Times Change, Gifts are Given, People Move On

I have written many articles for Circle since the ACO was founded in December of 2005. As president for many of those years, I was privileged (and sometimes burdened!) to write the lead article for each issue. So it is with a sense of poignancy that I sit down to write this particular one.

In January 2010 when Kerch McConlogue, a founding board member and the original editor of Circle, stepped down, I became the last of that original ACO team still serving on the Board of Directors. As of June 2011, I too will be stepping down.

Personal Growth Through Volunteerism

“Why now?” you ask. Well, it is just time. I have spent a day—or more—a week working for the ACO for most of the last six years. It’s been incredibly rewarding. I wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had, the friendships I’ve made, the personal growth I’ve experienced, or the opportunities I’ve been given for anything in the world. I have had a front row seat to the growth of the ADHD coaching profession and, in these crucial formative years, have had the privilege—and responsibility—of helping develop our professional organization and lay the foundation for the work to come.

With the recent research into—and the growing awareness of—ADHD coaching, it is poised to be the breakout intervention that helps people affected by ADHD put all the pieces together to lead the lives they’ve dreamed about. And the ACO is poised to help bring the attention of the world to ADHD coaching, putting those in need in contact with the well-qualified coaches who can help them.

The new board of the ACO has the wherewithal to make that happen. The majority of them have leadership experience in the corporate world and many have previously served on other boards. With your help, I know they will be able to do things that we could only dream of doing even a few years ago. If you want to be part of it, contact any board member. They’ll be happy to hear from you.

Strengths-Based Volunteerism Works

I have learned that, for me, as soon as an organization is big enough to have an org chart, it’s time for me to go. Nevertheless, there are a number of important projects that I’m intent on finishing, so I’ll still be around for a while. I’ve done the parts I’m good at, and I’m very happy to be handing the reigns over to the ACO’s new, amazing generation of movers and shakers.

This quote from Sandra Day O’Connor rings particularly true for me as I contemplate the past six years at the ACO:

We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.

Thank you for being part of this amazing tapestry. And, please, let’s stay in touch!

All my best,

Sarah D. Wright