Sparked by a conversation between two former fellows, Tarn Udall and Amy Humble, the Fellowship Dialogues was created to inspire, encourage, and inform the El Pomar Fellowship network. Focused on exploring new ideas, the series illuminates the good, the bad, and the challenging aspects of making big career steps and pursuing lifelong passions.
The first session of the series took place recently in Denver and centered on the theme of “Redefining the Race.” It featured three Coloradans who took a leap of faith to follow a dream or passion:
• Alec Garnett, Candidate for Colorado House District 2 Seat
• Matt Reisman, Co-Founder at H2Lo
• Tangia Al-awaji Estrada, Co- Founder of RISE, a new organization aiming to eliminate educational inequity
Representing all three sectors, the panelists spoke candidly about the unforeseen struggles they faced when they gave up everything they knew to pursue something that could end in great success or great failure.
The room was filled with current and former Fellows and friends, all at different stages of their careers. As a current Fellow, I was struck by several things. First, the Fellowship is a community unlike any other. A program such as this draws a unique individual, and it is a pretty remarkable group to be a part of. Dedication, creativity, and determination define the Fellowship, and the commitment to one another makes it a truly unique and impactful group. I felt as though I was surrounded by a group of mentors, any of which would be happy to listen, encourage, and provide a unique perspective if asked. I was also amazed by the courage, diversity, and uniqueness of every person’s journey through life. Regardless of your age or the sector you work in, it is never too late to take a risk and follow your inner voice; opportunities never stop presenting themselves.
The next dialogue is slated to take place in early July and will focus on the issues that face individuals at the midway point of their career. Stay tuned to keep up with the Fellowship Dialogues!