Lions of Judah, Pomegranates Enjoy Exploring Values, Strengths

[by Phyllis Shaikun]

Thanks to Karen Blue and Viki Diaz, co-chairs of the thank you event held for members of the Jewish Community of Louisville’s Pomegranate and Lion of Judah Divisions at the Standard Country Club on Sunday, March 7, women had the rare opportunity to just focus on themselves for an entire morning. Kim Weinberg, who has had more than 20 years of experience in leadership training and executive coaching in Washington, D.C., helped the women attending to “unwrap their gifts,” explore their values and embrace their strengths – and they loved it!

Both co-chairs had been through an all-day session with Weinberg and were so impressed they wanted to bring her to Louisville to share her wisdom with the women in our community. One of the truly unique things about Weinberg is that after briefly introducing herself to each  guest at the meeting, she was able to call on each woman by name! She says she used to teach a memory course, but still Weinberg said she would help each woman determine and appreciate her strengths and values, and she certainly did that. Each attendee had the opportunity to tell the group a little about herself and then was asked to choose one word to describe herself. The common denominator was that each person is unique and each person’s values are unique as well.

Weinberg says through a process called appreciative inquiry, you can identify your own values and your family’s values and come up with a family statement and live it. We can solve problems by capitalizing on our strengths to help us keep
true to our values.

Your personal metaphor, she explained, is wrapped around four words: discover (appreciating the best of what is), dream (envision what might be), design (what should be) and deliver (by empowering yourself, adjusting and improvising). The four steps show you what you can do going forward for yourself and for the community. In that way, everyone benefits.

Members of the Lion of Judah and Pomegranate Divisions make leadership gifts or at least $5,000 and $1,500 respectively to the Jewish Community of Louisville’s Annual Campaign.

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