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Building Our Tribe

“Heretics look at the status quo and say ‘this will not stand’.”

I was having a great conversation with a client last week and we were talking about how you find your “people” (…and I would say this applies both personally and professionally).

Whether you are a non-profit, entrepreneur or just “inspired”, sometimes finding the right fit is difficult. This TedTalk by Seth Godin I thought was really good and extremely insightful. Finding something that is worth changing and then assembling “your people/tribe” around it is exciting and satisfying!

Ultimately, when I think about why I ended up going into business for myself it was for just this reason: I decided rather than finding my tribe, I would build it.


Val Neumark Mickela - director of strategic initiatives & education, founder, headshot

Val Neumark

Val is a brand strategist, educator, facilitator and coach focused on using communications, design-thinking and technology as vehicles to advance equity. Through partnerships and collaborations, Val endeavors to co-design anti-racist, anti-oppressive spaces and tools that facilitate strategic-thinking, community building and sustainable growth for non-profits and social impact organizations.

Val has a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts & Media from University of California San Diego and a Master's Degree in Education from Pepperdine University. A 2016 recipient of Pepperdine University's inaugural 40 under 40 Award. In their free time Val plays soccer, loves to hike, watch baseball and read Mia Mayhem books with their daughter.