Ami Desai | Design Manager
As a Design Manager at 2Rev, Ami leads projects that inspire individuals, teams, schools, districts to unleash their potential and create a future of learning that allows the entire community to THRIVE, not just survive. Ami came to 2Rev after working as a teacher, literacy coach, principal and founder of a charter school focused on entrepreneurship and leadership. She graduated from Hope College and also holds a Masters Degree in Reading from Western Michigan University and an ESL endorsement and Principal Licensure from University of Denver. She is passionate about empowering individuals to own their truth and harness the energy that exists within to manifest amazing things for themselves and their world. When she’s not working, you can find Ami on a beach, volunteering in Africa, or spending time with family and friends. She’s also been known to be found on her yoga mat or enjoying a fun cocktail at the newest restaurant in Denver, the city she currently calls “home.”
What are some of the most powerful moments you've had along the way when it comes to thinking about how to build successful, meaningful relationships with kids and adults?
My belief about building relationships in the workplace is that we need to approach them like we build other successful relationships in our lives. Authentic relationships are all about connection and involving the head, heart, and spirit. For there to be pure energy between people, be it adults or kids, both people need to be seen, heard, and valued. There also needs to be a balance of giving and receiving, without judgment. When I think of the relationships I have built with adults or kids, when these ingredients have been in place, by both parties, the relationship is full of strength and sustenance, rather than being an energy drain.
When working with leaders, why are "hard conversations" among the most important?
Brene Brown says, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they are never weakness.” Hard conversations are not always easy but they are crucial because it clears the pathway for real growth and achievement to truly happen. For me, the guiding force in these conversations is empathy and vulnerability. Leadership, especially being a principal, can be one of the loneliest jobs on the planet. Many times leaders feel like they have to know everything and be all things to all people. One of the first steps in having the hard conversation is to be clear about the outcome you are trying to achieve and that the information you are sharing is based on facts, not opinion. Also, truly listen and pay attention to body language…and adjust your tone and pace of the conversation based on what you see and hear. The conversation needs to end in an action plan so progress can be achieved. Authentic communication should always be at the heart of all crucial conversations so you can be engaged in problem-solving, move forward with clarity and create a space for vulnerability to flourish.