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O2 Initiatives Announces Their 2018 Sabbatical Award Recipients

Monday, March 5, 2018

NCG Member O2 Initiatives has announced the recipients of their annual O2 Sabbatical Award. The O2 Sabbatical Award honors the commitment and accomplishments of exceptional San Francisco Bay Area leaders by providing them with a much-needed break for personal and professional reinvigoration. 

Please join us in congratulating this year’s awardees from San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties: 

  • Kimberly Aceves-Iñiguez, Co-Founder and Executive Director, RYSE Center
  • Gail Gilman, Chief Executive Officer, Community Housing Partnership
  • Christie Keith, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
  • Margaret Libby, Founding Executive Director, MyPath
  • Jordan Simmons, Executive and Artistic Director, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
  • Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Diane Wong, Executive Director, J-Sei, Inc.

O2 Initiatives is committed to supporting those who have tirelessly dedicated their lives to igniting positive change. This year’s visionary awardees are strengthening our communities by healing trauma and empowering youth; supporting homeless families to become self-sufficient; improving financial confidence and economic mobility for low-income youth; connecting older adults with compassionate multi-cultural support; bringing the uplifting power of the arts to youth who need it most; fighting to stop the epidemic of gun violence in the U.S.; and creating a toxic-free world by reducing global pollution and waste.

Sabbaticals not only recharge high-performing executive directors, but also advance leadership capacity throughout their organizations. The result is stronger leaders, smarter teams, and more resilient nonprofits.  The power of sabbaticals was the subject of a recent New York Times article, When Being Unproductive Saves a Career, highlighting the pioneering work of the  Durfee Foundation and featuring O2 Initiatives.

If you know a non-profit executive director who would benefit from a sabbatical, please share this announcement with them.  O2 Initiatives will begin accepting applications for their next round of awards this summer.

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