Life at WE – the 9 month mark

We were having a small get-together in our neighbourhood when the conversation turned to talking about our kids and how we want to raise them. Like most parents, we all have the desire to want to raise children that will empathise with others and how as parents we need to be the ones that guide our children. I was glad I was able to share some small part of the work that I was doing professionally.

The conversation made me reflect a bit on my current journey here at WE. I remember the day when I was first approached to talk to WE. My initial instinct was to say no. After all, not-for-profits have always had the reputation for being behind when it comes to technology and there was certainly the fear of doing more of the same year on year. The recruiter encouraged me to check out their site more. After reading more about the organisation, I was particularly intrigued by their schools’ program for two reasons even though they’re linked. Mentoring has always been a large part of my life. I’ve always strongly believed that leadership is a trait that you can groom. I’ve had the privilege of being to look up to 3 people and how they’ve influenced my personal value over the years. I felt the responsibility to do the same for the next generation. The second is that I have a young child and I feel a responsibility of leaving him a world that he can be safe and thrive in. The global work that WE does is best-in-class. I love that our entire organisational model is structured around creating a sustainable model for all of the work that we do.

The last 9 months have been a bit of a whirlwind. The core value that jumps out at me the most is that we are social entrepreneurs. At it’s heart, WE moves and acts like a start up. It is ambitious; WE is putting plans that will see us double the size in a quarter the time but we are also looking to do it in a more effective manner. I love that at it’s heart, the organization is kind and grateful. I love that we have the support of so many organizations that believe in what we do. This allows us to do things that we would not otherwise be able to do.

The thing that excites me most is the journey that lies ahead. In order to grow at our projected rate, there is recognition that we have to transform ourselves as an organization. Technology will be a catalyst for a lot of those changes. I can’t wait to share my journey along the way.