What does it take to build a powerful partnership? Anyone who’s completed an Outward Bound course knows it takes trust, compassion, teamwork; stepping into leadership roles; and navigating uncharted territory with the courage to be vulnerable in the midst of challenges.
On November 5th, 2019, we gathered for a luncheon in New York to celebrate the powerful partnership between Outward Bound and New York Life. With 150 friends in attendance, we honored New York Life and the New York Life Foundation’s continued support of our program, Outward Bound for Grieving Teens, and we championed the philanthropic work of a corporation living their values. We raised funds to support students from our 11 regional Schools across the U.S. Together, we recognized the journey of Outward Bound alumni whose personal experiences on courses and programs demonstrate the power of partnership and teamwork.
The luncheon began with emcee, Barbara Doran, founder of BD8 Capital Partners and an Outward Bound alum, sharing her personal story of challenge and discovery. She illustrated how the relationships she developed with her crew inspired resiliency in her personal and professional life.
Jason Stout, Outward Bound’s National Director of Outreach, facilitated a powerful interview with three Grieving Teens alumni: Kyle McFadden, from Baltimore, MD; and Marta Geilfuss and Charlie Falotico, both from Philadelphia, PA.
Charlie, Kyle and Marta described the impact they felt from being with a Grieving Teens crew, surrounded by people who shared an experience of loss. They found compassion through the sense of community they formed, and it gave them confidence and courage to continue their personal journey towards healing.
“Throughout my time with Outward Bound, one of my biggest takeaways is that it’s okay to be a little lost sometimes. It’s alright not to know exactly what comes next, because when it comes I know I’ll be able to handle it.” -Marta Geilfuss
Ted Mathas, Chairman and CEO of New York Life and an Outward Bound alum, was the featured speaker of the luncheon. He gave inspiring remarks about how his course shaped his values on leadership and his philosophy on partnership. Ted expressed that strong partnerships are forged by acts of compassionate leadership: staying accountable, remaining authentic and trusting your team’s intuition and talent. These acts will always yield the best results.
Josh Brankman, Executive Director of Outward Bound USA, and Catherine Smith, Chair of the Outward Bound USA Board of Directors, shared how the many powerful partnerships from corporations, communities and individuals across the country shape the work of Outward Bound and our commitment to changing lives through challenge and discovery.
Be sure to review the luncheon’s photo gallery on our Facebook page. For those who attended, feel free to tag yourself and your friends in any photos you see.
Thank you to everyone who supported this special event.
If you weren’t in attendance at the luncheon, we invite you to be part of the power, too! Consider partnering with us, by making a donation today. With you as our partner, we can change lives of more students across the nation.
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