As we lead up to our Gratitude Gala 2016 , we are excited to highlight the 2016 Life Award Recipients; Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Dorian Baroni, and Alexandra Bell.
In Summer 2014, Dorian Baroni created and facilitated powerful programming for EFLI participants based on her experience as an Executive Coach and Coming Into Your Own faculty member. Join us in celebrating Dorian on December 9 at the Gratitude Gala 2016, where we will honor her commitment to feminine leadership practices and dedication to transformative facilitation.
This week, Dorian took some time to answer EFLI’s questions about life, leadership, and inspiration. Please read on for her insightful answers.
What does being a member of the EFLI community mean to you?
DB: At my current stage of work and life, being a part of the EFLI community is about being connected to the future of women's leadership contributions. I have been emboldened, inspired and encouraged by the power of witnessing EFLI participants' changing capacity to see themselves, supporting each other while growing into their own, and asking difficult questions about assumptions, mindsets and societal inequities before finding a way to take action. It is a true joy to be involved in a community that encourages participants to walk the path of their individual and collective leadership.
How would you describe your leadership style?
DB: My leadership style is informed by a set of unshakable beliefs that shape me and my connection to others: that we are all here to fulfill a calling that is uniquely ours to live out. That we are all inherently connected and interdependent. And that we each carry within us the capacity to choose how we might nurture our light and integrate our shadows.
What is the biggest challenge you see facing young people today?
DB: The biggest challenge, in my view, is how to not let oneself be taken over completely by the narrative that our world is falling apart, and instead stay inspired, centered and emboldened by a broader perspective that acknowledges the powerful momentum of the positive, all the while taking action to improve what is not acceptable. A singular overfocus on what is not working puts us at risk of missing the fuller picture and the potential in any situation.
These are undoubtedly challenging times, but all times have harbored their particular set of challenges. I don't believe the ones we face now are any larger or smaller than those of previous generations. They are simply the ones that are ours to overcome.
Who inspires you, and why?
DB: Those who truly inspire me are the people who live their lives in service to others: artists who open portals for beauty to shine forth for us; humanitarian relief workers who put themselves on the line every day to bring essentials to people in need; healers who bring their gifts to bear for those who are physically or emotionally impacted; everyday people who approach their work with a spirit of collaboration, compassion and vocation; family members who attend to the small rituals of life to uplift and celebrate with those they love; activists who choose to leave the comfort of the status quo to stand for ideals that need upholding, regardless of the cost; educators who truly care about nurturing the gifts and talents of their students.
When I pay attention to these everyday heroes whose paths I cross in my work and my life, it reminds me to notice the spark of life that shines in each of us, and it makes me feel the inherent connection we have to each other and the world around us.
If you had 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?
DB: Edgewalker. Dreamer. Passionate.