McKinley Williams is Returning to Los Angeles in September!

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August 19, 2015

Hello Friends and Colleagues!

I’m returning to Los Angeles this fall! I have accomplished what I set out to accomplish here in Hood River, Oregon and now I am headed back to re-engage with all that I love about Los Angeles – which includes those of you who reside in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Since arriving in Hood River last October, I have had the good fortune to have been able to invest in a disciplined practice that made it possible for me to dig deeper into what has purpose and meaning for me at this time in my life and to get a lot of words on the page. What has emerged is the realization that instead of one book, I am writing the first book of what will be a book series. The book is titled “Find Your Own Way Home.” I’ll write more about the book and my Oregon experience in the weeks ahead, but today I wanted to share my excitement with you about returning to Los Angeles! For a brief time I entertained the idea of moving to Portland, Oregon where I resided for seventeen years from 1985 until the fall of 2001. But after careful consideration and checking in with my heart of hearts, the message that I received was almost deafening…and it said “Come Back Home, Now!” Hood River is a special little town located in the Columbia River Gorge and it will always hold a special place in my heart for helping me achieve clarity about the direction in which I want to move my life in this stage. But, given that time is so precious and that none of us knows how much time we will be given in this lifetime, I am ready to get back into the swing of things after three years of major life reinvention and a transformation that has been both difficult and enriching in so many ways. I’ll write more about my transformation in future blog posts. Some of you already know that I have been engaged in deep inner work and spiritual growth during this period and in order to devote myself to this work, I found it necessary to quiet my mind and to slow my life down so that this transformation could take hold and bring me to a new level of consciousness. I am happy to say that I have completed what I sense is the most difficult work that was needed (which was emptying myself and letting go of so much of what I had identified with prior to engaging in this inner work) and now I am available to fill my life up with new experiences, new realizations, new commitments, and a totally new and joyful direction. I am very happy to share all of this with you.

Please return to my blog weekly to learn more. I am in the process of linking my blog posts to my social media accounts so that I can share these updates more efficiently.

With deepest bows of respect and admiration!


About mckinley

McKinley Williams has launched a new life purpose consultancy under the Dreams into Action brand, a Triumphé Media Group project. The website is currently being designed. The site is being conceived as a membership site to include free content, video interviews, an active blog, fee-based content and services, and will feature subject matter experts, noted authors, affiliates and sponsors. Williams’ overarching goal is to evolve a community (a movement) of individuals who inform each other, promote each other, and otherwise form a “tribe” of like-minded people who are transforming their lives by pursuing their dreams and realizing their personal visions of success. The Dreams into website (in development) will be a gathering place for this movement. As the site’s principal blogger, content curator and community host, Williams shares knowledge personally acquired over 30 years of engaging in the literature of career success strategies, creativity, transformational learning, personal development and conscious human evolution. With more than ten years of professional fundraising experience in senior management positions and more than thirty additional years of experience in business and industry, McKinley Williams is a respected leader with an outstanding record of achievement in connecting people and organizations to critical resources that strengthen their capacity to serve the public good. His extensive knowledge of philanthropy, the for-profit and not-for profit sectors and his grasp of some of the most complex challenges facing our civilization today, are powerful assets. Williams recently retired from his position as Development Director at OPCC (Ocean Park Community Center) where, for five years, he led and managed the organization’s private fundraising operations, which included cultivation and solicitation of corporate, foundation and individual donors, enlisting and nurturing board participation in donor identification and cultivation, coordination of special donor events, execution of successful communication strategies and participation in a full range of community engagement and development activities to ensure achievement of an annual private fundraising budget of $4 million. Before joining OPCC in March of 2007, Williams was formerly Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving at Washington D.C. based Whitman-Walker Clinic. In addition to his work with Whitman-Walker, Williams led and managed major gifts initiatives for the Urban League of Portland and has raised funds for several community-based organizations including Basic Rights Oregon, The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Oregon Multimedia Alliance (Industry/Education Task Force) and the Rose Festival Association. Additionally, Williams has held management positions at The Casey Family Programs (Seattle-based private operating foundation), Xerox Corporation, Bank of America and Accelerated Learning Strategies. Williams is an alumnus of Occidental College, a prestigious private liberal arts college located in Los Angeles, where he remains very active as a member of the alumni association. Until recently he was a member of the President’s Circle and William Stewart Young Executive Committee of the college. His community involvement has also included the Los Angeles Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where in 2010 he served as Vice-President of Philanthropy and Co-Chair of National Philanthropy Day, which is an annual celebration of philanthropy in the greater Los Angeles area.
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