Hey. So, my pal, Emily wrote a book called Obsessed. She also happens to be the branding genius behind household brands like Casper, Boxed, and Allbirds. So, yeah, she knows a thing or two about branding. Listen in to this episode where Emily drops huge value bombs like:
1) How to simplify and streamline your message (literally, NOBODY needs to know about the mind-numbing details of your mission)
2) Why a five-minute elevator pitch is actually a massive failure
3) How to use qualitative research to WIN
4) How the fear of death will help you to clarify your message
5) How good branding is about the emotional experience of your end user and what Danny Meyer knows better than anybody.
Listen and learn! To learn more about Emily, check her out here: https://redantler.com/
To buy Obsessed, click here: https://amzn.to/3f7Bure
What a treat this interview with my dear friend and soul sister Maureen Yusuf-Morales is! Mo and I worked together at Breakthrough New York and she has gone on to become an expert educator, school founder and principal and DEI trainer. In this interview, we talk about examining and unpacking the racist practices of schooling in America, how to be an anti-racist parent and what educators and parents can do to dismantle racism. This is a fun, whole-hearted and thoughtful interview from one of the most talented educators I know.
For more about Mo: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maureen-yusuf-morales-19511553/
To check out anti-racist parenting resources, click here: https://www.facebook.com/curious.parenting/photos/a.113612870282449/146570016986734/?theater
For more about the conference Maimuna mentioned: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/maimuna-mohammed-m-s-ed-7595b589_blacklivesmatter-inclusiveleadership-education-activity-6682438959559188480-dgbc
Join me and my long-time pal Jenn David-Lang to discuss how to start and run a mastermind group. In this podcast, you'll learn:
1) What is a mastermind and how can I use it to up my game?
2) Tactical tips on how to run the group
3) How masterminds are effective in reinforcing learning and adopting new behaviors.
4) How to deal with that pesky Imposter Syndrome
For more about Jenn, check out: https://www.themainidea.net/
Join me and CPA Chyla Graham to talk about how to deal with your nonprofit budgeting and money management during this crazy time. Chyla drops a ton of value bombs like:
Why women of color may shy away from the finances.
How to train your board at the appropriate level of financial oversight.
Benefits of zero-based budgeting
How to align your budgets with the stuff you care about and value.
Chyla brings over a decade of experience as an auditor and CPA in the nonprofit sector to the conversation. She's also a trapeze artist!
For more about Chyla, check her out here: https://www.cnrgaccountingadvisory.com/
To download her board meeting dashboard, visit: https://www.cnrgaccountingadvisory.com/financialdashboard/
To download her cash flow projection tool, visit: https://cnrgaccountingadvisory.com/cashflow/
Join me and my friend Benny Vasquez, long-time educator and current Chief Equity Officer at the KIPP Foundation, as we discuss what it means to be anti-racist on a personal and organizational level. Benny offers his perspectives as a lifelong educator and passionate DEI activist. In this conversation we discuss:
The role of white people in dismantling racism.
Specific tips for anti-racist hiring practices.
The benefit of white affinity groups and why we don't have time for white fragility.
Future visions of Black liberation, Black joy and transformation for all.
To get in touch with Benny, check out his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benny-vasquez-8749a73a/
Also, here is a helpful blog post: https://blog.kipp.org/teamandfamily/36-resources-to-help-with-complex-questions-about-race-and-racism-in-america/
Rubric of anti-racist organization continuum: https://www.aesa.us/conferences/2013_ac_presentations/Continuum_AntiRacist.pdf
My Grandmother's Hands
This Bridge Called My Back
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Oh, our boards. In this time of BLM and the broader conversations around racial equity, it can be hard to know where to begin with your board. Boards are often more conservative, wealthier and less diverse than our staff and clients so how do we get them on their DEI path? In this really important conversation with DEI consultant Martha Haakmat, we talk about
1) How to get boards to understand the continuum of DEI development and what that looks like on a policy and practice level.
2) Creating a DEI culture on the board through norms and recruitment.
3) Creating a sense of shared responsibility for DEI across board and staff.
To get in touch with Martha, check out: https://www.haakmatconsulting.com/
To get in touch with Morty Ballen for some free DEI support: https://www.linkedin.com/in/morty-ballen
List of resources that Martha recommends:
Benaji and Greenwald’s book called Blindspot (about implicit bias)
Dolly Chugh’s book called The Person You Mean To Be
Jennifer Eberhardt’s book called Biased
Ibram Kendi’s How To Be An Anti-Racist
Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility
Eloquent Rage - Brittney Cooper
Anything by Ta-nehisi Coates
Podcasts - Code Switch, Seeing White, Race Forward
Anti-racism Resources for White People: a compilation of resources for white people and parents to deepen our work in anti-racism
The rubric that she uses in work with leadership teams and Boards:
Today my guest Vanessa Wakeman, founder of the Wakeman Agency, discusses PR in the nonprofit sector. Why do we need it and how do we demonstrate an ROI? We also discuss how to elevate the voices of women and folks of color as experts and thought leaders in the field. Vanessa shares a step by step playbook on how to be recognized for your ideas, how to show up as your whole self unapologetically and why she has dedicated herself to elevating the the profile of BIPOC in nonprofit.
