My work in the world is to build the technical tools needed by all moving towards more just and regenerative ways of life.
At times, this role has called me to dive deep into the details of web languages. Other times, it has called on my capacity to hold disagreement and diversity of thought within a container of compassionate communication—to move a team towards their desired outcome. It has afforded me the great privilege of seeing first hand the creative visions and mundane logistics of transformative change, across so many different fields.
Heart work is also much larger for me than a day job. It encompasses my career, yes, along with: how I show up for my friends and family, my neighborhood, and non-work-related communities of learning and support. Increasingly, these areas of my life are inspiring and driving my professional choices. Earlier in life, I lived the other way around.
I have more freedom in this expanded space of heart work to explore and change course. The two areas of exploration I am most passionate about are: nature connection and nonviolence. Nature connection grounds my desire for more regenerative ways of life, and nonviolence, my desire for justice.
To clarify my commitments and support the explorations of others, I’m gathering here resources and wisdom I’ve found useful. We’re all figuring this out and everyone has a piece of the puzzle.
From Valerie Aurora,
formerly, Executive Director of The Ada Initiative
Kellie revolutionized our fundraising strategy and implementation. Previously, our yearly fundraisers were stressful, demoralizing, and did not serve our donors well. After Kellie's work with us, our yearly fundraiser was still a lot of work, but was also a positive, uplifting experience for our employees and built up our relationships with our donors. We not only reached our goal but did it without burning out our fundraisers.
Kellie's suggested fundraising techniques reaped major benefits for our volunteer fundraisers as well: recognition from their community, new career opportunities, connections with senior management, and positive feedback from their friends and families. With this level of community goodwill and increased social capital for our supporters, we are in an excellent position for our next fundraiser.
Kellie is a self-starter and taught herself new skills astonishingly quickly, particularly in evaluating and learning to use complex new software platforms. She answered time-critical questions quickly throughout the campaign. She has excellent knowledge of the up-and-coming new tech-savvy donor for whom paper mail and buying email lists no longer work. Most importantly, she was able to diplomatically and calmly handle the fears and worries that come along with fundraising for so many people, myself included. I was surprised by how much emotional work came along with fundraising well and how critical it was to creating messages that worked.