When I started my career, I was a 22-year-old single mom with a chip on her shoulder. In my mind, I needed to work faster, shine brighter, and commit harder to the mission than anyone else. I succeeded, but I was burnt to a crisp in six years. I decided to leave a great role leading a large development portfolio – without a next move in mind – and gave myself three months to figure things out.
I spent those months loving on my son, dabbling in self-care practices, and reflecting on what mattered most to me at work. How could I bring my whole self into leadership?
Since that time, I’ve gone to seminary to learn from the wisdom traditions; helped build a non-profit organization with a non-traditional collective leadership model; accompanied 100s of people through deep inward searching, healing, discovery, failure, and success; trained 1000s of emergent and established social change leaders in the principles of authentic and collective leadership; and facilitated 100s of difficult conversations about purpose, values, equity, healing, and much more.
I connect ancient wisdom practices and innovative leadership theory to help leaders at all stages of their careers develop the skills to boldly lead social, environmental, and cultural change. I will accompany you in doing the vulnerable work of figuring out how you can lead change from the inside out.
Rootwise Leadership consists of some of the most compassionate, self-aware, human-centered, and wise professionals I have ever had the honor of working with. Rootwise Leadership consists of some of the most compassionate, self-aware, human-centered, and wise professionals I have ever had the honor of working with.
Instructor of Ministerial Leadership & Social Ethics
The [Mindful Leader Class] design and facilitation promoted learning that went deeper than simply acquiring new information. Combining theory and practice, the class gave me concrete points to anchor my critical reflection and action as a leader committed to justice, compassion, and healing in this moment and under any circumstance.
In facilitation and training contexts, Perry invests a lot of time and energy up-front in understanding where our team is, what our challenges are, and how she can craft a thoughtful agenda and session to meet our needs. She is an expert facilitator, creating a safe space where people feel comfortable opening up and sharing feedback.