For more about Vanessa, check out: https://www.thewakemanagency.com/vanessa-wakeman/
For more about She Roars, check out: https://www.thoughtleadershipforwomen.com/vanessa-wakeman
In this tumultuous time, we are all asking ourselves what we can do to support racial justice and equity (and if you're not, why are you even listening to my podcast?). Join me and Karen Fleshman, founder of Racy Conversations, to learn about the history of white women's role in holding up white supremacy in America, how you can start to have hard conversations about race with white family and colleagues and what it would take for us to decolonize wealth. I invited Karen, who is a white woman, to talk about her work with white people about how to be "woke," which is not the burden of other people of color, specifically Black people, to take on.
For more about Karen, visit: http://racyconversations.com/
For resources that Karen mentions, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/white-people-how-show-up-rn-karen-fleshman-esq-she-her/
Hot off the press! Join me and today's guest Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, New York State's ONLY Asian-American female Assemblymember representing Lower Manhattan (Lower East Side, Chinatown, Financial District, Battery Park and South Street Sea Port). In this conversation, we discuss the recent protests, how Asians can be allies to the Black community, what the impact of Asian under-representation is and how to shed the shame and silence in our community. This is an important and timely discussion for the moment we are in.
To support Yuh-Line's re-election campaign, visit: https://www.nioufornewyork.com/
In the midst of a pandemic, there has never been a better time to think about starting that side-hustle or that full-hustle. Join me, Kishshana and Brooke to talk about making the leap from nonprofit executives to small business owners. We talk about what is hard and what is joyful about owning your own business, how to feel the fear and do it anyway and how to stop comparing yourself to others. In this podcast, we share our hard-won wisdom about starting our own ventures. Some takeaways:
1) Build a community of accountability partners and friends who can support you.
2) Never stop learning.
3) But don't let procrasti-learning keep you from taking action.
4) If you're lazy about stuff you don't want to do, hire others to do it so you can focus on your Zone of Genius.
For more about Kishshana, visit: https://kishshanaco.com/
For more about Brooke, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brooker1/
My friend Dianne Morales is running for Mayor of New York. She is the first Latina to ever do so and the very first woman in this mayoral race. Listen in as she shares her platform positions on racial equity and justice, access to mental health and how her brand of female leadership would transform New York for the better. Dianne is aligned with many of my personal values and I hope that this interview will convince you: DIANNE MORALES FOR MAYOR.
To support Dianne's campaign visit: https://www.dianne.nyc/
She needs your support by the end of June! Help a sister out!
The documented rise of racist attacks against Asian-Americans is real and hits particularly close to home for me. Join me, Dr. Peter Keo of UCLA and Carlyn Cowen of the Chinese American Planning Council to explore the historical roots of anti-Asian racism in the US, how to avoid upholding racist stereotypes of the "model minority myth" and how to be an ally. This is a really deep and timely discussion that unearths the erasure of Asian-Americans and asks how we disrupt racism both externally and internally within the Asian community.
For a list of resources, link to: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VxAaOHSIitBgq9isoP909PXMPBc7KViq/view?usp=sharing
Join me and my friend and mentor Cynthia Rivera Weissblum for some sound advice and comfort on leading your nonprofit during these tumultuous times. Cindy has been both an Executive Director and now oversees the Edwin Gould Foundation as CEO. Her advice comes from a thirty year history in the sector coupled with her deep empathy and wisdom. Some takeaway thoughts include:
How and what to communicate to funders.
How to remain calm and centered as the leader.
The unique role of the nonprofit sector and how we can position ourselves to serve and to elevate our brand.
How to raise money for the immediate needs and for the future.
For more about Cindy, please visit: www.edwingouldfoundation.org
In this interview from our webinar series, we're talking with Minna Taylor, Founder of Energize Your Voice, about how to effectively communicate with your team via Zoom, how your content is the LEAST important thing that you're communicating and how to harness your breath and body for impactful communication. This is a must-listen for leaders who want to maximize their impact, especially in a remote environment.
For more about Minna, visit: https://www.energizeyourvoice.net/
To see some of Minna's training videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEGyd7dGgnU
We are all going through a challenging time right now, but it won't be forever. Dr. Lisette Nieves is one of the kindest, wisest and most effective leaders I've had the pleasure of knowing. Listen into a recent interview with her where we talk about how to both hold space for people's emotions while also looking at the opportunities ahead of us. She provides both truth and hope in this tumultuous time. Some takeaways: "What does it mean to be both high tech and high touch?" "Right now, your budget may not reflect your values." "Put yourself on a news diet." This is the perspective you need.
For more about Lisette, check out her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisette-nieves-5414395/
Today's guest is none other than the phenomenal Kaya Henderson. Among many accomplishments, she was the former Chancellor of DC Public Schools, Executive Director of Teach for America DC, and a Spanish teacher in the Bronx. Kaya knows a thing or two about leading through challenging circumstances and this chat was both a warm hug and a fire in the belly. Kaya shares her perspectives about being a humble leader, filling up your own cup and when it's time to let your warrior spirit lead. If you need a little bit of a respite, take a deep breath and listen to this interview.
For more about Kaya Henderson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaya-henderson-2ab765129/
As fundraisers, this COVID-19 has presented more than a few challenges. Join me and master fundraiser Kara Logan Berlin to talk about what savvy development directors are doing now, what to communicate to your funders and how to come out stronger when this ends. Kara has raised millions of dollars and is passionately committed to teaching people how to do development well. We are in this together and Kara provides her best advice and guidance to help you through with actionable tips and lots of support.
