Greetings to you and best wishes for a happy new year! It is a true joy to be writing to you today in my first official communication as Omega's new CEO.
As you may have read previously, Skip Backus is retiring as CEO after serving in that role for 18 years and working at Omega for 40 years. Fortunately, he's not leaving Omega, and will serve as CEO Emeritus this year, and then become Special Advisor. I am tremendously grateful for Skip's leadership and service, and at the same time I hold great excitement and optimism for the work that lies ahead—and for the critical role Omega plays.
I took my first Omega workshop nearly two decades ago at a time when I needed a serious reset. On the heels of recovering from an illness, and in the midst of a demanding job in women's health and raising kids, I signed up for The Joy of Play. It was actually a stretch for me—telling jokes, guessing at trivia, and playing Frisbee. I felt like an awkward goof. But each day I relaxed a little more into the warmth of budding friendships with my classmates. The week's final activity was a slip-and-slide down the big lawn in front of the Dining Hall. Water, suds, and lots of laughter later, the workshop leader came up to me with a big smile and said, "Carla, you get most improved."