Learning Logs: Fellows

Updates and Insights from Bush Fellows During Their Leadership Journey

Amelia Franck Meyer
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There are many changes to my leadership that have stood out to me.  The past year has created a real change in my thoughts and approach to the problem of child welfare that I am trying to solve.  I wanted to use the fellowship to advance my ability to create systemic change; to take the change I was creating from the person level to the population level.  This required that I seek new knowledge in the area of organizational change and development.  I’ve spent my first year of the fellowship enrolled in a doctorate program in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern

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What stands out to you/has surprised you about your leadership development through the Fellowship to date?

In a recent interview, I gave the following quote: “The change that you want to see and the things you want to make a difference in don’t come for free; it doesn’t come easy.”

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So, I have had a few cups of coffee and even more conversations these past few months, and over the past year as a fellow I've traveled from Boston to Miami, New York to Chicago, and now I'm looking forward to Aspen and Sundance. Not too shabby, eh? As I've mentioned before, this all seems incredibly surreal, if not a bit obnoxious at the moment, but bear with me, I promise to provide something reasonably humble and perhaps even life changing, well, let's go with reasonable and maybe slightly helpful. 

Adam Perry
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In the 12 months since beginning my Bush Fellowship journey, I have traveled 33,576 miles and spent 76 hours in the air for fellowship experiences. That equates to roughly 1.4 laps around the planet and 3.2 full revolutions of it spent hurtling over 500 miles per hour above the clouds consuming a potentially toxic amount of peanuts and ginger ale. You’re welcome, Delta. 

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What have you learned about networking in the second year of your Fellowship? How has your understanding of your leadership capacity or potential changed? What are your major learnings as a result of the Fellowship? 

Matt Ehlman
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What stands out to you/has surprised you about your leadership development through the Fellowship to date? 

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Anpetu wastè, Cante wastè nape ciyuzapelo. I shake your hands with a warm handshake and open heart. It will almost be an entire year since I begun my journey as a Bush Fellow. The question that was proposed to us is what has surprised us about leadership development through our fellowship? 

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I continue to be humbled and very grateful to have had this tremendous opportunity, now at its half way mark. It has been an extremely eventful year and last six months in particular. In the following, I will reflect on the activities and impacts since my last six month log in January: 

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What stands out to you/has surprised you about your leadership development through the Fellowship to date? 

Ernesto Velez Bustos

What stands out to you/has surprised you about your leadership development through the Fellowship to date?

Spirituality. 

What has stood up to me and has surprised me about my leadership development through the Fellowship to date is a new or renewed understanding of the importance of being a spiritually grounded leader. 

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