For more about Kara and her firm, check out: http://harvestklb.com/
To download Kara's top tips, visit: https://bit.ly/2JRkJn6
“Leadership is accepting responsibility for enabling others to achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty” -Marshall Ganz
Now more than ever, we are facing uncertainty. We all have a choice to make: will we grow and rise to meet the challenge and lean into this moment to create grace and community or will we let fear lead us to make ourselves smaller? Join me and master fundraiser Jennifer McCrea as we explore making sense and meaning out of this extraordinary moment in our planet's human history.
I know you're stressed out, worried about what's happening now and uncertain about the future. In the midst of all this COVID-19 madness, don't forget that you need to take care of yourself. Join me and my naturopathic doctor, Dr. Gabrielle Francis, as we discuss strategies to take care of yourself, especially as an empath in this work. We talk about signs of adrenal fatigue, dietary changes that can boost your immune system and how to clear your energy. I've personally benefited from her help while living that #EDlife and Dr. G is a miracle worker!
For more about Dr. G, check her out here: www.theherbanalchemist.com
I invited my pal Heather Malin to talk about the state of fundraising in these challenging times. Heather is an expert fundraiser and we talk about strategies that fundraisers can implement right now, how to survive and how to move forward in the face of recession. With obstacle comes opportunity and those who adapt will survive. Take a listen and let me know what other supports you need. Stay safe and fight on!
Join me and my friend (and first boss!) Sam Marks to understand the financial side of nonprofits. As the new CEO of FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, we talk about what exactly a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is, how nonprofits who need a loan to even out cash flow can get one, why it's important to get a handle on your expenses and what he's learned from over twenty years in the social sector. He's good people and it's an elucidating conversation about financial aspects of running a nonprofit.
To learn more about FJC, check out: https://www.fjc.org/
Fakequity= Fake equity. Like when you're in a meeting and someone repeats something a person of color said and takes credit for it. Or when "These people need..." or "They need to..." is said. Or when someone misses a previous meeting and then questions the decision made. Or when being short on time is used to justify NOT asking the community that is impacted. Or when someone tries to shift the conversation to class from race because race is just too uncomfortable. Or when someone "doesn't see color." When you're working in a social justice space and you feel like you're at the Mad Hatters Tea Party, this episode is for you. Join me and Fakequity Founder to talk about racial equity and nonprofits.
To learn more about Erin and to play Fakequity bingo, check out: www.fakequity.com
If I had a nickel for every time an ED complained that their board was not raising money, not engaged or not working, I'd never have to fundraise. Join me for this chat with Cindi Phallen to learn about how to re-invigorate your board, avoid a bored board, recruit according to your organizational goals and why staff members should never be on a board meeting agenda. Cindi brings a wealth of experience in unlocking the power of boards.
To learn more about Cindi, check here out here: https://possibility-cp.com/about/
Ever wonder why mergers and acquisitions are not so common in the nonprofit world? Ever wondered about the nuts and bolts of leading a merger? Join me and my friend Daniel as we discuss the nitty-gritty of a nonprofit merger. Daniel has been a long-time nonprofit executive and, most recently, the Executive Director of Mouse.org. Under his leadership, Mouse successfully merged with another nonprofit and he shares his lessons learned. He also started his own consulting practice to advise on partnerships, collaboration and mergers between nonprofit orgs.
For more about Daniel, check him out here: https://www.indigopheasant.com/
Join me for this incredibly candid and vulnerable interview with Iris Chen. Iris was one of the founding members of Teach for America and has built her career in education and social justice over the last twenty years. We talk about perceptions of Asian-American leadership, what we have learned the hard way and what drives Iris after all these years. Iris reflects on the ups and downs of leadership over the last twenty years through the early days of education reform in New York to today's more culturally aware nonprofit environment.
For folks of color who are trying to do big things in the world, fundraising can feel like pushing an endless rock up a hill. Join me and Liza Mueller, VP of Knowledge at Echoing Green, to hear the data that backs up the lived experience. Not surprisingly, women and folks of color raise significantly less funding than their white male counterparts. Interestingly, this disparity starts even before the ask. Here's hoping this conversation starts a deeper conversation for funders.
For more about Echoing Green, click here: https://echoinggreen.org/
Join me and my new friend Karla Monterroso to talk about her important work as CEO of Code2040. In today's high-flying tech economy, Code 2040 is committed to dismantling racial barriers that keep Latinx and Black tech workers from the highest levels of leadership. Karla shares the work that she does with the tech community and beyond to help break down the systemic barriers to racial equity in many different industries. We talk about actionable things that leaders can do to start to build an equitable system, why most DEI initiatives suck and how you can know where you are on the spectrum of racial equity advocate. Plus, there's a quiz!
For more about Code2040, visit: http://www.code2040.org/
To take the quiz, visit: https://medium.com/racial-equity-in-tech/five-types-of-racial-equity-advocates-in-tech-c72e5c384335
Instagram--it's a lifestyle choice. Join me and my new bud Brandy Henry to talk about how and why nonprofits should be all over Instagram like white on rice. In the sea of confusing social media choices and too much to do, Brandy breaks down some easy steps to get started with IG and how to not get overwhelmed. The best piece of news: Brandy is willing to help you out for FREE so contact her to get your IG game right and tight.
