During the month of November we held the first ‘Your Stage’ meetings. These meetings will be held twice a year and are one of MAOZ’s tools for advancing our Alumni’s projects. Each ‘stage’ had three Alumni presenting their project to eight ‘consultants’ – Friends of MAOZ and members of the MAOZ team and management, often experts in the field relevant to the project. This was an opportunity for the Alumni to talk about their projects, present dilemmas, ask questions, gather information, receive feedback and advice and expand their professional network. After each presentation, advisors filled out a feedback form and each of the Alumni was able to take home personal summary of the feedback.
The Alumni were grateful for having an opportunity to present their projects and make new connections, and had commented that the style of these meetings encourages a different kind of listening and dynamic. All Friends were happy to take a part in important initiatives led by professional and values-based leaders, and everyone commented on the great atmosphere and energy in the room.
These meetings were a pilot for the ‘Your Stage’ initiative and as such we will utilize what we learned to improve the effectiveness of this process for future sessions.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite all our Alumni to take the stage in the coming year and for our Friends to take an active role as consultants towards advancing these important projects.