It’s been an incredible five months since the moment we soared past $7000, the goal for the Climate Leadership Fundraiser. In this season of gratitude and with some big things afoot, I wanted to write to share my thanks for what you’ve made possible and give you a quick update.
Days after the end of the fundraiser on July 1st, I officially enrolled in the Coach Training Program at the Academy for Coaching Excellence (where I had been taking courses since Fall 2012). Enrolling in that program gave me a whole new level of support as a coach, with mentor coaching, group coaching, observed coaching and ethics courses starting up right away.
With all of you behind me and all that support around me, I took the exciting leap of leaving my full-time job as an organizer at Clean Water Action on September 30th. It was a sweet and gratitude-filled end to two and a half good years of work — work that had supported me to do contract and volunteer projects with 350.org, 350 Connecticut and lots of other groups on the side.
Then on October 4th, 2013, I officially launched Justin Haaheim Coaching and Facilitation, the project that represents the most powerful movement-building work I can imagine doing. We threw a Launch Party (and bourbon tasting) in New Haven to celebrate, and friends and colleagues came from near and far. Here’s the card they signed (below), and you can read more on the transition and launch in this post.
What followed was one of the most exciting months of training and coaching I’ve had yet. By the time I launched, I already had 7 active coaching clients, and even more signed up throughout October. On October 9th, I left for a 28 day trip to do coaching and training around the country: First to lead 350.org organizer workshop in Montana, then to Powershift, the massive youth climate gathering where my friend and colleague Jeremy Blanchard and I talked to over 150 climate leaders about coaching.
After that, it was on to Sacramento for my final in-person coaching course. (If you remember the chorus of the fundraiser rap that my brother Andrew wrote, this is what he was talking about.) It was sweet, with lots of new and old friends all around and some powerful learning over the four days. And while I was there, I came up with the best description yet of what it is I’m up to: I support leaders in social movements to build teams, win victories and live the life they would love.
Since July, I’ve had 79 coaching sessions and trained nearly 100 people in organizing and movement building. Moments after I send this, I’ll hop on a train to Philly to lead one of my biggest 350.org workshops yet with a group that’s planning a City of Philadelphia fossil fuel divestment campaign — a fitting tribute to the late Nelson Mandela.
The only way I can say it is: I’m doing it, and I wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you for being part of the team that’s supported me all this way. There’s lots more ahead, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
I’d love to hear back from you! Whether it’s a quick “hi” or a life update, feel free to get in touch.
p.s. I’m actively building my coaching practice and would love your help. If you or anyone you know would be interested in a complimentary coaching session, send them my way! Best is to put us in touch by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and if you’re willing to post to social media, use this link (http://justinh.org/coaching/gift/) and add a few sentences of your own about why you think folks should work with me.
p.p.s. It’s not totally related, but still pretty exciting: In August I made my live national TV debut on America’s Got Talent. Check it out. :)