It's Been a Privilege

Dear YNPN LA Members and Friends,

Photo of Brian sitting in a red chair, smiling, hands claspedIn May of 2016, my good friend (and certified nonprofit mover and shaker) David Kietzman invited me to interview for YNPN LA’s Board of Directors. My mentee in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program was about to graduate (after 10 years together!), I was starting to think more about my nonprofit career journey, and I was ready for a new volunteer challenge and leadership opportunity.

Before I knew it, I was on the Board, then in the Secretary role, and then serving as Board President!

I am tremendously proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last three and a half years. We launched and grew our Membership model; expanded and diversified our events offerings exponentially; significantly built out our internal processes and systems; instituted our annual Board Retreats, Town Halls, Open Board Meetings, and appreciation events; and developed a Committee structure and reliable pipeline of volunteers that has led to 16 new Board Members since mid-2016.

Today, for the first time in this organization’s history, we have a full roster of 10 Board Members, a complete Executive Committee, and Committee Chairs actively leading each of our five committees.

Brian giving a welcome speech a nonprofit networking mixer at TheEsconditeAnd while my role on the Board has been to lead it, I’ve gotten so much more out of this experience than I put into it. All that I’ve learned about nonprofit management, team leadership, membership models, programming, infrastructure, marketing, and more, has been priceless for my own professional and personal development.

It has truly been a privilege to have the time, capacity, and support of my partner, supervisors, and Board Members to lead this organization, and I do not take it for granted.

Now, it’s time for me to step aside. I’ll be stepping out of the Board President role at the end of the year as I pursue new adventures.

But as we all know, when one door closes, another opens. On January 1, 2020, our Board will have an open spot. Additionally, our committees always need more strategic minds and willing hands to plan and execute the work of an all-volunteer organization.

If reading about my experience has inspired you, please take a look at our working committees and complete the volunteer interest form. By serving as a volunteer, you’ll gain insights into the organization’s work and processes, build relationships with our Board Members, and set a strong foundation for future leadership.

I’ll be serving in the advisory role of President Emeritus through June 2020 to ensure that the Board has access to my institutional knowledge and guidance for a seamless transition. If you have ideas, questions, or suggestions about how this organization can be even more impactful in 2020 -- and if that could involve you as a volunteer or Board Member -- please contact me directly.

Thank you for your support of this organization. I have no doubt that its future is bright, building upon such a strong foundation, mission, and vision.

Sincerely,

Brian Rosenbaum, MSW, CVA
Board President
Young Nonprofit Professionals Los Angeles


Goal Setting Workshop

Member RSVP (FREE): www.ynpnla.org/20200115m
Nonmember RSVP ($10): www.ynpnla.org/20200115n

Did you achieve your goals in 2019? What will you do differently to succeed in 2020?

Join Cynthia Siadat, LCSW, founder and primary therapist of Living Fully Therapy, for an interactive workshop where you'll take a constructive look back at 2019, identify real, actionable goals for 2020 based on your strengths and personal mission, explore resources to help you reach your goals, and set the stage to take your first step.

With over a decade of experience in the social work & mental health field, Cynthia shares skills and tools typically reserved for a therapist’s office, to settings where strengths-finding, communication, and collective brainstorming, planning, and accountability can be used to improve workplace environments, improved service outcomes, and happier individuals and teams.

Goal Setting Workshop
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
6:00-6:30pm - Networking
6:30-8:00pm - Workshop
Downtown LA (RSVP for address)

Landing page: www.ynpnla.org/20200115
Member RSVP (FREE): www.ynpnla.org/20200115m
Nonmember RSVP ($10): www.ynpnla.org/20200115n


2020 New Year's Celebration

YNPN LA Members: RSVP for FREE at www.ynpnla.org/20200107.
Non-members: Join YNPN LA for as little as $30/year (click here), then visit www.ynpnla.org/20200107 to RSVP.

