Compassionate Leadership in Crisis

Compassionate Leadership in Crisis

More than ever, helping our neighbors brings out the best in all of us. Elizabeth Lowrey, Principal, Elkus Manfredi Architects

In late March, when realities of the COVID-19 pandemic were setting in, Boston-based design firm, Elkus Manfredi Architects, found an opportunity to support the local community. Longtime supporters of Heading Home, Elkus Manfredi decided to start an internal fundraising campaign to support Heading Home in feeding 525 children 3 meals daily. Their initial goal was to raise $5,000, a goal they surpassed in the first 7 days. Now, four weeks later, their original goal has more than tripled – as the support and generosity among employees continues. Elizabeth Lowrey, Principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects and member of the Heading Home Board of Directors, has exemplified compassionate leadership, finding ways to bring people closer together even while apart. In a recent article with Interior Design, Elizabeth shared, “During a crisis, we’re reminded that we’re a community of compassionate problem solvers.” Reflecting on social isolation, Elizabeth said, “We’re genuinely learning more about one another. We’re seeing our colleagues at their kitchen tables, hearing the baby cry and the dog bark. We are each sharing our whole selves. More than ever, helping our neighbors brings out the best in all of us.”

In the weeks following their campaign launch, Elkus Manfredi has not only continued to set their bar higher, they’ve inspired 5 other local companies in various industries to introduce a similar model, creating their own internal fundraisers with employees and colleagues. Elkus Manfredi’s compassionate leadership has been the catalyst to spark a movement of generosity in the Boston community supporting the homeless men, women and children in Heading Home shelters.