In 2007, I moved to New York City and joined the foundation as its first full-time employee with a simple belief that authentic relationships – made up of trust, empathy, curiosity, and care, and where we feel rooted, connected, and loved – are indispensable in helping individuals and communities flourish and thrive.
This month, as I reflect on my fifteenth year at Einhorn Collaborative, formerly known as the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, I find myself ever more committed to our mission. While our work is cast in a new light and better situated given the current context, what remains is an unwavering commitment to helping people embrace differences, find common ground, and build stronger relationships in service of our shared humanity. (You can read about our moment of reflection and re-imagination as a foundation here.)
In both my personal and professional journey, I am grateful for the many dear friends, partners, teachers, and elders whose wisdom I continually draw upon for inspiration and guidance as we work to advance this generational effort.
My passion and drive are a product of my insatiable curiosity, constantly seeking new ways to better understand what it will take to build a culture of belonging.
- How do we connect across distance, history, and identity?
- What does it take to foster true connection and acceptance?
- How do shame, vulnerability, and curiosity shape our actions and relationships with others?
- And what can we do as individuals and a collective to listen better, reach across differences, heal the divides, and build a relational, pluralistic culture?
I routinely turn back to these questions and seek out answers from different perspectives, experiences, vantage points, and worldviews. Despite the disheartening current evidence to the contrary, I continue to believe that the next chapter of our human story will be relational. I hope this reading list brings you joy, awe, ingenuity, provocation, and “aha!” moments as you take time to restore, replenish, and care for yourself and your loved ones this summer, as we need your help in ushering in the Relational Era.