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What Would You Tell the Younger Version of You?

British novelist George Eliot once said, “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” Fitting words for two guests who’ll join me for this month’s Off the Rak episode.

Colorado Uplift’s CEO Dr. Joe Sanders and Denver Scholarship Foundation’s CEO Lorii Rabinowitz will be joining me to talk about building leaders for our future. Uplift equips young adults to thrive and experientially learn about leadership, while DSF makes scholarships available to kids who may not have ever had opportunities like this in the past.

We spend a great deal of time thinking about how to hone our leadership practices as adults. What would you tell yourself if you were at the beginning of your leadership journey? Before you’d entertain the “might have been” thought? Sanders and Rabinowitz get to answer that question every day.

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Sanders and Rabinowitz are in the business of possibilities. Both are preparing young leaders today for who they can be tomorrow. When students begin with the DSF or the Uplift program in high school, their minds are already leaning toward feeling as if it’s too late for them.

Hard to believe, I know, since they have their whole lives ahead of them. But in many cases, the students they serve in their respective programs haven’t experienced the support, environment, or nurturing they need to believe in themselves.

“Our future is really dependent on the investment we make today, and the best investment we can make is in our youth,” says Sanders. Together, DSF and Uplift are partnering with more than seventeen thousand young people every year. Sanders and Rabinowitz are committed to helping young people believe in their potential and making sure they are equipped to achieve it. “You can’t underestimate the power of belief,” says Rabinowitz. “Our first dollar of a promise-based scholarship says, ‘We know you can do this, and we’re putting our money where our mouths are.’”

Join me for this insightful conversation when we’ll unpack how this duo teaches servant leadership and a belief in what’s possible for young people. We’ll also explore their own subtle leadership practices that keep them inspired and passionate about the work they’re doing every day.

Tune in on Thursday, November 16, at 10 a.m. MST for Off the Rak with Dr. Joe Sanders and Lorii Rabinowitz.

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