How My All-Female Leadership Team Sets the Stage for My Nonprofit's Success

If you work in nonprofits, you know from your own experience, the workforce in this sector tends to be made up of women. In fact, the White House Project posits that 73% of the nonprofit workforce is female, but men hold the majority of leadership positions, not dissimilar from the rest of the nation's economy. All this is to say that female led teams are not as common in nonprofits as one would think. I am lucky enough in my job to be part of one of those uncommon teams, and for my post today, I want to tell you about that experience.

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My team’s leadership is entirely female, and each leader has a different background and story of how she came to work for our organization. These eclectic backgrounds have given me and the other young women I work with something of tremendous value: a wide array of examples of how to be a successful woman. Some women on the team have children, others do not; some are big picture idea thinkers, others are detail oriented, nitty gritty types; all lead and encourage in their own way. What I find most important is that these women show me there is no single way to be a success, which means that no road is closed to me.  

These exemplary women not only show the way, they take an active role in building up the people who work for them. We are given opportunities to expand our portfolios and take on new challenges. If we go to our bosses with an idea, we are rarely met with negativity. Rather, we are met with constructive insight and brainstorming. There is a sense that a successful idea from one person leads to success for all.

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In many work environments, leadership fosters competitiveness between employees, driving them to attempt to constantly one-up their colleagues, and this tactic breeds negativity. While no workplace is free of competition, our leaders have put it into a positive light. The success of the team does not depend on one person achieving; it depends on each member being her best. We celebrate each other because all of our successes are shared and are motivated to keep growing. 

I recognize my luck in being part of a team like this one, what with the aforementioned statistics. I am grateful for our little piece of Themyscira. Not only is it an example of what women are capable of, it is overall an example of what a positive work environment can look like.  

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Emma Standring-Trueblood is one of YNPN LA's Guest Bloggers. Connect with her on LinkedIn and comment below and add your voice to the conversation.


It Takes a Village to Raise an Answer

Recently, we've gotten some emails from the community simply asking for advice -- folks in sticky situations at work or in their careers, looking for answers. Well, we don't have all the answers, but you do!

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Ask the Village is our new crowdsourced advice initiative, where we solicit your nonprofit dilemmas and post them anonymously to social media for our online community of 7,000+ YNPN LA followers to provide their insights, feedback, and solutions.

No one person has all the solutions -- it takes a village to raise an answer!

Now, we need your problems. Click here to submit your dilemmas. Together, we'll help you get through it.

Thank you for participating!

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Part-Time Staff -- Full-Time Commitment

AW.pngOften in nonprofits there is a need for creative solutions. With professional experience working in projects with nonprofits, local governments, and businesses, one of the greatest lessons I have learned is that relationships and communication go a long way.

In fact, communication and relationships can impact three main areas for part-time staff; turnover rates, employee satisfaction, and investment in the work or mission of an organization.

I know that you’re probably thinking that sounds way too easy. Well, you are likely a determined individual if you work in nonprofits, so no need to fret. Part-time staff are an incredible asset when communication and relationships exist.

Keep reading for more about how to build investment with part-time staff.

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Welcome our newest guest blogger: Amanda!

AW.pngJoin us in welcoming our newest guest blogger, Amanda Herz! Amanda is a School Coordinator at Youth Policy Institute. Over the next year, we will be posting Amanda's thoughts and perspectives on the theme of investment -- investing in part-time staff, investing yourself in your mission, gaining investment from colleagues, and working with community partners.

See below for more information about Amanda's background and experience.

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Welcome our newest social media volunteer: Jelyn!

jelyn.jpgJoin us in welcoming our newest Marketing & Communications Committee member, Jelyn Hermosa! Jelyn will be helping drive YNPN LA membership, connect our community, and provide valuable resources via social media -- particularly our LinkedIn Group and Company Page, Twitter, and Facebook. See below more a full interview with Jelyn. 

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Professional Development Survey Results

YNPN LA's mission is to empower and support mission-driven professionals like YOU, but last winter the Board realized that outside of our vent sessions, we didn't fully understand the needs of our community.

More than 50 of you completed our Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey, and the results are compelling. Keep reading for a breakdown of the our methodology, topics, and outcomes.

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