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Meet Dela

Dela, here. Helping things go good.




“Like attracts like. Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright. Automatically, as we shine who we are, asking ourselves every minute is this what I really want to do, doing it only when we answer yes, automatically that turns away those who have nothing to learn from who we are, and attracts those who do, and from whom we have to learn, as well.”
― Richard Bach, Illusions



Professional bios make me squirm. Sure, I have a list of accomplishments second-grade me would have been tickled pink (and confused) to list and pin up in a display box*, but when I really ask myself "who am I?" these aren't the things that first come to mind.

What does come to mind is that I create space for conversations that matter. I invite what's real. I revel in joy. I make things that are true and beautiful - - and that connect us meaningfully.

Image by Robyn Nicole Towle

Image by Robyn Nicole Towle

Image by Robyn Nicole Towle

Image by Robyn Nicole Towle

*second-grade dela's display box

For those who are interested, here's my professional alphabet soup:

  • Executive Director, Friends of Congress Square Park, a gem of a park in the middle of Portland, ME's Arts District, generously offering a place to gather an meet community at all times - and free art and music programming Summer through Fall
  • Partner with Nuf Sed, a communications and consulting boutique
  • Trained in coaching through the Coaches Training Institute, an International Coach Federation accredited organization and one of the leading coaching schools in the world 
  • Graduate of the Coaches Training Institute's Co-Active Leader Program
  • Studied Leadership and Organizational Studies through the University of Southern Maine, focusing my education in the areas of creativity, creative leadership, global strategy and human resource management
  • Educated in experiential training and social change through various organizations including the Presencing Institute and Training for Change
  • Graduate of the Landmark Forum, the Forum in Action Seminar, the Advanced Course, and the Communications Courses, through Landmark Education
  • Former director of Leadership Maine and Leadership Maine: Education Leaders Experience, programs designed for organizational owners from all sectors
  • Background includes over a decade of experience in areas including coaching, leadership development, deliberate creativity, community impact, economic development, strategy, communications, human resource management, training, and wellness
  • Self-taught artist who has taken classes in everything from bookmaking to painting to creative writing to graphic design through schools including the John Herron School of Art at Indiana University/Purdue University, the Maine College of Art and the University of Southern Maine
  • Contra dance caller, trained by Dugan Murphy, Contra Dance Caller
  • Co-founder and Board President of Portland Intown Contra Dance, a kick-ass dance community
  • Board member of Mayo Street Arts & DownEast Friends of the Folk Arts