Investing in Your Leadership Skills
The most neglected area of investment is in ourselves. World changing leaders often feel alone in their daunting task to make this world a better place. Leaders need another perspective from someone who has gone through the “dark night of the soul” necessary for personal and global change. Leaders need another voice and support as they seek to “march into hell for a heavenly cause.” If you are that type of leader or want to be a leader, you must first transform yourself to transform the world.
Public Squared coaching and strategy was created for world changing leaders like you.
World changing leaders who have engaged in coaching and strategy through Public Squared have seen some amazing results. Today, Rich Tafel is on the forefront of dramatic social change in three primary areas: the transformation of religion, politics, and business.
Orange County Social Impact Model
In 2013 and 2014, Orange County, CA, with a population larger than 22 states became the second region to host a competition. Other states and cities are currently seeking our model. Saddleback College is taking the lead as the competition’s host, leveraging their own content, facilities and faculty expertise. Saddleback College partnered with ten other colleges and businesses to launch the competition.
The Michigan Social Impact Model
Michigan is the first state in the USA to host a statewide social entrepreneurship competition. Sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge set out an ambitious goal of recruiting 50 entries. Demand among the public for such a competition was much greater than expected. Over 500 people participated in the inaugural 2013 competition. Hundreds attended a virtual training on topics ranging from “What is a Social Entrepreneur?,” “Revenue Strategies for a Social Enterprise” and “Defining Characteristics of an Excellent Submission.” 150 teams submitted business plans for one of the ten prizes;15 judges volunteered their time to pick the winners and five-hundred individuals attended a Pitch Presentation Event in Lansing MI to provide feedback on the finalists’ models.
The competition’s 10 finalists were awarded cash prizes and invited to use a small portion of their funding to participate in a four-month Fellowship to prepare them to engage investors. Mission Throttle L3C, the state’s first social impact investment fund, supported the coaching and training of the cohort in preparation for investment.
Today, eight of the ten Fellows have attracted investment in their model as a byproduct of their training and introduction to investors. At this time, the investments measure close to $1M total, but we expect this to double as milestone goals are achieved.
College Summit: Policy Model
College Summit, one of America’s leading education reform organizations has been rated by Fast Company Magazine as on of the leading social entrepreneurs. In 2003, they set out to engage the federal government. Working with their executive team, and allies on Capitol Hill, we crafted a public policy plan to gain earmarked funds for the organization whose annual budget was $8M.
Two years later, they received over $4M in earmarked funds, allowing them to replicate their model across the country. Over the next five years, their CEO testified twice before Congress. In 2008, they successfully included a new provision of the Higher Education Act to reform America’s high schools. This will forever change the way educators view the role of high school.
In 2009, the Obama Administration came in and built on their legislative language in their Stimulus funding to states and in Race to the Top grants. When the President of the United States decided that he would give the bulk of his Nobel Prize funding too, he chose this education non-profit in 2010.
From policy obscurity in 2003, they had become so well known in the policy world that even the President of the United States knew who they were, and decided to support them personally.
In 2010, College Summit decided that it was important for all of their regions to understand public policy. We engaged in a policy training program with seven regions with 14 people in each class. By the end of just five months, all regions had held successful meetings with Members of Congress in their District and all were educated to the power of public Policy Engagement.
AIDS Responsibility Project: Global Health Care Model
In 2003, Abner Mason created an organization came dedicated to educating Congress on the impact on the AIDS crisis around the globe. He wanted to begin with policy and advocacy.
Three years later, following the plan, the organization led a Congressional Staff delegation to Africa to gauge ways to deliver AIDS drugs. By 2006, USAID engaged them to conduct similar trips to Latin America. One year later, their CEO was creating business councils to combat AIDS stigma in Mexico, Brazil and Jamaica.
In 2009, the programs they established were running on their own and their founder has since created a new for-profit entity to meet health care needs of businesses throughout Mexico called Corporate Responsibility Partners.
Log Cabin Republicans: Civil Rights Model
It’s not unusual for a social change leader to say to me, “Our problem is that our cause is so controversial that we don’t think we could make progress on Capitol Hill.” I have to smile when I respond, “I fought for gay and lesbian civil rights and funding for people with AIDS…in the 1990’s…among Republicans.” It always makes them laugh and puts them at ease. If he could do that, then our program is a cakewalk.
In 1993, I opened the offices of Log Cabin Republicans in Washington DC. For the next ten years I lobbied, debated, sought funding, testified before Congress and found myself on TV. And I learned and made mistakes as I went along. After ten years, Log Cabin Republicans became a household name in American politics. Having gone through that baptism by fire, I wanted to share my education of the world of public policy with other social justice leaders, so they can learn from my lessons and mistakes.