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Lynn Naylor pursuing her passion to give back in a new season

Uploaded: Aug 31, 2023
The Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group will have a key role to fill when current CEO Lynn Naylor steps aside tomorrow.

Naylor has led the group to develop and start to implement its Vision 2040 during her six-year tenure. She picked it up from founding CEO Dale Kaye who also served at the helm for six years. Lynn and I connected this week and noted how long we’ve known each other (going on 25 years since her time running the Livermore Valley Winegrowers, now the Livermore Valley Wine Community). We’ve enjoyed our opportunities to collaborate and share ideas during both times.

Her leadership, coupled with the dynamic board, has positioned ITV well to continue its public policy thrust. Both Naylor and Kaye have built strong working relationships with the local cities and elected leaders of both counties as well as the school districts.

One distinctive about ITV is Kaye’s emphasis on empathy, a characteristic that is not found in most business-oriented organizations. It speaks to the cooperation and the goal to lift all boats (for instance, a community with residents of varying income levels).

Naylor carried that forth. Katie Marcel, the interim CEO after Naylor departs, sent along this email from Kaye.

"A founder's dream is to find a successor who is equally passionate about their organization. Lynn has been an aspirational CEO for ITV, increasing membership while emphasizing ITV's empathy mandate. She created, with her board, ITV's DEI committee. Lynn took the 2040 Vision Plan from a paper report to reality. During the last couple of years, she and the ITV board have made significant progress on 11 of the 24 recommendations in the very ambitious Vision Plan.

“She has continued ITV's strong advocacy for business and the organization's collaboration with the government. Her tenacity and grit have elevated the Tri-Valley and its brand.

“Wherever she goes, Lynn will continue to find a way to make this world a better place."

Her new role, helping a successful business woman with a variety of charitable interests, work internationally on environmental issues stemming from the fashion industry and benefitting children, fits perfectly.

Next week, a local fairgrounds institution will likely close its kitchen for good. Esther Henry-Hall is closing The Stable Café after 32 years to move out of the area and be closer to her children and grandchildren. The café has served the racing community as well as broader community members in the know for all of those years.

It’s known for its quality food and welcoming environment and runs on race track hours (6 a.m. to 11 a.m.) The last day of operation is Sept. 8.

Long-time patron Deb Cilk wrote on Facebook, “If you know Esther, you know what a treasure and blessing she is. Don’t miss your chance to say goodbye to one of Pleasanton’s greatest treasures. She’d love to see you!”

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Posted by susanh, a resident of Downtown,
on Aug 31, 2023 at 3:07 pm

susanh is a registered user.

Esther and her Stable cafe crew provided a wonderful community service to all of us �" and for several years�"- via her partnership with Sunflower Hill. Program participants learned how to seat guests, take orders, deliver food, bus and wash dishes - and it was well known to all that it was simply the best breakfast in town. Thank you Esther for all you did for the I/DD community and Pleasanton and for demonstrating that it only takes one ‘yes' to give everyone in our community a chance to work and learn new skills. Wishing you the very best! And congrats to Lynn on all of her ITV accomplishments as well.

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