Giving Compass' Take:
- Christine Essel interviews Judy Belk, who leads the California Wellness Foundation, about what authentic leadership in philanthropy looks like and the skills necessary to be an effective leader.
- How do you define authentic leadership? How will productive donor leadership help advance the charitable giving sector?
- Read more about the characteristics of effective leaders.
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Judy Belk leads The California Wellness Foundation in pursuing its mission to improve the health of the people of California. In her role, she uses her vision and her voice to help Cal Wellness “level the playing field” so that everyone has access to good-paying jobs, safe neighborhoods, and quality health care services.
Christine Essel: The world is coming at us much faster than it has in the past. Things are changing through technology, through global communications, through the political landscape alongside all the divisions and views on how the world should work. So given all that, what do you see as the most significant challenges philanthropy leaders are facing today?
Judy Belk: The challenges we are facing today are very different than those we might have encountered 20 years ago. Our workforce is changing drastically in terms of diversity, skill sets, and career aspirations. Workers, especially millennials, increasingly want to be part of organizations that reflect their values. In philanthropy, we’re fortunate to come to work every day equipped with our mission of serving the broad community. But regardless of whether it’s the nonprofit or private sectors, our working population doesn’t want to make the decision of putting aside their views about service when choosing a career path.
Read the full interview with Judy Belk about authentic leadership in philanthropy by Christine Essel at PEAK Grantmaking.