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July 9, 2013

July Newsletter – Volunteering Sabbaticals at the Folk Art Market

We often write and talk about the people we have interviewed for our book, Reboot Your Life, or who have attended our Reboot Your Life Retreats, taking what we call “Volunteering Sabbaticals.”  Many used their sabbaticals to get involved in nonprofits, to travel on social-giving vacations, or to give back in their local communities.  For example, Betsy, an orthopedic surgeon, spent part of her Reboot Break on a month-long medical volunteer project.  She said, “The work of this trip was the reason I went into medicine.”  Our newest book research on the Baby Boomers echoes that sentiment.  Whether it is the Millennials or the Boomers, people are interested in finding ways to help others by donating time or money. Giving back is a national pastime!

Sita Devi Karna, Janakpur Women's Development Center ©Bob Smith

Sita Devi Karna, Janakpur Women’s Development Center  ©Bob Smith

One of the ways we Reboot Partners love to give back is through the Santa Fe International Folk Market (www.folkartmarket.org).  Held the second weekend in July in Santa Fe, New Mexico, it is an amazing event.  Over 150 folk artists from over 60 countries submit their folk art to a jury of experts to be invited to participate in this three-day Market.   The artists take home 90% of their sales to support their families and communities, as well as learning to sell to collectors, museum buyers, retailers, wholesalers, and people who just love their handcrafts.  The Market supports the ability of the artists to maintain and preserve the traditional arts of their culture and country, while enabling them to share their work with the world.

Three years ago, with a small grant, we Reboot Partners along with several other friends created the Mentor to Market program to help educate and train the artists in marketing, retailing, pricing, social media, and other skills to help them become sustainable in their arts.

Catherine Allen at Mentor to Market  ©Jane Bernard

Catherine Allen at Mentor to Market ©Jane Bernard

This year, Catherine Allen is piloting a new hands-on sales coach effort for the artists – Rita Foley is one of the official photographers, and Nancy Bearg and Jaye Smith are mentoring artists from South Africa, Afghanistan, and Cuba.  The Honorable Melanne Verveer, former Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the US State Department, will be speaking to the artists and volunteers about the new Alliance for Artisan Enterprise program she started with Secretary Hillary Clinton.

We are thrilled that a number of Reboot Your Life Retreat attendees are joining the over 1500 volunteers this year who make the market possible by helping with everything from putting up booths to counting money to assisting the artists.  Come join us this year or next, and use your time off from work to give back to these extraordinary artists!  Or look for an opportunity near you!

April 22, 2011

Reboot Your Life Writes: Sabbaticals Help Companies

We’re excited to share the news that co-author Rita Foley’s article, “Sabbaticals Help Employees, Company, Customers”, was recently published in The Tampa Tribune.

Rita’s article follows Gary, an employee of Intel whose Reboot Break completely re-affirmed his dedication to his company, and Tami, a professional who stepped in for a peer on a sabbatical – and ended up learning valuable new leadership skills herself.  Check out our For Organizations page for more ways Reboot Partners can help you and your company create your own sabbatical program!

February 9, 2011

Work Flexibility In Law Firms

Can Law Firms Offer the Same Flexibility as Accounting Firms?

Co-Author Rita Foley found this article from the American Bar Association Journal and had this response:

“I have been researching sabbaticals for the past three years and there are lots of examples of law firms, from small to over 900 partners who offer formal sabbatical programs.  Sherman & Sterling, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and Foster Pepper, just to name a few.

For all those lawyers who say ‘I could never take a sabbatical, my client wouldn’t allow it’, one partner from Cleary Gottlieb told me that sabbaticals actually help neutralize the ego factor: ‘It’s not healthy for the firm if a client gets too dependent on just one person.’  They have proven that there are ways to serve that client well while the person is out for a couple of months.”

For more on sabbaticals, please visit our Events page.