Jesus said, “The one who leads should be the one who serves.”
Today, you will meet two Pacific Northwest Leaders – The King County Library System (KCLS), an organization where Diversity Engagement IS a priority and, Jo Anderson Cavinta, KCLS’ dynamic Diversity Coordinator.
Their dedication, commitment and action on behalf of their diverse community will not only impress you, but impress upon you it is best to accomplish your life’s passion by serving your Beloved. Both KCLS and Jo are service-focused.
Each time you come into contact with someone you are changed. For an instant, your life is touched, intimacy results and transformation occurs. You are never the same again. Over time that intimacy could turn into love. That someone could become your Beloved. If you allow it.
For two years, Amin and Jessica Haq have been fighting for a world without slavery. According the International Labor Organization’s Global Estimate of Forced Labor 2012, there are an estimated 5.5 million children in the trafficking industry. The Haqs are determined to change this.
Is there a driving passion in you to do something special? Do you have a Big Dream that hasn’t come true yet? Or are you doing your dream? No matter where you are in your journey, discovering your passion and following your dream may not be easy, but it is the only way to truly live.
Sharonne Navas knows this. She has experienced profound personal transformation from the inside out as a result of following and living her dream.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
36 years ago, Captain Kathryn Hobbs, USN, (RET) could have prayed this prayer when she enlisted in the United States Navy. But somehow, I doubt she did. Because she had something more than serenity or courage or wisdom. This Kansas native also had dedication and determination to be the best of the best!
Have you ever learned something new that effected you so deeply that you couldn’t forget it? In fact, the more you tried, the deeper it imbedded itself into your psyche until it became the basis of a major change in you? The Seattle Kiwanis Club recently inspired this type of disruption in me.
In his book Put Your Dream to the Test, John C. Maxwell says,
A dream is an aspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it.”
Diverse Community Connectors (DCC) exists to inspire you to keep pursuing your dreams by introducing you to passionate leaders in Washington State who work hard to harness the power of diversity and change the world!
As DCC has chronicled the journeys of these world changers, we’ve noticed some common principles that are present in each of their motivating stories. Based on our observations, we have created a process that we hope resonates with you, and helps you in your mission to change the world.
Camron Parker and Kevin Henry, members of Bellevue’s Cross-Departmental Diversity Team
Today’s cities are faced with a landscape never seen before.
- A new, post-Great Recession economic reality
- Technology that is changing at a furious pace
- The most diverse population in our history
- A major generational power shift
- A political climate that is polarized and gridlocked
It’s a time of opportunity for municipal leaders who can act strategically, with vision and boldness. – National League of Cities
Bellevue City Government is comprised of sage leaders. The City Council’s 2014 vision statement says it all.
“Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”
“Love is friendship caught fire,” according to Laura Hendricks.
Ay Saechao agrees. He is a leader in the Southeast Asian Community whose personal philosophy, background, and leadership style reflect his feelings toward the community he serves – FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE! This is why he is so successful at Diverse-Community Engagement.
Love is the secret of Ay’s success. His story is a powerful reminder of how successful we all can be when we allow our passion for those we serve to fuel the way we serve.