To contact Brandy, visit here: https://www.brandywhenry.com/
To download her worksheet HOW TO SAY IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA, click here
Founders: they are among the most amazing and maddening people. Many founders struggle as sustaining Executive Directors because the skills that helped you to start a nonprofit are different than the skills needed to be an enduring leader. It takes a lot of reflection, maturity and grace to move from founder to mature ED. Join me as we chat with Jai Nanda who has gone from a founding ED to a tenured ED of over 20 years. Along the way, he's built an amazing organization, Urban Dove, and changed his leadership and perspective. This is a must-listen for founding EDs.
For more about Jai, check out: http://urbandove.org/about-us/our-mission/
You guys--this convo BLEW MY MIND. I usually try not to fangirl, but Susan Scott is so unbelievably amazing. She shares insights from her top-selling book Fierce Conversations and Fierce Leadership to help you have the fierce and necessary conversations with your employees, your family and your friends. This conversation is truthful, honest and whole-hearted. I felt changed afterward and I hope you will too.
Some tidbits from our chat:
"We are always having conversations and sometimes we include other people."
“Remember that what gets talked about and how it gets talked about determines what will happen. Or won't happen. And that we succeed or fail, gradually then suddenly, one conversation at a time.”
For more about Susan, check out her company here: https://fierceinc.com/
To watch Susan's TED talk, check it out here: https://youtu.be/oVKaXUB4EFg
Happy 2020, friends! Today's podcast is my hope for your 2020. I hope and wish you good health. How many of us sacrifice our health and well-being for the cause? Join me and my friend Liza Baker, recovering nonprofit executive and health coach, to get tips about how to start taking care of yourself through food, exercise and little habits that can make a huge difference. She provides actionable tips that are not painful. Start 2020 out with making sure that you are the best you can be.
For more about Liza, check her out here: https://simply-healthcoaching.com/
How many of us would love to be funded by Robin Hood? Ever wondered if you've hit a ceiling with your fundraising efforts? Today my guest is Suzi Epstein, Managing Director of the Robin Hood Foundation who discusses a free program for nonprofits at Robin Hood to up their game, some of the mistakes that she sees on proposals and what it takes to qualify for Robin Hood funding. Please note that the deadline for the Robin Hood GRIT program is January 17, 2020 so get it while the getting is good!
To apply, visit: https://www.robinhood.org/programs/special-initiatives/grit/
This episode is coming in HOT! As we head into end-of-year fundraising, Kara breaks down how we need to flip the switch in our own minds about fundraising. We talk about the mindset and psychology of an effective fundraiser, how to shake it off (hint: it's not about YOU), the power dynamics for fundraisers of color and how to retain our fundraisers. Kara is funny, direct and an expert in her field. It's a fundraising masterclass!
For more about Kara's firm, check her out here: http://harvestklb.com/
Also, check out her super-awesome TED talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUvoBzjZv7E
For the busy nonprofit executive, it just feels like social media falls to the bottom of your very long to-do list, amirite? It's all so overwhelming--so many platforms, not enough time. Join me and my guest Julia Campbell to talk about how to leverage social media effectively to build community for your cause, how to stop using it like a billboard and how to avoid common mistakes (spoiler alert: answer your comments!)
For the forward-thinking nonprofit, it's time to get on the social media bus or get left behind. Julia is smart, insightful and realistic about how much the average nonprofit can really do on social.
For more about Julia, check out her website: https://jcsocialmarketing.com/
Happy Thanksgiving y'all! It's particularly fitting that today's post is with my friend Kishshana: truth-teller, inspo and fundraiser extraordinaire. I'm thankful to have people like Ms. Kishshana in my life. Join today's no-holds-barred convo about the unique challenges that women of color (especially Black women) face in major gift fundraising, what happens behind closed doors and how to get that DEI party started at your organization. Ms. K drops ALL the truth bombs like it's hot and she's funny as hell. We're speaking truth to power and making #noapologies!
To find out more about this diva: https://kishshanaco.com/
To read Kishshana's latest piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, check it out here: https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Keep-Women-of-Color/247544
Today I'm chilling with the Big Poppa of the New York nonprofit world, Rich Berlin. Rich walks us through the quick history of Harlem RBI that has since become multi-service wraparound school called Dream. Rich tells us how his organization went from almost closing to its current $40M a year budget. He shares his thoughts about board recruitment, board management and how to prepare a board to punch above its weight. One day, I would like to be able to say "We're not talking to you for less than a seven figure gift." Listen, learn and LOVE it. This has got to be one of my very favorite podcast episodes (I love them all like my children.)
For more about Rich, check out their website: https://www.wearedream.org/
As we careen towards year-end, we know all you fundraisers are out burning the midnight oil. Annual appeal, Giving Tuesday, making budget, oh my! My guest Patrick Kirby FEELS YOU. Take a quick 30 minutes to take a listen to this fun episode. Patrick and I talk about why people dread fundraising, what happens when boards and executives don't know how to fundraise (spoiler alert: unreasonable much?) and how to create a culture of philanthropy in your org. Patrick is fun, caffeinated and HERE FOR YOU.
