For years, Surge Founder and CEO Carmita Semaan heard from the supervisors of Surge Fellows and leaders of partner organizations that they needed their own Surge. The top can be a lonely and isolating place. Surge responded to the demand, starting with a pilot in March of 2023. We had 16 leaders of color from organizations all over the United States come together in a brand new Surge space so that they could help co-create and co-conspire to bring a new program to life. We didn’t want to recreate the wheel, but we know that the head, heart, and spirit approach of Surge is something special. Something real.
What started as a pilot has turned into a full-fledged program. Our second convening in Hilton Head, SC during November 2023 was a great time of reflection, being challenged in legacy building and telling our own stories. From here, we continue to build on this movement.