Dear Dr. Franklin,

It is with my sincerest gratitude that I write this letter. I am truly thankful for being able to participate within Cohort II of the Consortium for Leadership Development (CLD). The experience has been career and life altering for me.

I joined CLD knowing that my life was at a pivotal point and that transition was imminent. However, I was unable at that time to clearly see the next best step for me and my career. I have always been extremely ambitious and focused, so I was quite alarmed to be unable to clearly know what my next move would be. I knew that CLD would help provide me with tools to improve my leadership skills, what was truly unexpected and life changing for me was the self-awareness and skills I gained that have helped me to identify my best self personally as well as within my career.

Within the CLD program I was challenged to step outside of my comfort zone and to ask myself some very difficult questions about myself including: my values, goals, fears, motivation and more. This process has helped me to clearly define my purpose for my career, which prior to CLD was merely and outline in search of substance.

I knew that I wanted a career where I made a difference in people’s lives every day. And as we discussed, I truly love my company, but it was though the CLD process that I opened my eyes to the possibility of a new career within my current company that would provide purpose and would be impactful on a daily basis. I also clearly see the trajectory my career can take while maintaining this impact, which is very important to me.

I thank you for selecting me for the program and for challenging me to think bigger! The Consortium for Leadership Development has been a tremendous blessing to me, and I promise to pay it forward by sharing the knowledge I have gained with others. Also, please let me know how I can continue to give back to CLD as the program has already given so much to me. I am truly honored to have been a part of this magnificent program.

With Sincere Thanks,

D. Dailey