Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego provides transformative experiences facilitated by skilled, thoughtful staff and a supported by a robust community of cross-sector non-profit leaders. A values-driven organization, Fieldstone helped guide me and my colleagues through some of the most challenging times the non-profit community has faced in recent history. Through providing a safe, encouraging space to talk candidly about the issues our organization and society at-large are facing, Fieldstone not only served as a life raft through a immensely uncertain time, it also enabled the formation of truly authentic, lasting relationships. The lessons learned, skills gained, and friendships made through Fieldstone's leadership programs will stick with me for a lifetime.
Really quality and thoughtful people running this organization. They strive to meet you or your teams needs and don't work from a cookie cutter format. They really have a passion for developing strong community leaders. Proud to be a graduate from Fieldstone - now time to choose my next course.
This was the best leadership group I have ever attended. The topics were relevant and the steps were super helpful.
I have been an active participant in the Fieldstone Leadership Network for the past seven years or so. Every experience has been extraordinary. When I first became a nonprofit CEO, Fieldstone was valuable in helping me establish a local network of colleagues (my organization's focus is more national) through the Executive Learning Group. During a pivot in my organization's business model, I was selected for a special program for social entrepreneurs and received a year of coaching and attended the Harvard Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. Currently, I am serving as a leadership coach and finally fully understanding the Network's value of reciprocity. Of all of the outstanding experiences I have gained through Fieldstone, the opportunities it affords me to give back to other leaders may be the most enriching of all. The people of Fieldstone are warm, generous, and committed to ongoing learning and development. This tone is set and nurtured by the Founder/Executive Director, Janine Mason, who makes it her business to get to know everyone in the Network well so she can customize the experience. I am so grateful for Fieldstone and for Janine.
I grew up as a nonprofit leader with The Fieldstone Leadership Network. At various times during my career, I relied heavily on different state and national executive trade associations for specific knowledge and advocacy related to mental health, child welfare, nonprofit management services and community organizing. But it was the Network that provided me with the local peer learning with my fellow nonprofit leaders in an environment of mutual trust, openness, and sharing that fostered both personal and professional development. I especially appreciated the unique opportunity to engage and learn from exceptional leaders from arts, environmental, human service and other nonprofit organizations, both large and small. The Network’s diversity of organizational leaders often made it easier to identify and focus on personal leadership issues, obtain different perspectives and advice of others, and own a sense of accountability to peers for talking need action and personal growth. For over thirty years, I have taken advantage of all the Fieldstone programs from one of the first Executive Learning Groups to a Clare Rose Sabbatical. The Network is aptly named. It is not just a cluster high impact programs. I found it to be an on-going relationship with the Fieldstone staff and an expanding peer group that supported me each step along my leadership journey.
I first learned about Fieldstone Leadership Network through my nonprofit CEO when I was a program director. That was 20 years ago. I participated then in what was their emerging leaders program, and have now participated in almost every single support and service. I can honestly say that the Fieldstone Leadership Network has been with me every step of the way in my development to a nonprofit executive director and beyond. I have developed partnerships for our organization, great friends, and my most trusted network of advisors. I will always be grateful to Fieldstone, and to the Clare Rose Foundation for making me a better leader!
Don Stump, Executive Director
North County Lifeline
stepped into the role of Executive Director with no nonprofit experience other than as a Board member and as a Volunteer. 3 years into my tenure the Fieldstone CEO Learning Group was recommended to me. It was the best coaching, networking and professional development I experienced in nearly 30 years. The model is so sound and the leadership is informed and supportive. Taking a sabbatical was a highlight! Having the experience of 3 months without a thought was terrific…for me it was absolutely but for the organization including the Board it was a turning point. I give all the aspects of the Fieldstone network credit for my success at Families Forward.
I have been deeply impacted by the work Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego does. I started my involvement with FLN with the Executive Learning Group, and since then have participated in many other programs (Coaching Program, Creative Encounters, Reading Groups, Leadership Retreats, and Sabbatical).
During all these years participating in several programs, I learned the importance of a safe space and the value of a network of special individuals that work daily to improve the lives of others. I can say that FLN has changed me for the better personally and professionally.
I strongly recommend all non-profit professional in San Diego to get involved with FLN.
I have been associated with the Fieldstone Leadership Network for nearly 25 years. I first participated in the CEO Learning Group. I gained valuable insight into leadership skills and developed a network of amazing CEOs from whom I continued to learn during my sojourn as a CEO. A year afterward my learning group, I received additional training and became a Coach for other nonprofit leaders. Not only has this provided an opportunity for me to contribute to our industry, but it also continued to provide me with valuable learning opportunities through the rest of my own career. Today, as a retired CEO, I continue to coach and thus meet amazing, talented, innovative people within the nonprofit field. This participation allows me to continue to contribute and it allows me to maintain relationships with other CEOs, some retired, some still working, which I might otherwise have lost. The Fieldstone Leadership Network has become an important part of my life as I've moved through my professional years into my retirement years and I am grateful and honored to have been part of it from its beginning.
With over 30 years of experience in the sector, I can confidently say that I am more effective and confident in my role as a nonprofit CEO because of the Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego's programs. The learning groups and the leadership reading group have provided exceptional learning experiences with thought-provoking conversations, shared best practices, and a wonderful support system. Additionally, I benefitted greatly from their peer one-on-one coaching program and the exceptional experience of a reenergizing sabbatical through their Clare Rose Sabbatical Program. These programs have made me a better leader. And, in turn, my organization is a better organization. The Fieldstone Learning Network provides a safe and supportive environment for leadership growth and evolution. San Diego has a truly exceptional resource in this organization. Thank you Fieldstone!