For more about Patrick, check him out: https://www.dogoodbetterconsulting.com/
This month, as we head into the holiday giving season, we're featuring podcasts about fundraising! This week, I'm chatting with Crystal Leochko Johnston, Founder of Eclipse Research to talk about how to identify and validate donor prospects. Do you ever feel like fundraising is trying to find your way in the dark? Ever hear your board tell you that they don't know anyone wealthy? Think that you could target your current donor list for bigger gifts? Don't miss this episode. Today's $100 donor could be tomorrow's $100,000 donor if you have the right data.
For more about Crystal click here: www.eclipseresearchgroup.com/
Free prospect research sources:
NOZA Search - listing of Canadian and U.S. donation records (paid subscription) - www.nozasearch.com
Newspaperarchive - newspapers from Canada, U.S. and 27 other countries (paid subscription) - www.newspaperarchive.com
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - U.S. Securities information (free) - www.sec.gov
SEDI (System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders) - information on Canadian insiders (free) - www.sedi.ca
SEDAR (The System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval) - Canadian securities documents (free) - www.sedar.com
Federal Election Commission - U.S. political donations (free) - www.fec.gov
Any ED will tell you that it feels like stress and pressure are part of the job. Constant worry and panic got you down? Join me and my buddy Shalini as we talk about strategies and tactics to make the time for self-care, how to use that four-letter word "H-E-L-P" and being responsible for your own energy. Shalini is, like me, a recovering Executive Director and coach to leaders. Make yourself a cup of tea, give yourself a little break and hang with us. We FEEL YOUR PAIN, y'all!
For more about Shalini, check out her website: www.shalinisomayaji.com/
This week, I'm interviewing CEO and Co-founder of New Classrooms Joel Rose. Joel started his career as a math teacher and created an organization that is re-thinking the classroom experience with technology. While building New Classrooms, he shares his lessons learned about building an organization, the single most important practice for his team and the importance of being useful over being right.
For more information about Joel and New Classrooms, check it out here: https://www.newclassrooms.org/
Daniel Oscar: educator, nonprofit exec, marathoner. Listen in to Daniel's gems of wisdom for staying the course in the nonprofit world. Daniel helped Wendy Kopp build Teach for America and has been in various roles in the nonprofit/education reform sector since then. He shares his tips on how to run the marathon and not the sprint, how to prioritize self-care and his best advice to young people starting out in nonprofit. My favorite takeaway: focus on being helpful instead of being right.
For more about Daniel and Center for Supportive Schools, check it out here.
Have you ever walked away from a hard conversation feeling like a bomb went off and you didn't take cover? Join me and my friend and mentor Jen Mayer, Founder of Becoming Better Together to talk about how to have hard conversations with fierceness and kindness, how to learn how to know thyself and how to be in the world even when it's uncomfortable.
Jen is the queen of resources and offers this resource as thought-starters and tools for fierce conversations.
Join me for a chat with master coach and my former Board Chair Ted Federici to discuss the common pitfalls of leaders and the mistakes they make. The job that we have as leaders is daunting and we sometimes do ourselves a disservice by being our own worst enemies. Learn how to tame the ego, build trust and have the meeting before the meeting. Bonus: you'll learn some of my favorite "Federicisms" like: "Everyone caters to the craziest person in the room," or "It's just a fart in a windstorm."
To learn more about Ted and his work, visit Ted at federicicoaching.com.
Happy Birthday to Nonprofit Lowdown! Thanks, listeners, for hanging with me for a year. It's been a blast and a JOURNEY!
For today's pod, I'm reviewing three books that have really taken my game to the next level. There's something for everyone. For organizational design geeks, there's Brave New Work. For productivity and people who just need to get to work, there's Free to Focus. And for managers and leaders who want to give better feedback, there's The Feedback Fallacy: Why Feedback Rarely Does What It's Meant To and the companion book Nine Lies About Work.
It's been an honor and pleasure to be in your earbuds this last year. Let me know if there are topics you'd like for me to review and thank you for listening!
We're back with our resident Technologista Emily Hicks-Rotella! In today's pod, we talking about our favorite tech tools, tips and books for how to wrangle our to-do lists, get to inbox zero and manage our focus. Too much to do and not enough time? Join the club. This is a must-listen if you're trying to get to work and for tech to work for you, not against you.
Some of our favorite tools:
Books we love:
Getting Things Done (classic!)
Free to Focus
You know how there are people in your life who inspire you to level up your game? Lisette Nieves is one of these people. She's an educator, a do-er, a coach and an inspiration. On today's pod we talk about the challenges of managing a board and staff and how to make people feel USEFUL is more important than making them feel happy. We discuss the dangers of a bored board, why you need to challenge your assumptions about who you need on your board and the emotional labor of leadership.
For more Lisette, check out her website here.
People: your biggest asset and perhaps your biggest pain point. Join me on today's pod with organizational strategist, human capital and DEI expert Sydney Henriques-Payne to explore some of the obstacles and opportunities with your people. How do you spark cultural change? How do you bring on the right level of leader for the maturity of your organization? How do you put DEI in the center of the work and work with people at different levels of "wokeness"? Sydney is dropping knowledge bombs like it's her job.
Also, Nine Lies About Work is mentioned on the pod.
