Dear Friends- 
As Fledgling moves into its next phase, I too will be starting a new chapter. In early July, I will be joining a Boston-based foundation that will allow me to continue to work on social justice issues with a focus on women and girls and vulnerable populations. 
Before I go, I want you to know how grateful I am to Fledgling’s grantees, partners and colleagues who I have had the privilege to work with over the past 15 years.  You have deepened my own personal understanding of critical social issues and the power of storytelling. I don’t think it is possible to summarize the many lessons that I have learned, but I know that my work with Fledgling, and with you, has transformed me in many important ways.   Thank you for letting me be a part of your work.  I feel better equipped to engage with so many pressing social issues in this moment – including systemic racism and oppression – because of the stories and films you have shared and the work you have done.
I am also deeply grateful to my longtime colleague Diana.  As some of you know, Diana and I worked together even before she started Fledgling.  Our professional relationship and our friendship spans many years.  I never could have guessed when she asked me if I was interested in helping her think through the strategy for a family foundation that I would spend next 15 years at The Fledgling Fund.  It has been an amazing experience and her mentorship and friendship has been invaluable to me on so many levels. I will deeply miss working with her on a daily basis, but I know that our friendship will continue.
While I will not be working specifically in the documentary film space, please stay in touch.  After June 30th, the best way to reach me is
Thank you again for the work you do and the stories you will continue to make.
Sheila Leddy

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