Becoming a social innovator
My journey as a social innovator began in 2012. I vividly remember our “final interviews" which I compare to “speed dating." I bounced from room to room discussing our proposal with interviewers. I remember being amazed by how well everyone knew Tempo, and some of the questions were really tough!
When we found out we were selected as Social Innovators, I was so excited and nervous; I understood that we were now a part of a really exclusive club. I realized that this would be more than just a few months – this honor would last for a long, long time.
At our first meeting at Root Cause in January 2012, we all realized what we were in for! The work load was intense – and no one at Root Cause tried to hide it! But boy, has it been worth it. Over a few short months, I met my consultant Valerie Grabiel, who helped shape Tempo’s complicated work into a beautifully-written prospectus. Carole Prest, my presentation coach, helped me craft a wonderful 5-minute pitch. And countless other – from in-kind donors to all the staff at Social Innovation Forum – worked tirelessly to make sure I was well-prepared for the Showcase and beyond.
I often think back to that day in January when I delivered that 3-minute introduction to a group of about a dozen peers. I was so nervous, I mumbled and I turned red! Just a few short months later I was able to stand in front of 300 potential investors and deliver a crisp, professional pitch. I realize that I am now even more of an asset to Tempo than I was before SIF. I can see how I can help grow this incredible program and am so grateful to SIF for helping get us here.