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Insights into Leadership and Collaboration

A Conversation with Carla Rush

Interviewed and written by Natalia Ramirez


Carla Rush, an inspiring individual from Dayton, Ohio, is deeply involved in the Leadership Collaborative (LC). An associate with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Carla balances her family life being married with two children, a 17-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son with her passion for leadership and community service.


Her journey with the LC began with her work at a women's center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. With a Master’s degree in clinical social work, Carla connected with the Sisters of Charity as an Associate and participated in the Collaborative Leadership Development Program (CLDP). This program, which brought together associates and sisters from various regions, was a pivotal experience for Carla. She highlights the knowledge gained about herself, her gifts, and her leadership challenges as key takeaways. The connections she made with other associates and religious members from around the world were invaluable.


Carla's leadership extends beyond the formal role as a member of the Collaborative Board for the LC. She emphasizes the importance of applying her leadership skills within her local community. Carla actively contributes to her parish community, leading a team for St. Vincent DePaul and taking on leadership roles in her children's Catholic schools. She believes that leadership is about making a positive impact in all aspects of life, from religious communities to local neighborhoods.


The LC has played a significant role in Carla’s development as a leader. She appreciates the efforts to maintain connections among participants through various programs and meetings. The creation of groups for different age categories of religious sisters and quarterly meetings for charism carriers are initiatives that Carla finds particularly beneficial. These efforts help associates and sisters stay connected, share experiences, and support each other in their leadership journeys.


Carla Rush’s story is a testament to the power of leadership and community. Her journey with the LC highlights the importance of self-awareness, connection, and continuous growth. By sharing her experiences, Carla inspires others to embrace leadership in their own lives and communities. The LC continues to evolve, and with the insights and contributions of individuals like Carla, it is poised to make an even greater impact.


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