Linda D. Addison, HWA Board of Trustees
Exactly ten years ago (June 2009) I wrote my first “From the Trenches” article about being the Change We Want to See in the World. I have change on my mind again as Lisa Morton, who became the HWA president in 2014 and has served for three terms because no other candidates ran against her in previous years, is leaving office. Because Lisa didn’t want to leave the organization without a President, she took on the mantle a third time last year.
It conversations together, Lisa and HWA Vice-President John Palisano came to the agreement that John would take over as HWA’s President on May 11 (during StokerCon™ 2019). The shift means an additional change, as someone will need to take the vice-presidential position until voting begins again.
Change is inevitable and can be difficult.
HWA is lucky because this change won’t be difficult. John is no outsider stepping into leadership at HWA; he’s already been deeply involved in the organization. He’s had time to work with Lisa, as well as the Trustee Board and others within the organization. I could fill pages about how much Lisa (and John) have done for HWA, but I’m really thinking more about how change affects our lives.
I have lived long enough to experience the concept “Everything Changes” and have had my life transformed in many ways, some small, some heart-breakingly large. Beyond coming to terms with Change, I’ve learned to expect it, to know it is the one abiding rule of the Universe.
In my first article about change ten years ago, I ended by saying, if you see something you want to alter in the organization (and your life), you have to engage and Become the Change You Want to See.
I see Lisa and John as prime examples of people who became part of that process for the good of HWA. Lisa stayed President through challenging periods because it needed to be done. Someone had to do it. She worked with the Board and membership to make decisions to nurture inclusivity, and add more entry levels for authors and academics. John courageously stepped into this leadership role, after having seen what it takes. Whatever challenges and changes need to be handled, he will handle them, his way, with the assistance of the team (Board and membership).
Lisa will be available to share her experience. John’s heart, intelligence, and knowledge of HWA will continue to carry us forward. Nothing stays the same; ultimately things change and it doesn’t have to be hard.