Saying Thanks to our Outgoing Board Members
As we say goodbye to outgoing board members, Brian Yunt, Nicoletta Fasano, Dominic Braham and Mackenzie Woods, we also want to extend our deepest thanks for their dedication and commitment to making YNPN Phoenix the organization that it is today. In this post, they offer insight and advice to their peers on how to make the most of YNPN Phoenix and navigate the local nonprofit sector.
What’s one way YNPN Phoenix members can make the most of their membership?
Brian: This one is easy, GET INVOLVED! My awareness of and connection to nonprofits throughout the valley and valley itself has grown tremendously. I was just accepted into Valley Leadership Advance thanks to YNPN. If I need to connect with someone at an organization or even key private sector partners, it is a phone call away. All of this in addition to lifelong friendships made. Like anything in life, you get out what you put in. This is an organization full of potential and opportunity that can launch your career whether just starting or after having been in a few years.
Our wonderful programs team provides private breakfasts with top execs in the community, what a great opportunity! Our monthly programming is wonderful and provides that opportunity to collaborate and have an ear to the ground in Phoenix's robust, yet tiny village of a nonprofit sector. For me, the invaluable experience has come from being a committee member and a board member. I have real world nonprofit board experience and sat on every committee available. YNPN Phoenix and National offer so much to those who decide to participate. Invest in yourself for a better Phoenix!
What one piece of advice would you offer someone who’s new to the nonprofit industry?
Nicoletta: This advice may be cliché but it has held its strength over time, Listen more than you talk. Sounds simple right? When you are new to any industry, job, or experience – take the time to learn from others who have walked the walked. Don’t be afraid to show your vulnerable side and ask colleagues, mentors, and supervisors for advice. You might be surprised how much you can learn from observing rather than doing.
What is one of the most valuable things you learned from serving on the board?
Dominic: The most valuable thing I have learned from serving on the YNPN Phoenix Board was that you need to take your leadership and growth into your own hands. YNPN offers members and even more so Board members, many great opportunities. Do not be afraid to say yes for a certain task, project or leadership opportunity. Being part of an organization like this allows you to meet dynamic individuals, so be sure to take advantage and throw yourself into the mix. YNPN Phoenix has been a great part of my career path and I thank all who have given their time to make us a prominent leadership program in Metro Phoenix.