Hi – I’m Gwen Bortner, and I’m a speaker, instructor, facilitator, and consultant. My goal is to empower leaders through change, and to work with volunteer leadership organizations to answer the hard questions and work together toward shared goals. I do this by providing workshops, training sessions, consulting packages, and retreats for volunteer leadership groups of all sizes.
I believe in abundance — professionally and personally. As such, I always strive to share as much knowledge and experience as I possess. I know from experience that when my students, audience, and clients are successful, I am successful as well. A rising tide raises all boats! I have worked with volunteer leaders for years, both in personal and professional capacities, and I am here to bring that abundance of knowledge to work for your organization.
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Hi all! Jess here, Gwen’s assistant. Gwen is having a heck of a busy week, so she has handed me the keys to the blog. Some of you may be fairly new readers who haven’t had a chance to dig through the archives, so today I’ve rounded up 6 of my favorite posts on leadership. […]
Last week I attended my church conference not as a representative of my local church, but instead as a representative of our district which is composed of approximately 85 churches. In this role, I was asked to speak briefly to all of the laity (non-clergy) in attendance. What made my talk different than the other three […]
If you are skilled, admired, effective or can be described with any number of positive adjectives, you will, at some time, be asked to lead in a volunteer capacity. For most of us we see this as an opportunity to give back and use our skills to help a cause or group that’s important to […]
As I become more focused on working with organizations amidst change, two issues are prevalent. First, almost every organization has problems (no surprise here). But more importantly, most are only addressing symptoms. As I continue my year of showing the process of developing a company mostly from scratch, I have recently entered a new phase […]
Over the past few weeks I have spent most of my time thinking about what creates a good leader. Although there is much written on the subject, I believe it comes down to three key elements. Each of these elements will be defined differently based on the particular environment and situation, but the core fundamentals are […]
Many times opportunities travel at a snail’s pace, decisions take weeks or even months, and transitions are slow. But sometimes the opposite happens. The latter was the case for me most recently. An opportunity was presented to me, a decision was made within a few days, successful negotiations took less than an hour to complete and […]