Am I already going through mid (career) life crisis at the age of 31?
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a work committee with a mix of arts administrators and colleagues from other sectors. The term emerging leader came up and I proudly stated that I was an emerging leader and if someone wanted more information I would be happy to chat about it. As I was talking a couple of colleagues stated that I was not an emerging leader. They felt that emerging leaders were not classified by age, but more for their years of service and I didn’t fit their criteria. After that moment in the meeting, I tuned everything out and had a mental breakdown. All that ran through my head was… am I an emerging leader?
10 years ago the Americans for the Arts emerging leader program was created. With that, a target demographic was established. “The Emerging Leader Network targets professionals who are either new to the field, with up to five years of experience, or are 35 years of age or younger.” With that set of characteristics, I meet the criteria and can state that I am an emerging leader (and do)! Americans for the Arts and other national and local organizations have done a great job of working to ensure that anyone who wants to identify or participate as an emerging leader has the opportunity.Read More