The ORTOP Leaders’ Circle is a community of individuals committed to the ideal of Gracious Professionalism® and to supporting ORTOPs nonprofit mission. The work of the ORTOP Leaders’ Circle advances the core value of Gracious Professionalism® as a fundamental attribute in FIRST programs and perpetuates this critical skill and character trait in Oregon’s STEM workforce as part of ORTOP’s annual major gifts program.
About Gracious Professionalism
Since its inception, FIRST differentiated itself from other robotics competitions by establishing the concept of Gracious Professionalism® with the following description:
We believe fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended. In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity. “
Gracious Professionalism® not only distinguishes FIRST’s programs from other youth STEM education programs, but differentiates ORTOP Leaders’ Circle participants each year.
2020 ORTOP Leaders’ Circle Flyer – 2019-20 Leader’s Circle Public. FINAL 082119 – Google Docs
The ORTOP Leaders’ Circle candidate must meet the following criteria:
- online nomination form exemplifies Gracious Professionalism®
- endorsement by the ORTOP Leaders’ Circle Selection Committee
- personal pledge or sponsorship of a $1,000 financial contribution
- attend the annual ORTOP Leaders’s Circle “Cohort Honoree” Induction Ceremony
- participate in one volunteer activity per year
- sign a written committment to help perpetuate the core value called Gracious Professionalism®
Nominate An Honoree
The Leaders’ Circle was launched in the Summer of 2019 to induct the first cohort of major donors in 2020. A new cohort will be inducted each year. To qualify for the annual Leaders’ Circle cohort, the following is the process from nomination to 2020 Cohort Honoree participation:
- Nominations are accepted online and endorsed by the Selection Committee
- Once Nominees are endorsed, candidates are invited to an interview and to join the next cohort
- By December, candidates return written acceptance to join the cohort and meet all participation criteria, including making a $1,000 or more pledge contribution
- Honorees, their nominators and sponsors, celebrate the Leaders’ Circle Induction Ceremony at the Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League State Championship in January
- Renewing Honorees are invited by the Leaders’ Circle Selection Committee to take on leadership roles when Leaders’ Circle vacancies become available
Help Us – Get Involved
Consider nominating your favorite Gracious Professional today! Simply complete the four (4) minute ORTOP Leaders’ Circle online Gracious Professional Nomination Form . Nominators will receive notifications of their nominee’s status.
Sponsor a Gracious Professional. If you would like to nominate someone who exhibits Gracious Professionalism® but may not be able to give $1,000 gift, you or your company can sponsor the nominee and make the contribution criteria on their behalf.
Attend an ORTOP Leaders’ Circle event to learn more. . RSVP to attend our upcoming Leaders’ Circle Information Session on Oct. 5th , 2019 at Wilsonville High School.
Please email the ORTOP staff to answer any specific questions.
Sarah Tenney, Director Development and Communications