Humans. So complicated, amirite?
Today I'm talking with Laura Wolff at Ideas42 about the work they do with nonprofits to boost positive behavioral change. Learn some quick tips and tricks about lowering friction to desired behaviors and how to make teenagers do things. We discuss simple changes that make a big impact from increasing enrollment to Gifted and Talented programs to decreasing community college dropout rates.
To access FREE workshops @Ideas42, click here.
For access to resources we mention on the pod, click here.
This one is for all you Founders out there. Join me as I chat with my friend and professional coach Paul Thallner as we talk about the pitfalls of leadership. How does one go from a passionate person with a start-up to an effective organizational leader? How do you use the power of story-telling and narrative to shape culture and why does being a leader just suck sometimes? Join us for some empathetic, good sense with Paul. For more info about Paul, check out his company High Peaks Group if you need some coaching to level up!
I don't think you're ready for this jelly.
Two of the fiercest Asian-American women I know are with me on today's pod and we're ready to torch the patriarchy.
Join me and my buds Seisei and Cosmo as we discuss what it means to be an Asian-American in the social justice space, how we can use our own privilege in service to others and why the Harvard lawsuit is a wedge issue. Also, for those of you who want to negotiate a raise for yourself, call Seisei.
Click here to get in touch with these badasses.
Seisei & Cosmo #rockthecasbah.
What's harder than raising $5M for operating? How about $34M for a new building? Join me and my dear friend Amanda Kraus, Founder and CEO of Row NY, to talk about what she's learned about launching a capital campaign for their beautiful new Harlem-based boathouse. In this convo, we talk about how to know when you're ready, how to avoid cannibalizing your annual fund donors and tips she's learned from Rich Berlin. Also, can you check out this gorgeous boathouse?
Join me and my buddy Heather Malin as we talk about her transition from a dog-enthusiast to a major gift fundraiser. We talk about some of the common mistakes of fundraisers, how to turn your board into your biggest fundraisers and advocates and why people wait too long to ask. Need some inspiration to go ask for that $$? Listen to this one!
You're not bossy if you are the boss.
Today I'm talking with my friend Tammy Dowley Blackman about her journey as a leader, the challenges faced by folks of color in the development field and how she went from Executive Director to launching her own consulting firm. We talk about the strategy of scaling, how to think about the business and why motherhood inspired her to be an entrepreneur. This is a must-listen for those of you who are thinking about striking out on your own.
In today's pod, I'm talking with Judy Levine, Executive Director of Cause Effective. Judy and her team just released an important white paper about the state of fundraisers of color in the nonprofit industry.
Some value bombs:
The single most important factor of success for a fundraiser of color is a supportive Executive Director.
People who make the transition into senior development roles often jump orgs to find their right fit. You can't afford NOT to listen to this episode.
Get your hands on the report here.
This is the original bosslady. On today's pod, I'm talking with former CEO of iMentor and Executive Coach Caroline Kim Oh. We're spilling the tea on all the things including being the Only Ones in rooms, how Asian Americans have been misused as the "model minority" and how to start your own biz. As more EDs are leaving their positions, listen to one former ED's story of how she set up her business to work for herself (and conquered her fears in the process!)
For more information, check out Caroline here.
Happy July 4th! Free yourself from the tyranny of white supremacist hiring practices! Join me for a great conversation with consultant Judy Pryor-Ramirez about how to source, hire and retain folks of color. Some value bombs: 1) how to assess your current practices 2) how to question white supremacist paradigms in hiring 3) what "Real Talk with Judy" means.
For more information about Judy, check her out here.
For Judy's recommendation on white supremacist culture, download it here.
So, fun fact: I've always secretly wanted to be a Navy SEAL. Or a Marine. Join me on today's pod with my friend retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Bill Wroten.
Here's a value bomb for you: You lead people and manage processes. Once you talk about managing people, you've reduced them to processes and that's why they don't feel ownership.
How much of a pain point is hiring for you? Are you looking to diversify your pool, make your process more equitable and inclusive and retain a diverse workforce? Duh, aren't we all? Join me as I chat with Anthony Barrows, Managing Director of Ideas42, as we talk about how they have redesigned their process to mitigate implicit bias.
For NYC-based nonprofits, check out their Behavioral Design Center.
For implicit bias test, click here.
For Iris Bohnet research, click here.
Today we're chatting with my buddy, Morty Ballen, who lived through the go-go days of charter school expansion. As the CEO and Founder of Explore Schools, Morty oversaw the replication of three schools in an eight year period. He shares his lessons learned (spoiler alert: it's the people!) and what is on the other side of leaving after 20 years of being the CEO. Morty is humble, insightful and good-natured and I enjoyed this conversation immensely.
Join me on today's pod as I talk with veteran nonprofit leader, Jane Martinez Dowling. In today's chat, Jane discusses how her experience as a first-gen college-going, Dominican-American woman has influenced her leadership. She's been in the top job in three different organizations and also touches on how to be a boss and a mom. Spoiler alert: leave the guilt and judgement behind. Jane was a joy!
Today, we're speaking with our resident Tech Goddess, Emily Hicks-Rotella about how technology and spirituality are connected. This conversation is a little more whoo-whoo than others we've had so feel free to skip it if it's not your jam. We talk about what it means to have a single source of truth, how technology can connect us to our purpose and clarity and how you don't have to go sit on a mountaintop to achieve peace.
