Endnote session: ’Leading with Purpose’

Date: 08 July 2022

We capture some of the insights of our four speakers.


Suzanne McCormick – YMCA USA, President & CEO

I truly believe the YMCA stands out, because of the depth and breadth of the life-changing work that we bring to our communities. My great hope, is that we live into the power of who we are and who we can be. We need to step up and into the unified “we”.

I believe that our potential is greater than we realise. Like a sleeping giant. What will be required of each of us, individually and collectively … as leaders, not as organisations, but as people, is relating to people, to achieve our greatest potential. If we can’t do that, we won’t realise the potential of Vision 2030.

Leadership starts with us. Chose to show up. Tink of the characteristics that define our mission – humility, showing up in our relationships – because alone we can achieve nothing. Together we can achieve it.


Jan-Hendrik Meier, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC)

I’m convinced each of you have what it takes to make the shift from ignition to impact.

Here are the top focus areas in which unconventional organisations do well when they set out to close the gap between Vision and Execution:

  • Focus efforts on a clear value statement.
  • Translate the strategic into the every day. Design your own bespoke capabilities in your own distinctive way.
  • Put your organizational culture to work, and reorganize ingrained power to execute strategy.
  • Cut costs to grow stronger – double down on the capabilities that mean the most.
  • Shape futures, by creating the change you want to see.


Tal Karp, Y Australia CEO

We still have significant work to do, to turn intention into action.  We need to continue to stand with and for young people, especially those who may feel like they don’t belong, such as young women, transgender people, refugees etc. Standing up for yourself, and against the system against you, can be exhausting. Turning words into action means giving young people a seat at the table. Our young people are our leaders, our focus, our reason for being.

We need to work on our systems – not just in them. Our Vision 2030 has the potential to be a game changer. Globally our YMCAs have extensive reach, and that reach gives us an extraordinary vantage point. We need systems to support young people meaningfully – initiatives like the Y Career Agency.

We need to disrupt ourselves, and we need to be the scientists of our own decision making.


Ronald Senghore, YMCA Gambia – online

As we head towards the goals of Vision 2030, we need a youth and an intergenerational approach.  We all have a role to play, to put plans together and to put Vision 2030 together.