Courage Connection Welcomes New Executive Director
Courage Connection, formerly The Center for Women in Transition, has a new Executive Director. Isak Griffiths, who received her MBA from the University of Illinois, comes to Courage Connection having managed her own leadership development business, facilitated Dale Carnegie training programs, and developed systems, programs and training courses in the library systems and telecommunications industries. She works with Madhu Viswanathan’s Marketplace Literacy Project in India and Tanzania. Ms. Griffiths is a veteran of the United States Air Force and of AmeriCorps, a Champaign West Rotary board member and Paul Harris fellow, and member of Women in Business and of the Executive Club of Champaign County.
Board President Michael Lewellen cites Isak Griffiths’ unique combination of education, professional and life experiences as the ideal fit for Courage Connection. “Like our Board and staff,” he says, “Isak is passionate about the mission of Courage Connection. She has a deep commitment to the community we serve and will help move Courage Connection to the first choice for the services we provide.”
Ms. Griffiths, 45, considers it an honor to be chosen to guide an agency providing such essential services to Champaign-Urbana and surrounding communities. A 17-year resident of C-U, she has long been familiar with Courage Connection’s work under its former names, The Center for Women in Transition and A Woman’s Place, and knows that the need for homeless and domestic violence services continues to exist. In addressing this need, she sees Courage Connection as “empowering women to create real differences for themselves and their families in building better lives.”
Ms. Griffiths lives in Champaign with her husband David and can sometimes be spotted at Urbana’s Market at the Square with local Western African drumming groups. Welcome, Isak!