For many leaders who are accused of ethical mis-steps, even if false allegations, still experience irreparable damage to their reputations, families, business, relationships, and leadership. Travis Waits has done the hard and courageous task of leveraging this negative experience, to help fellow leaders develop their character to greater depth and authenticity.
It has been a trial by fire for sure. Starting over, in any career is a challenge. Travis Waits models true authenticity, courage, and, as a grace filled truth teller, is disrupting the status quo of leadership to be more effective.
In this uncut video interview with Robert Ricciardelli, thought leader and founder of The Converging Zone, Travis Waits describes his process, tenacity, and passion to empower leaders to live in alignment with who they are in their core.
Travis Waits is a former licensed therapist and professional counselor in the state of Oregon. He chose to resign his licensed therapist and licensed counselor credential’s in Oregon after false unethical conduct allegations were made against him. He went through over a multi-year process in an attempt to clear his name, uphold his family’s dignity, as well as maintain his business. These false allegations were promoted by the very same church leaders seeking to “restore” him, in the community where Travis Waits had also served as a pastor for years before becoming a therapist. As one Christian writer put it, “the church in america tends to eat it’s own.”
There is no due process in the court of public opinion. Unfortunately, continual liable, gossip, and slander sanctioned by church leaders, fueled the court of public opinion negatively with misperception so much so, that it was impossible to have any sort of due process with the state licensing investigating board, nor with recovering his community standing. Travis Waits was never interviewed by board investigators, and his former church closed it’s doors to Travis and his family. He closed his business, sold their home, and moved his family out of state for a fresh start to rebuild a life full of real restoration and redemption.