Click here for more about Emily.
So. Many. Truth. Bombs.
This interview with The Ready's Sam Spurlin. I reached out to Sam because I'm OBSESSED with the book Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan. So often in organizations when things aren't working, when communication breaks down, when we're having meetings about meetings--well, it just makes you crazy. Sam talks about how our approach to organizational change might be about identifying and fixing the operating system one experiment at a time. We talk so much about culture, but culture is created by organizational operating systems. Tune in to this very educational interview with Sam.
Usually, we feature episodes that help nonprofit executives to run their nonprofits better. Today, we're talking with Clara Chow about her work in creating pathways to financial sustainability and a product that can help low-income Americans from falling prey to payday loans. I've seen what financial instability and predatory lending practices have done to families. Take a listen to Clara's take on how we can help hard-working Americans to access capital and build strong financial foundations.
To learn more about this or to get into the pilot, email Clara here.
Today I'm chatting with Dr. Kerry Ann who was Founder of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. As a young African-American professor, she founded her organization to mentor and support women and faculty of color in their academic careers. We talk about what happens when it's time to move on from your organization and what life looks like on the other side. Kerry Ann is wise, warm and wonderful.
To find out more about Kerry Ann's adventures, check out her blog: www.TheBestChapter.com
I'm so pleased to welcome back my friend Emily. Today, we're talking about how small nonprofits that don't have a big IT budget or IT department can take steps to become more data-driven and tech-forward. Emily will be a recurring guest so if you have tech/data questions, email them in at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man."
Get ready to jump because we're setting this house ON FIRE. Ify Walker is the founder and CEO of Offor, which is one of the nation's top talent broker agencies in the country. In today's episode we talk about the war for talent, especially for leaders of color, how to find the courage to run your own company and change the conversation about race, access and getting to the C-suite. Ify is telling the truth about building her business, creating power brokers and why you need an FU fund.
Find Ify and her team here.
Joyful. Thought-provoking. Truth-telling. Join me for this wide-ranging conversation with Erica Hamilton. Erica shares her wisdom and perspective as an expert leader, manager and "nonprofit whisperer." We talk about the women of color tax, the benefits of saying NO and how to survive and thrive as a nonprofit executive. A must-listen for current and aspiring nonprofit execs!
Hold onto your hats because Dianne is about the blow the roof off. #Realtalk: we're addressing some of the elephants in the room about why it can be so exhausting to be a woman of color in the top job. Dianne is the Executive Director and CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods and has been wildly successful in her role. So, what did she do when she was told she was "flying too close to the sun"? What emotional labor does it take to do the work every day? Please let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comments.
I LOVED this interview with Columbia University doctoral candidate Micah McElroy. Micah is pursuing his PhD in the history of philanthropy in the US and we delve into all sort of interesting historical examples of philanthropy in America. What cycles of wealth and philanthropy are we seeing today? Can we expect Jeff Bezos to lift the rock upon which he stands? Let me know what you think in the comments!
We all talk about it, but how do you achieve it? Join me in my conversation with Emily Hicks-Rotella of Make Tech Work For You. Get control of your data and digital life, slay those tech phobias and find actionable ways to become a data-driven organization.
What to expect when you're conducting your first audit? If you're like most EDs, dealing with the financial side is just a wee bit mysterious. Join me as I chat with Howard Cohen CPA, Partner of Mazars to learn about how to prepare for your audit, what best practices you can implement in a small shop and how to be BFF with your accountants. Click here to get in touch with Howard for your next audit.
Did you know that 93% of all communication is non-verbal? How do you incorporate feedback about your communication and still stay true to yourself? Join me as we talk with Leah Bonvissuto, founder of Present Voices to learn about how to communicate with power and intention.
Join me and my dear pal Brooke Richie-Babbage for this super-intimate and #realdeal convo about what we wish we had known before becoming Executive Directors. Brooke was the Founder and Executive Director of the Resilience Advocacy Project for ten years at the ripe old age of 28. We talk about the emotional labor of leadership, what we learned the hard way and some of our biggest lessons learned. This is a must-listen for new leaders!
Today I'm chatting with David King, President of Alexander Haas, a fundraising consulting firm. We discuss how to build and manage a giving board, how to hire development staff and some future trends in philanthropy. David brings a wealth of experience to the convo along with some good ol' Southern charm.
Check out Alexander Haas here.
This is a wide-ranging conversation with Jovian Zayne, leader, activist, coach and DEI expert. Diversity, equity and inclusion are top of mind for so many leaders, but how do even get started? Don't miss this episode!
#DEI #nonprofit #leadership
DO NOT MISS THIS ONE! I'm sitting down with my pal Emily Heyward, co-founder of Red Antler to talk about launching iconic brands. Emily is the genius behind Casper, Birchbox, Allbirds, to name a few. What can this brand whisperer teach the nonprofit community? You will rethink your brand after this chat.
Join me in today's conversation with Carol Argento, VP of the Charles Hayden Foundation. What are program officers really looking for? How important are connections in getting funded? What makes a great site visit?
For my peeps who have to negotiate new office space in NYC, I've got two words for you: loss factor. It will make you crazy.
