This week Jean interviews the CEO of Change Happens, Helen Stagg. She talks
about facing issues head on by assessing, anticipating, and preparing for anything
but always with direct, open, honest, and respectful communication. How did she
learn this and what wisdom can she provide us? Below are timestamps for important
points. For the full interview, read the transcript or watch the video.
Timestamp of today's podcast
0:01 Introducing Helen Stagg
3:05 From segregation to integration
5:00 Helen’s first leadership role
6:08 Raised by strong women
8:15An idyllic childhood
10:37 Have a loving environment, get out, and then what?
14:09 When you see something that’s not right, you speak out about it
18:16 “The power of one”
21:31 From a 21-year college grad to the CEO of Change Happens
24:23 What is Change Happens about?
30:24 How life works, how opportunities happen
33:13 The value of self, you’re worthy of all things
38:13 The leadership role she knew she could bring to the table that wasn’t otherwise there
41:01 Stick to lead with love
43:32 What do you do with your ugly thoughts?
47:25 How does Helen get to share her philosophy with people at Change Happens or beyond?
51:26 Handling staff discontent, board discontent, or community discontent
54:23 Change Happens contact
Chief Executive Officer of Change Happens
Helen Stagg is Chief Executive Officer of Change Happens, a community-based social service organization in Houston, Texas; Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist; serves on the board of the Texas Association of Substance Abuse Programs, the Greater Houston Healthy Marriage Coalition, and the Advisory Board of the University of Houston’s Health Research Institute; Adjunct professor at the University of Houston Clear Lake and University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.
As CEO, she is responsible for operational planning and management, program operations, and oversight, addressing strategic organizational issues, human resources planning and management, financial planning and management, fundraising and grant writing, and community relations/advocacy. Her role in the organization has resulted in exceptional growth that expanded the organization’s programs. The agency was most recently awarded a community impact grant from the Obama Foundation. Change Happens’ mission is to “Empower people to help themselves.”
She is recognized by the Center for Application of Prevention Technologies from SAMHSA and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention for her work on strengthening the evaluation capacity of evidence-based interventions. She frequently speaks at various community events and has been featured in a documentary commissioned by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Promise Story: “Empowering Community Health.” She is an honoree of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work’s 50 for 50 honorees (2019), recently awarded the Third Ward Go Champion award, named as one of Houston Business Journal’s 2021 Most Admired CEOs, a Pinnacle Award Winner by the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, and Outstanding Child Advocate for the Gulf Coast Region, by Children at Risk.
Connect with Helen:
Questions to ask yourself
- Does "leading with love" sound doable in your workplace? Could you do it?
- How do you handle discontent among your staff? Board? Community?
Conscious Change skills
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