Stepping Up, Aside, and Out

Stepping Up

As of July 1, I’m the new Marketing Chair on the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Portland board and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been on the Marketing Committee for the last two or so years, primarily managing the Twitter channel. This group of changemakers has had a significant role in my professional development and I’m thrilled to step up to this new role and continue the work of YNPN Portland.

Stepping Aside

July 1st also brought another role change for me. After being the Marketing & Communications Chair of Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association for three years, I’m stepping aside to make room for new leadership. (I’ll stick around to continue working on social media and the website, though.) NOVAA has been a wonderful environment for me to experiment and engage my many skill sets. The leaders on the board – past and present – have inspired me and I can’t wait to see how the organization continues to grow.

Stepping Out

At the end of June I presented at Devsigner here in Portland. This conference brings together developers and designers for a weekend and I got to share information on training folks with various learning styles and technical skills. The presentation was a challenge for me, as I know very little about the world of development and design, and I truly think I learned more than I shared. I’m grateful to Ivan Boothe of Rootwork who invited me to present, and who I got to know at NTEN‘s 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference where we were both Ignite speakers.

I’m also delighted to be presenting at the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network national conference this August! I hadn’t even planned on attending, but once I met Trish Tchume and Jamie Smith (YNPN staff) and several YNPN chapter leaders from all over the country at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference, I knew I had to find a way to get there. So, long story short, I’ll be co-presenting a session on volunteer engagement within YNPN chapters with fellow YNPN Portland board member, volunteer manager, and friend, Kelsey Stark. Kelsey and I promise lots of cat pictures!

By the way…

Huge thanks to VolunteerMatch for including me – not once, but twice! – on their July experts roundup. The two articles that were featured:

Beyond the Thank You Card: Meaningful volunteer appreciation on the NTEN Connect Blog

What Are Your Volunteers Saying About Your Organization? on the Twenty Hats Blog

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