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Leadership Starts Now

Hire people and delegate what you know they can do in order to concentrate your time on what only you can do. Sounds easy, right? This is one of the many key points of leadership that I learned during the American Express Leadership Academy in New York recently. I had the pleasure of being selected to attend this academy with 70 other emerging nonprofit leaders. I heard about this program as a board member with the Young Nonprofit Professional Network (YNPN) Phoenix Chapter. The YNPN network works with American Express in the role of professional leadership development and I would never have known about this program unless I was active in my current role.

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Member Spotlight – Jodi Kimmerle

Jodi-K.jpgWhat do you wish you knew before, that you know now? I have so many things during my 11 years auditing in the nonprofit arena. There are a wide variety of nonprofit organizations that do SO many different things and the funding sources and mechanisms vary drastically. Another very important thing that I have learned is that there are a lot of misconceptions about nonprofits. It is true that the public remember the bad stories they hear far more than they remember the good. Lets help spread the word about all of the great organizations!

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Member Spotlight - Thomas Barr

Thomas-Head-Shot-300x392.jpgA valley native, Thomas Barr currently works for Local First Arizona, a 501(c)6 and 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to strengthen our communities through connecting people to place through the many locally owned businesses throughout our state. Growing up in Glendale, attending high school in Phoenix, and currently residing in Tempe, Thomas is well invested in his community.

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Continual Evolvement of Membership

24149422.jpgWhat do you think the only constant is in life? I think you would agree with me if I said change. I have one more question for you. Is gaining new members and retaining members in your association an art or a science? It is no easy task to get people to pay dues to consistently be a part of an association every year. I won’t tell you the exact science on how to convince everyone to join your association because there isn’t an exact science, but I will share a few tips on the art of making membership for your association more attractive.

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Member Spotlight – Liz Mikkelsen, MNpS

395a0b21.jpgBio: I have been fortunate to have extensive international travel experience and interaction with a variety of cultures. My education and work experience has provided me with the tools to succeed in the Nonprofit Sector and I hope to continue to grow and learn. I aim to obtain a position down the road in which I can continue to work with different cultures to enhance education, health, and quality of life for others regardless of socio-economic status.

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