Back in 2019, Jen and I dreamed up BUOY Consultants in response to the growing need for opportunity and support in our community of educators. So many of our friends were working hard as professional learning leaders and discovering their gifts in the areas of leadership and facilitation. Others were expressing that they were itching for something else professionally and weren’t sure where to look. Jen and I knew that we could help others figure out their professional paths, and in so doing, we discovered our own.
One of our first conversations centered around the name of our company. Jen was at a conference in Florida and was inspired by the Southernmost point monument in Key West.
BUOY at Southern Most Point.
As she explains, seeing that buoy gave her a clear vision for the kind of work she and I could do to help educators find their footing and help schools and districts implement solutions more successfully.
In so doing, we could be their buoy — warning them of waves, rocks, and currents along the way.
What we didn’t expect to find out was how much we needed each other as buoys. Both of us were ready to take a leap into the unknown world of entrepreneurship, but neither of us knew just how much collaboration, compassion, patience, and bravery it required. As the months went on, our confidence and impact grew. We found opportunities to help educators, districts, county offices, and companies and discovered strength and resilience in each other. Even during a global pandemic, we found joy and hope in our relationships and partners, launched a podcast, and continue to experience more success along the way.
When we started working with the Krause Center for Innovation back in August 2020, we didn’t really know how much that partnership would impact our lives. The time we spent with the team quickly became some of our favorite hours of the day. The breadth of our work continued to grow as did our affinity to the work that KCI was doing in online and blended learning throughout the state of CA.
After lots of conversations, I decided to apply for a full-time position at the KCI seeing as the work we were doing was growing more and more impactful, and I felt my educator’s heartstrings being pulled. And it came together! As of March 1, I started my position at the KCI as Director of Marketing and Strategy, and Jen continues on as BUOY with not only the KCI but the many other clients and partners we’ve established over the last two years.
While it’s often hard to know when the right time is to transition, my heart also knows that the amazing work of BUOY continues. Jen continues to be a dedicated advocate for educators and organizations and I still get to assist when the project and timing are right. What is a surprise to me, though, is the power of one decision. At the moment, you don’t often realize that one decision you make will also determine the answers to other decisions you need to make in the future. Saying yes to BUOY gave both Jen and me the clarity we needed to step up and out into a professional world that continues to fill our hearts and our minds.