One of the things I hold very dear to my heart are the words spoken about my from those I respect the most. The people who have taken the time to really, truly get to know me and what I'm all about are the people who can speak without false judgements. These are the people for who a mutual influence occured at one point in our lives. I am going to post a letter of reference written about me not too long ago, after completing a masters degree program at Antioch University in management and leadership. I couldn't have picked a better program of study, nor a better place to shape my learning experience!
Reading this letter strengthens me during weak times and reminds me of the inner fire that was re-ignited from within during my studies at Antioch. This letter was written by my practicum advisor, a respectable non-profit consultant and wonderful person, Lizann Peyton:
I have known Stephanie since the summer of 2008 in my role as an
Adjunct Faculty member, supervising Practicum students in the
Organization and Management program at Antioch New England Graduate
For Practicum, Stephanie was required to design a 9-month independent
learning project around her own personal and professional goals, and
to set and meet milestones in a self-directed study, under monthly
supervision. She shaped her Practicum around building knowledge of
social marketing techniques, and developing herself as a teacher and
leader to help work teams make the leap into new channels of work and
The essence of Practicum is blending together the personal and
professional sides of learning, and using "self-knowledge" to develop
one's leadership abilities in the community. What struck me at the
beginning was Stephanie's clear sense of who she is, her energy and
enthusiasm for the project, and a compelling vision of how she wanted
to develop her personal, professional, and leadership skills.
Stephanie stood out in class as a highly self-motivated and active "do-
er." She set big goals in her Practicum, and was consistently well
organized, ahead of her deadlines, and self-disciplined in staying on
track with minimal supervision. She is pro-active in asking for
coaching when she needs it, yet persistent and determined to teach
herself how to find the knowledge she needs. She worked quickly and
efficiently, and showed a lot of originality in problem-solving along
the way. Her writing is solid and well formed, her verbal
communication is excellent, and she shows outstanding teamwork skills.
Stephanie also stands out for me in her deep desire to continually
learn and challenge herself. As her Practicum progressed, she reached
out openly for feedback and support from her colleagues. Each month,
she returned with success stories about pushing her comfort zone and
making breakthroughs in her learning - and then immediately set
herself another "stretch" goal.
As a person, Stephanie is delightful. She is upbeat and positive, and
consistently energized our practicum class each month. She showed
great attentiveness to other students' needs, offering support and
advice that seemed right on-target each time. I've enjoyed staying in
touch with her since graduation last spring, and hearing of her steady
In sum, Stephanie is a woman who is "going places" - one of those
people you notice in early and mid-career and know you should continue
to watch, because there is great talent and momentum packaged with
personal skills that impress those around her. I would consider
Stephanie a great asset to any organization she works with, and
recommend her as someone who brings passion and excellence to the job.
Please let me know if I can answer any questions.
Organization Development and Capacity-Building Consulting