" Jess did an excellent job gathering information prior to the meeting and was well prepared to lead our team throughout the day. She challenged our group to think outside the box and to delve deeper into the question of “what if”. By the end of the day, many things were accomplished: newer board members had a clearer understanding of the HSEC and their mission; the Executive Director’s job was more well-defined and an outline for a strategic plan was formulated. Her leadership skills allowed us to move through a packed agenda at a manageable pace, resulting in an excellent outcome. Speaking from the point of view of a non-profit agency, we would highly recommend Jess and Write Connections for your next strategic planning retreat."
HSEC Board Chair
The Humane Society of Elkhart County (HSEC), had just hired a new Executive Director. For several years prior, the agency was solely focused on building a new facility. They had also focused on "animal control" for many years. The new facility lent the organization to reimagine their core mission which they determined should be "finding your next pet" rather than animal control. This was a major switch for the organization. Through their day-long board retreat, they worked through exploring their new direction. By the end of the day, they were in agreement and ready to build a strategic plan for their new direction.
Assisted in organizations board exploring new focus
Outlined both opportunities and challenges the organization should focus their planning on