Welcome to Paddling the Rapids!

My devotion to nonprofits springs from my belief in their essential social change work. Skillful, reflective and gutsy leadership is a fundamental component of a nonprofit’s legacy.

My work supports board and staff leaders in developing muscles to lead their organizations, build capacity in others, and collectively create a compelling vision of the future through strategic planning.

Deb Burwell

Quotes that inspire me!

“The only thing is, people have to develop courage. It is most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtues consistently.” – Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

 “Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.” – Margaret Wheatley

 “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter

 “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

Like paddling the rapids,
Maine leaders are faced daily with many issues
and decisions competing for their
finite time, energy, and resources.

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