A new decade is about to begin, and here at YNPN LA, we're ready for it! All YNPN LA paid members are invited to ring in 2020 with a special members-only celebration on January 7, 2020.

Join us in Downtown LA for networking with like-minded young nonprofit professionals, dinner catered by Santee Falafel, some fun exercises to help set our intentions and visions for the year, and a special opportunity TBA.

New Year's Celebration (Members Only)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 @ 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Downtown LA (RSVP for address)
Metered street parking is available. Dinner will be served (vegetarian-friendly).

YNPN LA Members: RSVP for FREE at www.ynpnla.org/20200107.

Not a paid member? Become a member for as little as $30/year and gain access to this signature event, professional development workshops, our member-to-member online job board, and other member benefits!

Questions? Contact YNPN LA Events Chair Jessica Payne at jessica@ynpnla.org.

Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Effective Leadership

Member registration (FREE): www.ynpnla.org/20191210m
Non-member registration ($10): www.ynpnla.org/20191210n

Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Effective Leadership

It's this simple: people with high emotional intelligence make better leaders. In the nonprofit sector, that means understanding what motivates ourselves and others, relating to others in a positive manner, and knowing how to build strong bonds in the workplace. It translates directly to higher performance and workplace satisfaction, more resilient and collaborative teams, and intuitive mentorship that leads to higher employee self-confidence and career advancements. Most importantly, EI leaders are aware of their own emotions and manage them in ways that get positive results for themselves and their staff.

Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Effective Leadership
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Networking
6:30 - 8:00 pm - Workshop
Downtown Los Angeles (RSVP for address)

Info/landing page: www.ynpnla.org/20191210
Member registration (FREE): www.ynpnla.org/20191210m
Non-member registration ($10): www.ynpnla.org/20191210n

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Walking the Talk

Member registration (FREE): www.ynpnla.org/20191107m
Non-member registration ($10): www.ynpnla.org/20191107n

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Walking the Talk

Nonprofits and foundations across the country are doing tremendous work advocating for social justice, promoting inclusion in our communities, and opening doors for historically marginalized populations. However, we aren’t always “walking the talk” within our own organizations to cultivate equitable and inclusive cultures.

During this session we'll cover a a list of “tough questions” for us to reflect upon our organizational systems and daily work lives, to move beyond words and toward action.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Walking the Talk
Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Networking
6:30 - 8:00 pm - Workshop
Downtown LA (RSVP for address)

Info/landing page: www.ynpnla.org/20191107
Member registration (FREE): www.ynpnla.org/20191107m
Non-member registration ($10: www.ynpnla.org/20191107n


Get a Mentor, Hire a Coach, or Get a Masters: What's Right For Me? - Professional Development Workshop

Member registration (FREE): www.ynpnla.org/20191024m
Nonmember registration ($10): www.ynpnla.org/20191024x

In today's world, continual professional development is critical to career advancement, but the options are many! Some provide valuable 1-on-1 support, others tangible skills development. With limited time and resources, how do you know what's right for you at this point in your career? And once you know what you want, how do you go about finding the right resource?
 
Before we start answering the questions of "do I need a mentor, coach, or masters," this workshop will have you considering the "why" you are looking for professional development. What are you hoping to accomplish and where are you trying to go in your career? To facilitate the "why" and the "how," we'll explore through this hands-on workshop:
  • THE WHY: What are my career development interests and concerns?
  • 1-on-1 SUPPORT: How can a mentor or coach help me? How do I find one?
  • FORMAL EDUCATION: Should I get a masters degree and what type? What about certificate or fellowship programs?
  • EMPLOYER BUY-IN: Can my employer be resource and how do I gain their support?
Get a Mentor, Hire a Coach, or Get a Masters: What's Right for Me?
Thursday, October 24, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Downtown LA (rsvp for address)

Member registration (FREE): www.ynpnla.org/20191024m
Nonmember registration ($10): www.ynpnla.org/20191024x



Calendar of Events Become a Member Get Involved

connect