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Changemakers Circle

August 2019 - January 2020

An ongoing avenue for DC-area social change innovators to uplift each other and advance one another’s work through authentic community and mutual support… so that we can make a real difference in the world, while also experiencing fulfillment and belonging in our work.

 
 
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Today was a wonderful reminder of why being held and empowered in a space is so important. Whether we’re doing deep and vulnerable work or the tedious, having a sense of belonging and welcoming is essential to sustaining, well, anything.

— Alison W.

Who is this for?

This is a women-focused community open to people of all genders (ages 18+) who want to make a positive difference in the world through a self-driven initiative.

Most participants will be currently in the process of launching or growing a social venture or a substantive social impact passion project. The community is also open to those who have a social venture idea that they would like to start shaping and getting off the ground.

Why join this circle?

Entrepreneurship can be lonely, and existing networking opportunities are not always geared toward building authentic professional relationships that last.

This circle will be your “home base” – a group of people who know your story, get your vision, give feedback on your ideas, hold space for you to share your challenges and successes, and share leads that might be helpful to you.

We want you to feel that there’s a community consistently rooting for you, learning alongside you, and helping you find the resources you need to be successful and impactful in your venture.


The basics

When and where?

The first season of the Changemakers Circle will run from August 2019 through January 2020, meeting monthly at Eaton House, 1203 K Street NW, on the following Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm:

  • August 21

  • September 18

  • October 23

  • November 20

  • December 11

  • January 22

Participants are asked to commit to the circle for 6 months from August through January. The intention is that participants come as close to monthly as possible, to create a consistent community and relationships. Of course we know that things come up, and missing one or two meetings in the season is understandable.

What’s the cost?

Cost for participation is $25 per month for 6 months, or if you pay in full at the start you’ll get one month for free (total $125).

We don’t want cost to be a barrier to anyone, and also want to encourage a spirit of volunteerism in the group. A limited number of work trades are available by inquiry for those who would like to commit to helping with greeting, set-up, clean-up, admin, and/or facilitation. This would make participation free. Please let Sarah know if this interests you.

Eaton co-working members and active coaching clients with Realize Change can enroll free of charge.


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No matter where you are in starting your venture, having a supportive, thoughtful, intuitive person to guide you through the process and identify issues you're having is really valuable. Sarah helped me recognize my strengths, needs, and fears that were keeping me from achieving my goals.

— Emma K.

What will I get out of it?

It is my intention that you’ll come away from this six-month experience with:

  • Inspiring, mutually supportive relationships with others on changemaking journeys

  • New solutions to help you get unstuck, and greater access to leads and resources grow your venture

  • Deepened connection with your purpose and strengths, intuition and creativity

  • Increased confidence in communicating about your work and ideas

How do I join?

Please email Sarah Beller at sarah@realizechange.org with any questions or if you’re ready to join!

Then register here by August 18 to make it official.


Photo by Vernée Norman

Photo by Vernée Norman

Meet your facilitator

Sarah Beller is a coach, facilitator, entrepreneur, and musician who inspires and empowers people to bring about a more just and thriving world.

After a decade building movements to address pressing global issues such as the refugee crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sarah recently launched her own venture. Through Realize Change, Sarah supports women and others who want to find fulfilling next steps in their careers and unleash their visions for positive change.

A trained facilitator and coach, Sarah is the co-founder of SongRise, an acclaimed women’s social justice a cappella group that has appeared on CNN and BBC, and a recipient of Avodah’s Partners in Justice Award for visionary leadership in pursuit of social justice. She is currently working on a debut album of original songs to feed the activist soul.

Sarah holds a bachelors degree in social anthropology from Harvard College and a masters degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and their young son, whose current passion is making art.

Sarah is driven by a deep passion for making the world a better place. She has a gift of seeing the light in others and helping them to draw out their unique qualities. In her recent course, we delved deeply into ourselves to identify our passions and callings. I found the experience to be deeply transformative.

— Becky W.


Ready?

Ready to join a supportive community of changemakers? Welcome!

Still thinking it over? Let’s have a conversation and see if it’s the right fit for you.