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Oscar Mireles describes himself in many ways — poet, mentor, convener. But more than anything, Oscar says he is a listener. He encourages everyone to listen and hear people’s stories; because without listening, real change doesn’t happen.

“Too often people don’t listen when they try to solve the problem and most people have the answers, if you listen,” Oscar told LGMAA Council President Jack Williams (LGM24) and Rogelio Carranza (LGM28) during a recent taping of the LGMAA Lead from Where You Are podcast. Oscar says listening helps support collaboration. “Timing, longevity and relationship make collaboration effective.” He added that listening during his time as a participant in LGM02 helped him create important and lasting relationships that he still benefits from and relies on more than 25 years later. He works to create new relationships as a mentor and local advocate.

Oscar is active with the Latinos Consortium for Action — a group of engaged organizations and individuals committed to collaboration and making a difference. During the pandemic they listened to people in the Latino community who were in dire need of assistance but often didn’t qualify for the aid available to most families. The Consortium raised $1.5 million to assist Madison-area Latino families. 

For Oscar, leadership is all about listening. Tune in to Episode #4 of the LEAD FROM WHERE YOU ARE to hear the full interview.

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Marcy Heim (LGM04) isn’t afraid to face her fears. In fact, she advises people to immerse themselves in their fears and shrink the fear into something manageable to overcome it. LGM Alumni Association President Jack Williams and LGM28’s Matt Flanagan (Madison Gas & Electric Company), talk with Marcy about her unique approach to inspiring others to “Raise MORE money. Do MORE good.”  Listen in to find out how Marcy’s leadership journey has led her on a path to achieve her mission of transforming the world through generosity. Through coaching, speaking, workshops, training and writing – Marcy inspires and teaches others the beliefs and actions that lead to more joy and more money. 

This energetic guest is also lead singer in the rockin’ girl band, “Marcy & the Hightlights.”  Marcy recalls touring with her band in the ‘80s when one night in rural Wisconsin she “took a chance” on a drummer and faced down cultural bias using her LGM experience as a guide. Curious about who that drummer is? Listen to this episode of “Lead From Where You Are” to find out more.


Marcy Heim is a certified fundraiser, author, international speaker and development coach, who shares inspiring presentations and coaching to generate major philanthropy. Marcy has over 20 years of major gift fundraising and management experience; holds the prestigious CASE Crystal Apple and the AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional awards; and received her AFP Master Teacher designation. She is author of, "Empowering Your Board to Serve as Effective Development Ambassadors" and is soon to release her second book, "Strengthening your C.O.R.E. in Advancement." Marcy served as senior director of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, where she managed constituency development staff and programs for a college unit completing a $50,000,000 campaign under her leadership. In addition, Marcy coordinated the regional development efforts for the UW-Madison in the Pacific Northwest for 10 years throughout the UW’s successful $1.8 billion campaign. Marcy's firm, The Artful Asker, provides unique group and individual coaching programs and major gift workshops that combine both the mindset, as well as the traditional methods needed for major gift success.


“Find someone with good will and good intentions and try to move forward. There’s no guarantee that we’re going to win when we’re doing difficult things. But it’s OK to not be as successful as we hoped. Don’t be afraid to take risks.” That’s the advice Sterling Lynk — pastor, local activist, LGM16 alumni and member of the LGMAA Council — shared with LGMAA Council President Jack Williams (LGM24) and LGM Program Director Lynn Wood (LGM12) during a recording of a Lead from Where You Are podcast.

Sterling talked about the systemic racism he experiences as a bi-racial man. He believes sharing his personal story and engaging in deep conversations is paramount to addressing systemic racism and economic and social justice. These conversations can be challenging and uncomfortable, but when we share our stories and learn our history is when we can see where we can go together. Sterling says as a pastor he understands the importance of personal engagement, community building and connecting with people who may be outside your usual sphere. These are the connections that can lead to larger and more meaningful conversations.

He shared hopeful observations, challenges that still loom and how his LGM experience helped prepare him for community engagement. He says there are lots of places for leaders to plug in and make a difference. And it all starts with asking “can we be more than civil and be constructive.”

About Sterling Lynk

Sterling is the Pastor at Dekorra Lutheran Church in Poynette. He’s also the Managing Director of Mighty Purpose, former Executive Director of the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society and served as Director of Operations and Economic Development Director at the Urban League of Greater Madison.

Sterling describes himself as a Vision-building leader - leaving legacies of strategic focus, systems and personal growth. He enjoys transforming organizations into values-driven movements with the ability to make what is possible and good into what is real and long-lasting. He strives to impact the world by giving himself so that anyone can discover their higher purpose, express that purpose in the world, find their story, and grow in wisdom and understanding. He does this through counsel, mentorship and creating environments where those around him can thrive. He says it’s about all of us fulfilling our highest potential.

During his career and personal life, Sterling has brought a drive for clarity, strategic and group-values alignment, stark truth-telling and questioning, intellectual honesty, accountability for execution, and a belief that the world can and should be a lot better.
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