I was extremely fortunate to be chosen to participate in one of the first learning groups through Fieldstone. Thirty years ago there was a gap for leadership development in the non-profit field and Fieldstone was there when I needed it most. With the day to day job requirements of running an agency, CEOs are not often exposed to alternatives and new ideas of conducting business. Having a safe environment and the time to research and experiment with best practices was offered through Fieldstone. I knew I was a good manager, but as a CEO, I lacked leadership skills. Fieldstone helped me to learn the difference through their small group trainings with similar CEO's. Developing the skills and the confidence to take risks and act out of my comfort zone made me a better leader and renewed my passion for the work I was doing.
When I started an arts education nonprofit, I was well-versed in arts and education, but ignorant of business practices. The FLN gave me the training necessary to build a vibrant organization - now in its 35th year. In groups and through one-on-one coaching, I grew into a leader who now
coaches for the Network. The Network has enriched my professional life by welcoming me into a community of learners. We help one another confront daily challenges while making space to envision a positive future for the nonprofit sector.
As a life-long non-profit professional, I have found very few ongoing structural supports for non-profit leaders. And certainly none that go as deep and broad as the Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego.
From full-day/six-month cohort trainings to year-round coaching, from a book club to quarterly mixers around key topics, and from multi-day retreats to the simple and ongoing networking opportunities for hundreds of non-profit professionals in the sector, Fieldstone is the best capacity-building organization I've ever worked with.
I have benefited from nearly all of their programs over the past 8 years and am proud to serve as a volunteer coach for emerging and established non-profit professionals in the program for the past 3 years. I wholeheartedly recommend the program for current and future leaders in our sector and am delighted this organization exists to support them.
The Fieldstone Leadership Network, San Diego provides non-profit leaders with a safe space to learn and grow while inspiring collaboration and the exchange of ideas. I first "dipped my toe" into their programming during the 2018/19 fiscal year by joining the Executive Book Club. Monthly reading assignments provided an excellent springboard for analysis of content/ character and group reactions were always enlightening and frank. Loved this program so much we decided to continue beyond the purview of the initial coordination through Fieldstone!
This year I was thrilled to be accepted to the Executive Learning Group. Since day one this group has been diverse and intelligent, representing a broad segment of the sector. In person meetings ground to a halt when the COVID lockdown prevailed, but the group's integrity remained in tact with a swift move to Zoom. I don't think I would be as sane as I am today without the support of the ELG participants who have continued to meet monthly to discuss difficult issues we, as non-profit ED's, are dealing with as we all navigate the pandemic. Fieldstone staff and the mentors they provide have proven to go above and beyond as they continue to nurture their fold.
I'm looking forward to continuing my journey with Fieldstone.
Fieldstone is an exceptional organization both for its leadership and services. Its unique role to identify and support emerging and seasoned leaders grow and develop is critical to the nonprofit and leadership development eco-system. There are more and better leaders because of Fieldstone. That is certainly true for me. As a new executive, I have been participating in the coaching program and have grown, learned, developed new skills that make me a better leader and therefore, better able to lead an organization. Given the current crisis, every support matter, but supporting Fieldstone's mission and work ensure the impact continues well beyond the crisis to systematically enhance nonprofit leaders' skills and abilities to lead with vision and courage in the face of uncertaintly.
Fieldstone is an incredible organization that does so much to support nonprofit leaders in San Diego. I am a part of the 2020 Nonprofit Executive Learning Group, which started at the beginning of 2020 right before the COVID-19 outbreak. Fieldstone did an incredible job of creating online meetings for our group and developing online learning opportunities for all nonprofit leaders. As hard as this time is for everyone, including nonprofit leaders, Fieldstone was there to support us. It made a huge difference for me personally. I am so pleased to be a part of this network and to benefit from the work of this organization, particularly during these challenging times.
I first encountered Fieldstone in the 90's. At that point I was already a seasoned CEO. I accepted the invitation to join a learning group ( the first Fieldstone learning group in San Diego) with some quilt. I felt that all of my efforts needed to be directed towards growing an agency and maximizing positive client impact. Taking time away from that for "personal growth" seemed a little self indulgent. Nonetheless I accepted the invitation and that began what has been a 25+ year journey with the Fieldstone Network.
I joined the group thinking I might "learn a thing or two". I did, but that was not the most important thing that happened. What happened was that I learned the value of being involved with a network of peers that was willing to share challenges, struggles, triumphs, and expertise. Fieldstone has been centerpiece of my capacity to maintain that important nework of peers. That network greatly extended my longevity in the job. It helped me grow relationship that were not only rewarding but useful. That network nurtured and rewarded my capacity to work collabortively. It helped kept me creative, energetic, and actively learning.
So thanks to the Fieldstone Network. It has been a special and important community and a great ride.
"Thank you for your interest in our Leadership Programs. We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected to be a participant in the Executive Learning Group beginning in January 2012."
This email message was my introduction to Fieldstone as a novice Executive Director of Just in Time for Foster Youth and I've been associated with this transformational organization ever since. Not only did I gain valuable insight from engaging in honest discussions on topics ranging from organizational culture, sustainability, effective Board partnerships and work-life integration, I also experienced the power of connecting to other nonprofit leaders as a network of support for effective problem-solving and positive fellowship.
In the years since, I've connected most of my leadership team to the Fieldstone Leadership Network with consistently positive results. Their involvement has strengthened Just in Time in measurable ways and I plan to continue to take advantage of this empowering resource in the future. And recently, I've become a Fieldstone Coach to provide the kind of continuing supportive discussions that can elevate our collective work.
Just in Time has benefited greatly from my association with Fieldstone. I highly recommend Fieldstone Leadership Network for any nonprofit leader looking to maximize their efforts.