Unconventional Campaign

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Jenny, Lee and Lara, part of the incredible Steering Committee

I’ve co-chaired a capital campaign before, as a volunteer. This is my first position as a campaign director, and, as Jim says, since I’m alive, I’m learning. And learning I am. Week one on the job included my initial meeting with the campaign Steering Committee. This is a group that had coalesced under Skye’s leadership, and most of the 15 members were new to me. I was a little nervous. I felt like I was just landing from outerspace, for all they knew about me, and was now sitting at the head of the table with an agenda and a big easel pad and stand. The meeting room was familiar, having spent many a Compass board meeting at that table in the early 1990s. Now it’s 2012 and I am in front of a new group of people who are all very involved with the school.

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The spread for the Founders Tea, hand crafted by the Steering Committee

Well, how lucky am I to have such a large and talented group to help chair this ambitious project? Most campaigns have a single campaign chair, or at the most, two co-chairs. I have 15 whip-smart, hardworking and talented volunteers who, with Skye and Lara, are the backbone of this campaign. I have the pleasure of keeping track of all the good ideas and follow-up that the steering committee produces. $11.6 million is a lot, and with $4.9 million of it due by May 1, 2013 in order to receive the $4.2 million from the BEST grant, the pressure to perform is certainly with us. But never have I worked with such a positive and organized group of volunteers. I’ve no doubt we’ve got the best team possible to succeed. When people ask who our Campaign Chair is, I have the pleasure of saying I have 15 co-chairs all working seamlessly together to bring our BEST grant home!

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