New Conversations to Co-create the Future of Leadership
Special Engagement with Rachelle Chase
As we literally begin to re-enter the workplace, or simply begin to imagine what re-entry might look like, leaders must acknowledge what has changed and what was learned. We are ready to turn our musings into new commitments.
During March, we’re looking forward to what we can consciously create in our workplaces of the future, and backward to a time in American history where a conscious leader created a unique utopian experience in the small town of Buxton, Iowa at the turn of the century.
Special guest Rachelle Chase, author of "Lost Buxton" and "Creating the Black Utopia," will join us March 23 to share a powerful leadership story of diversity, equity and inclusion, and help us imagine a way forward at this time in our history.
In excerpts from Rachelle's books, we learn that in Buxton, Iowa—a town of five thousand residents established in 1900—African Americans and Caucasians lived, worked and attended school together. In this thriving, one-of-a-kind coal mining town, created by the Consolidation Coal Company, Buxton's inclusive approach provided opportunity for its residents:
• Dr. E.A. Carter was the first African American to get a medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1907. He returned to Buxton and was hired by the coal company, where he treated both black and white patients.
• Attorney George Woodson ran for file clerk in the Iowa Senate for the Republican Party in 1898, losing to a white man by one vote.
Join the ongoing conversation in which we dialogue about emergent ways of being as leaders and team members.
conversation (n.) con·ver·sa·tion \ kän-vər-ˈsā-shən
mid-14c., "place where one lives or dwells
What if, together, we could co-create the future of organizational leadership? What if we could sustain the practices that allowed us to survive—and we dare say thrive—in this most difficult time?