The November webinar with Rita Wuebbler presenting on Personal Leadership offered a way of thinking about leadership that starts with the self. Rita started the webinar in a somewhat unusual way. She started with silence. In Personal Leadership, silence is valued for the time it gives us to collect ourselves in a stressful situation, to listen carefully, and to remain centered within the principles and practices of Personal Leadership. The webinar recording is available on the website, free for members and at a reasonable cost ($25) for non-members.
The December webinar promises to be special with Miguel Gandert’s amazing photographs of the holiday celebrations in the U.S. Southwest where several cultures have come together to create special ways of celebrating the holidays. He will describe for us the complex narrative and symbols of Hispano and Native-American communities in the Rio Grande valley in New Mexico. Using photography he will show the performance and symbols in each community as they use the rituals to create a fidelity to culture and community. In addition he will examine New Mexico’s tri-cultural myth (Anglo, Hispano, and Native-American), which is currently under reexamination since the New Mexico House and Senate passed a memorial bill in 2010 recognizing Genizarios as an historical cultural classification. Miguel is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Journalism from the University of New Mexico.