Current DEL-MEM students, click HERE for leadership meeting schedule and readings.
Students meet via Adobe Connect monthly with their cohort to discuss leadership theories, practical experiences, and assigned readings. Each session is led by Don Wells, Leadership Advisor.
Crafting a vision that captures passions to achieve the extra-ordinary. ~ Don Wells, DEL Leadership Advisor
Don and the DEL Program believes that leadership cannot be taught, but can be learned, primarily by earnest reflection on past experiences.
Don Wells describes himself as a nonprofit journeyman, bringing to his work a vast amount of experience from his engagement and employment in many venues. As his business card states, he believes that Good judgment comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgment. Hence, he attempts to glean from his many experiences (bad judgments) a few lessons in good judgment.
Don has worked for Kaiser Industries, been a Weapons Officer in the U. S. Navy, began teaching as a science teacher, became the founding Head Teacher of a Middle School, served as Headmaster of a Quaker School for many years, worked as a contractor, been the Executive Director of Durham’s Habitat for Humanity, been the Director of Duke University’s Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management as well as Director of Duke’s Annual Institute in Nonprofit Leadership, works annually with both the Nicholas School of the Environment’s Doris Duke Fellows program and the DEL-MEM program, and is presently the lead consultant of DonWellsConsulting, Inc.
His service as a Board Chair, Board Officer, Committee Member, Executive Director and staff member all inform his work with nonprofits. Undergirding his work in leadership development is his definition of leadership: Crafting a vision that captures passions to achieve the extra-ordinary. He believes that leadership cannot be taught, but can be learned, primarily by earnest reflection on past experiences. He brings to this work a sense of humor and perspective that often lightens any task.