By Tammy Townsend Denny, TI Executive Director
Growing up, I was an extremely shy and introverted kid, always hiding behind my parents, more comfortable with the characters in books than the people in front of me. All of that changed in my first year of high school when Mr. West, the speech and drama teacher, saw in me something I didn’t know was there. He saw beyond my nerdy awkwardness and encouraged me to be more than I thought I could be. Soon I was in lead roles in school plays and traveled extensively to compete as a member of the speech team. I took on leadership roles. I grew as a person.
While my high school years are many decades behind me, I know my path changed because someone took the time to encourage me to step outside myself and do something more in the world. Throughout my life, God has placed people like Mr. West in my path – people who saw in me talents or skills that I didn’t know I had.
I would like to ask each of you to do something similar for each other. At your next Theresian community gathering, please pause for a few minutes. Look around the room at each of your Theresian sisters. What talents and skills do you see in each of these beautiful women? Then, turn to the person next to you and share with her what you see: “I see in you a gift of __________.”
Those gifts that you see in each other are exactly what we need in Theresian leadership roles. You might be saying, “But, I’m not ________ enough to be in leadership.” To which I would say, “You ARE enough, exactly as you are!”
Please consider sharing your gifts, your talents, and your skills in a Theresian leadership role. And, please, encourage your Theresian sisters to share their gifts. Sometimes all it takes is one person encouraging another person!
Below you will find a message from the U.S. National Leadership Team (NLT) regarding nominations. If you are a Theresian in the U.S., please prayerfully consider who you would like to encourage to serve on the NLT.
I see in each of you a gift of leadership. You are enough!
Message from the U.S. National Leadership Team
The U.S. National Leadership Team (NLT) is seeking nominations for those interested in serving on a national level. Each person who is selected for the NLT agrees to serve a three-year term and, during that time, agrees to serve on two committees which meet periodically throughout the year. The NLT Executive Committee meets quarterly, and the entire NLT meets in person once a year around May or June. All meetings except for the annual meeting are conducted via Zoom. During the annual meeting, the NLT members provide updates on committee work done throughout the previous year and discern the goals and objectives for the coming year. (Plus, they just have a lot of fun together!)
The NLT committees are: