and society by facilitating authentic human connection. In her current position as Manager of Learning and Organizational Development at the Seattle Colleges, she brings that commitment into how she designs and delivers professional development workshops for staff, faculty and administrators. During her 12 years of training and development experience in nonprofit, healthcare, and higher education, she has seen the positive effects of learning environments that honor all voices, invite people to be vulnerable, and encourage collaborative learning.


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