Organizing for Change

08 - Community Change and Leadership

August 28, 2017

Organizing for Change Podcast - Episode 8 Show Notes

Goal: “to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community”

Host, Amanda Decker joins Holly Wehde, the CEO of Trades of Hope to talk about leadership and its importance when creating change.

Welcome to Episode 008 of the Podcast: Community Change and Leadership


Guest: Holly Wehde, CEO Trades of Hope

Holly is a visionary, a church planter, pastor’s wife, speaker, and Missional Entrepreneur. Whether it’s helping the hurting, starting Trades of Hope, mentoring leaders or helping marriages and families, her passion is helping people live with passion and purpose.

Trades of Hope helps women in desperate places by selling their fair trade products through the party plan model. This creates a dignified partnership empowering women out of the sex industry, slums and sweatshops and extreme poverty.

Holly talks to us today about creating trades of hope and the importance of leading and bring her company from a start up to five years later employing women all over the world.

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Organizing for Change Twitter: @organizing4chng


3 Insights from This Episode:

  1. Remember why you began. Holly speaks about crunching numbers late into the night and getting an email at 3am that told a story of a person that was deeply impacted by her organization. She says this really reminded her why she was putting in the long hours to make a difference. It is important to remember why you began the work and to communicate change stories to the team of people you are working with.
  2. Don’t be afraid of failure. Failure paves the way to success. If you have a dream, don’t be afraid to fail. Anybody who has ever done something truly great in this world, has failed multiple times.
  3. Be realistic. Sometimes our emotions get too attached to the cause and we make decisions based off emotion that are not the best for the organization. It is important to thoughtfully make decisions that are based on reality and not emotion.


Books Holly recommends:

Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, Jonas Koffler

Winning with People by John Maxwell

Cool technology Holly is using these days: “Basecamp”

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