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Following a very active start-up phase, during which two members of the Board of Directors have effectively managed its executive functions, the Foundation for Self Leadership is now deliberately embarking on a global search for its next executive director.

“We will be looking for a new, seasoned executive, in a half-time capacity, to build on the successes achieved to date and lead the Foundation, under the direction of our volunteer Board of Directors, during the next phase of growth, said Harley Goldberg, DO, Board Chair.

”Thanks to the support of our community and our collaboration with the leadership and staff of our sister organization, the Center for Self Leadership, we have been able to make great headway in reaching our early goals. Among the most important goals achieved was helping to secure recognition for the Internal Family Systems model (IFS) as an evidence-based practice,” Goldberg said.

Goldberg singled out the efforts of two of his peers on the Board: “We owe a large debt of gratitude to Frank Anderson, MD, and Toufic Hakim, PhD, who have carried over time the lion’s share of the work that ensured our growth.” Both Anderson, who is currently Vice Chair of the Board, and Hakim, acting as Executive Director, will continue serving on the Board. Hakim will remain fully engaged in supporting the executive search and will provide executive counsel during the transition for at least six months.

“I am grateful to have been able to support the creation and development of this organization and contribute to its growth since it was activated,” said Hakim. “All of us are inspired by the collective vision and prospects of diffusing notions of Self leadership across our world.”

The community is invited to nominate qualified candidates to manage the organization over the next phase, strengthening its funding base and extending its organizational effectiveness, community relations, and global leadership. A comprehensive search document has been posted on the Foundation’s search webpage and shared with the community. It details the executive search process, which includes a full review of screening of applicants by a search committee, responsibilities and expectations for the position, as well as qualifications of viable candidates and selection criteria. The target start date for the new executive director is set for July 1, 2019.

The Foundation is grateful for the support it has reliably received from the growing IFS community.

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The Foundation for Self Leadership is a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in Illinois, USA.

Since its inception, the Foundation has pursued strategies to promote the paradigm and principles of IFS as a way to contribute to deep emotional healing and wellbeing across the world. The Foundation’s mission is informed by empirical observations that notions of inner “Self and parts” can transform and empower our self-understanding and development.

The Foundation has focused its programmatic efforts to date on the following priorities: (1) advancing independent, scientific research on the efficacy of IFS Therapy as a clinical treatment; (2) stimulating the development of new, non-therapy applications of the Self-parts model to inspire greater self-awareness, better coping skills, and improved social interactions, with a focus on schools and youth; and (3) exploring ways to make IFS therapy more commonly available in treating military veterans  and individuals suffering from traumatic events.

By contributing to inner peace, the Foundation contributes to global peace in the world.