October 20, 2022
Over the past two years, we have experienced historical events that have given us opportunities to reflect on our humanity and who we are in this greater world. This has been a vital time for us as a field to really dissect our impact and how we approach our work. In May we announced that the Guild would be going into a Portal—the goals of which are to refine the internal and external structures of the Guild and to become more intentional about the work we are doing.
We’ve accomplished a number of things already, including: retreats for board and staff; reviewing and revising internal policies and procedures, financial systems, and program evaluation; breaking down hierarchies of staffing; revising our hiring process; hiring a strategic planning consultant and an amazing new development strategist; building relationships with people in the field; learning and engaging in professional development; and planning engagement opportunities for the field in our upcoming fiscal year. Inevitably, the Guild will look different as we go through this process of transformation—and you will be our collaborators and partners in creating what that looks like.
Over the next few months, we will be sharing the things we have been working on through these Transmissions from the Portal and our virtual Portal Cafes. Our new Community Space program will allow us to see the amazing work you all do on the ground, and help the Guild identify what resources, and programs we can adapt and/or create to support your work and have more of an impact across the field. We expect our new strategic plan to be completed in summer 2023. Keep an eye out for information about our 2023 programs as we approach the new year.
We are so excited and grateful to be on this journey with you! Looking forward to sharing and discussing more.
Quanice G. Floyd
Published: October 20, 2022