The Power of Networking

Skills matter, competencies are key, and expertise will always elevate you, but at the end of the day: people invest in people.

In today’s world, the old adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has never been more true and people (especially young professionals) are finding that their networks and their connections, are truly the best asset they have for upward mobility.

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Professional Development in the Workplace

Even though money is a factor in our life, as we dedicate our time to a job, many professionals want to grow and learn in their current positions as well. In the age where individuals possess different passions, volunteer their time and even attempt to perfect their own start up idea, I can assure you that we are always striving to grow.

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Member Spotlight – Kristiana Fox

me.jpgBio: I wish I knew to just trust my heart and not be afraid to take chances. The nonprofit field is large enough for people from various paths to make a significant impact if they are willing to work hard and learn the field. The differences between the business and nonprofit field aren’t as big as you think that they are, but the culture and values are significantly different and it will change you for the better. Also, the nonprofit field is much much harder.

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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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