2017 ESR Leadership Conference: Keynote
Entrepreneurial Organizations: Creating Communities that Lead with Spirit & Serve with Purpose
"Quaker Practice for Entrepreneurs" - Diane Randall
Friends’ faith and practice offers ways of being entrepreneurial in the world. When an idea ignites, it can be difficult to rest in contemplation and discernment when we want to move to action. Knowing when to move forward, when to abide in expectant waiting, and how to cultivate companions along the way all have a huge impact on whether our entrepreneurial ideas ignite into fires, continue as simmering flames or are extinguished.
As a leader who has worked in small to medium non-profits, Diane will speak about how being a Quaker has helped her cultivate and nurture entrepreneurial leadership within an organization and outside an organization. Using her own story of leading FCNL, she will offer ideas on how we sustain our sense of calling and community in a challenging environment.
Diane Randall is Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement to advance policies to create a better society for all.
Diane came to FCNL in 2011 as the fourth Executive Secretary. Diane has led FCNL’s program expansion, including adding lobbyists and new programs to engage grassroots citizens, young adults and more Quakers to lobby for peace, justice and a sustainable planet. Before coming to FCNL, Diane was a public school teacher before she began working for non-profits in leadership roles. Diane is a member of Hartford Monthly Meeting, although she now worships with Langley Hill Friends in the Washington, DC area when she is not traveling. She served on the Board of Advisors of the Earlham School of Religion from 2003-2012. She is married to Roger Catlin and is the mother of three adult children.