Molly Barker on the vulnerability of courageous conversations

When we create our stories each week, one of the most agonizing decisions is what to call people. How do you distill a life—in the case of our storytellers, an otherworldly life—into the three or four words of a title scroll?

Molly Barker created a revolutionary, international movement that has transformed the lives of 1 million girls, and countless coaches, families, and communities in the process. You might have heard of it: Girls on the Run International.

After 16 years leading GOTR, she walked away because she felt the unmistakable stirring of another heart project. Rarely do non-profit founders leave when their organizations are on top. It was a stunning display of “lack-of-ego” leadership.

Molly’s new calling is based on something that keeps breaking her heart: the ugly divisiveness of our culture, the ‘us vs. them’ polarization that permeates politics, religion, race, and so much of American society today. But make no mistake: Molly’s broken heart is a force to be reckoned with. It ignited a fierce, bold, activism that became the The Red Boot Coalition (RBC).

RBC leads community meetings based on rules of engagement that foster a profound, deeply personal shift. In essence, being part of RBC enables people to connect through their hearts. Agendas and ideology fall away.

We recently spoke in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. Listen to her share what unfolds when we have the courage to go first. When we lead from love, we have nothing to fear.

And where Molly Barker leads, I’m sure as hell going to follow.

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