Dear Friends- 
 
As Fledgling moves into its next phase, I too will be starting a new chapter. In early July, I will be joining a Boston-based foundation that will allow me to continue to work on social justice issues with a focus on women and girls and vulnerable populations. 
 
Before I go, I want you to know how grateful I am to Fledgling’s grantees, partners and colleagues who I have had the privilege to work with over the past 15 years.  You have deepened my own personal understanding of critical social issues and the power of storytelling. I don’t think it is possible to summarize the many lessons that I have learned, but I know that my work with Fledgling, and with you, has transformed me in many important ways.   Thank you for letting me be a part of your work.  I feel better equipped to engage with so many pressing social issues in this moment – including systemic racism and oppression – because of the stories and films you have shared and the work you have done.
 
I am also deeply grateful to my longtime colleague Diana.  As some of you know, Diana and I worked together even before she started Fledgling.  Our professional relationship and our friendship spans many years.  I never could have guessed when she asked me if I was interested in helping her think through the strategy for a family foundation that I would spend next 15 years at The Fledgling Fund.  It has been an amazing experience and her mentorship and friendship has been invaluable to me on so many levels. I will deeply miss working with her on a daily basis, but I know that our friendship will continue.
 
While I will not be working specifically in the documentary film space, please stay in touch.  After June 30th, the best way to reach me is sheilamleddy@gmail.com.
 
Thank you again for the work you do and the stories you will continue to make.
 
Warmly,
Sheila Leddy

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