Dear ProInspire Community,
This is my final note to you in my role as co-CEO at ProInspire. I am deeply indebted to each member of the ProInspire community for your unwavering support, and for shaping me into the leader I am today. Leading this organization has been the honor of a lifetime and the highlight of my professional career.
Relationships are at the heart of ProInspire’s success. Core to this success are the connections, respect, and trust with our many stakeholders. Over the past 15 years, I have learned so much alongside 30+ staff who have worked at ProInspire, 40+ board members and alumni leaders, and numerous consultant partners. I am forever grateful for the relationships I have built with individuals who joined our programs, the nonprofits who partnered with us, the funders who supported us, and the colleagues who shared their insights, advice, and expertise.
Transitions are an opportunity for transformation. I am excited to witness the many ways that ProInspire is being and becoming, and will continue to transform into the future. I am confident in the leadership of Bianca Anderson, my co-CEO for almost three years, and Isabelle Moses, our incoming co-CEO and longtime Board member. I know that our co-CEOs, staff, and board are ready to lead ProInspire into the future. I hope you will join me in supporting ProInspire’s next chapter by contributing to the Founder’s Fund.
At our Board retreat in September, we held our first transition ceremony. Flower garlands hold a special place in Indian culture and are often used in rituals for weddings, to show respect, and when people embark on a new undertaking. I was honored to present these garlands to Bianca and Isabelle as a symbol of our transition.
“Bianca and Isabelle, I present you with these garlands as I complete my tenure and support you as the co-CEOs of ProInspire. These garlands symbolize a joining of your partnership: may you experience the strength from partnership with each other, that I have experienced with both of you. These garlands represent the respect I hold for both of you. I know that your brilliance, purpose, and leadership will transform this organization for our next chapter. Finally, these garlands embody the spiritual connection I feel as I step aside, and you lead this organization together. I am honored that you will be at the helm of ProInspire.”
As to what’s next for me, I am ready to explore who I am beyond ProInspire and how I can continue to advance leadership and equity in new ways. I invite you to remain a part of my journey through my personal website: https://www.monishakapila.com/.
To every colleague, friend, and family member, thank you for making my past 15 years exceptionally meaningful. The love I have for ProInspire and each of you will continue to endure. I am thrilled about ProInspire’s bold new chapter, and I hope you will join me in supporting ProInspire for the next 15 years.