Charles Barrett Adams

Charles Barrett Adams

Head of School at The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, DC

"The program welcomed me as a leader with all of my flaws, rough edges, current abilities and hopeful potential."

Challenges
Being new to the world of charter schools, I faced a number of challenges, including working with a Board of Trustees, understanding budget priorities and developing long-term strategy. I also needed to learn the difference between leading and managing in my new role: in particular, how to motivate various stakeholders.

Impact
The four-week Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals allowed me to step back and view these challenges from a new angle. That distance and time, coupled with the creative and immense brain power of both my colleagues and our instructors, gave me the perspective I needed to craft the next steps for our organization. I often hear myself thinking, 'What would the people in my program cohort do?' The program welcomed me as a leader with all of my flaws, rough edges, current abilities and hopeful potential.