Join me and Andrew Chase, commercial real estate broker at Cushman and Wakefield, to discuss negotiating leases, where to find the best deals in NYC (spoiler alert: there aren't any except for one surprise location in Manhattan), how to understand the mythical "loss factor" and usable square footage and how to estimate your space needs for today and tomorrow.
You thought NYC real estate was nuts? Well, you are correct, my friend. Andrew is here to shed some light on what to expect.
Check Andrew Chase out here and get in contact with him here. Tell him Rhea sent you:)
For all of my ED peeps out there. My guest is Kelley Perkins, former ED of the Read Alliance. We share some of our lessons learned about leaving the big job.
If you're thinking about transitioning out, check out this episode for advice about leaving gracefully and setting your successor up for success.
Join me in today's conversation with Thomas Rush, Head of Platform of Consensys. What is blockchain? How can it be used in nonprofit/social enterprise use cases.
For more information, check out Litepaper.
My oh my! Don't miss this episode that is loaded--I mean SUPER-MEGA-LOADED--with amazing tips about marketing, digital story-telling and engaging your online audiences. I'm sitting with Deroy, co-founder of Hyperakt who leads his team of Hyperaktivists in helping social impact orgs tell their stories through beautiful, compelling visuals.
To get hyperaktive, check out: Hyperakt
Some other sites that Deroy likes: Vera Institute of Justice, Outrider and The Pudding
Happy 2019, friends!
In order to start the year off right, I'm chatting with Sarah Olivieri, founder of PivotGround about how to optimize, maximize and do more with less. She discusses great tools and strategies to use when time and resources are limited. Quick note: the audio quality on this is not great, but the content is really worth it! Also, here's where to find Sarah:
Here is a link to a video overview of an Impact Strategy™:
Here is a link to an article on using the accountability chart with a download for the template:
Whether we like it or not, dealing with sticky HR situations is part of the job. Join me as we chat with HR law expert Chip Fournier about best practices in HR and how keep an employee termination from terminating your nonprofit.
Join me as I talk with Jennifer McCrea: writer, speaker, teacher and master fundraiser. What are the blocks that you're putting in the way of your fundraising? How do we help ourselves and others access a mindset of abundance and grace when combining resources? Are you attached or committed to your donors?
For more about Jennifer, please visit: jennifermccrea.com
To get her book, visit: https://amzn.to/2UIbDgt
Salesforce--it's not just a database, it's a lifestyle choice. Join me as we chat with Staci Rice of Idlewild Consulting to discuss how to implement Salesforce to track your outcomes. Take your relationship with data from "it's complicated" to "happily married." You can find Staci and her rockstar team at www.idlewildinc.com
Do budgets, spreadsheets and projections have you running for the hills? Don't be scared! Freda is here to help, especially for those of us who aren't accountants!
Listen to nonprofit finance pro Freda Gimpel about how to understand and present your financials. Don't miss her tips about how to best present financials to your board! For more information about Freda, email her at email@example.com
Just in time for Thanksgiving and #givingtuesday! Join me and this master class with Jane Geever, President of JC Geever. She's been fundraising in New York City for over 40 years and wrote the book on grantwriting (literally!) Tune in to hear some of her insights on foundation fundraising.
For more information on JC Geever, check out jcgeever.com
To purchase the book on grantwriting, visit:
Ok, kids, hold onto your hats because master fundraiser Cleo Cavolo is coming in hot!
She shares with us all of her wisdom that helped her achieve 20% year over year growth, how to talk to your board members about raising money and the future of philanthropy. Don't miss this one!
For more information about Cleo and her firm, check out:
#nonprofit #fundraising #cleoisagenius
I'm joined once again by John Rinaldi to talk about our shared obsession with Marie Kondo. Listen in to how applying The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up can be applied to your nonprofit.
Today's podcast features my guest, John Rinaldi.
As busy executives, have you ever wondered how to find a good admin to turbocharge your impact? What makes for a good relationship with your admin? Tune in with my friend and career administrator, John Rinaldi and learn how to create a beautiful relationship.
Hey folks! In this week's episode, I review The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier. Ever get into the mode of trying to "fix" people by piling on advice and knowledge? How can you help people shift out of their own obstacles for success? As a leader, I believe we can all listen more and talk less:
Get your copy here: https://amzn.to/2CLG5ko
Podcast friends, join me for this tasty snack with the wise and wonderful Lara Galinsky. Have you ever wondered what your unique contribution to this planet will be? Do you know what lights up your soul?
Listen in to help you gain clarity about what your life's purpose is. Lara is a coach, entrepreneur and author.
Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact
Work on Purpose:
On this episode, we talk to Jeff Simmons of Anat Gerstein, the go-to PR and communications agency for nonprofits in New York.
Listen in for
-Free or low-cost ways to drive awareness
-Avoid basic mistakes
-Tips to pitch your nonprofit to the media
"Culture eats strategy for breakfast." -Peter Drucker
Ever wonder how to create positive organizational culture and how to root out negative culture? What about those pockets of dissent? In this week's episode, I review Tribal Leadership and how to intentionally upgrade your culture.
In this podcast, I share interviews with top social entrepreneurs, books, tips, tools and concepts that will help you to excel in the business of nonprofit.
In this episode, I review Who: The A Method for Hiring to help create a process to recruit, screen and hire people better.
Let me know how it goes!
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