Does anyone like watching themselves on video? I certainly do not.

But I recently recorded three videos with Idealist for their series on leadership. You can hear me talk about:

  • The difference between leadership and management [YouTube]
  • Professional development strategies for young leaders [YouTube]
  • Tips for...

I was recently asked by my alma mater, the University of Chicago, if they could interview me to talk about my time at the U of C and any advice I had for people interested in a career in the nonprofit sector.

In the interview, I talk about:

  • How I found my way into the nonprofit sector
  • What it taught me about being Type A
  • Why the future of change is swarms


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Earlier this month I had the privilege of sitting on a panel for Idealist Careers on the topic of careers in nonprofit communications. If you're not following what Idealist Careers has been up to on their blog, then you're missing out.

Even as a participant I learned a lot from this panel. In our conversation, we talked about our personal paths to nonprofit communications, the...

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This week I had the chance to talk about millennial leadership in the nonprofit sector with Todd Greer, the Executive Director of the Synervision Leadership Foundation. He's been putting together an excellent series of Google Hangouts with thought leaders working in various facets of social impact and the nonprofit sector and I was thrilled to get to be a part of it.

Todd asked...


As you may have seen from my ecstatic tweets and Facebook posts, I was recently hired on full-time at YNPN. As a participant in their fellowship program over the last six months, I've been able to be part of their important work to strengthen the nonprofit sector. I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to do that work full-time!

YNPN's National Director and my boss and colleague Trish Tchume wrote a post to commemorate the...


I recently read about a fundraiser held by the Houston Center for Literacy that qualified as an Idea Worth Stealing. Instead of the usual gala or cocktail reception, the organization held a spelling bee to raise funds for their work ($200,000 in funds, to be exact).

But it wasn't the amount raised that caught my attention. In the article I read...


Last weekend I spoke to the attendees of the State Bar of Texas Local Bar Leaders Conference about how and whether their local bar organizations could benefit from social media. I think social media can benefit almost any organization, with one caveat: you have to have the time and motivation to do it right.

My presentation focused on how to approach social media if you've never used it on behalf of an organization before. It has some...


Inspired by LinkedIn's new volunteer marketplace, I recently wrote a post advising organizations seeking help on some of the best practices for working with skilled volunteers. Now I have some tips for those who want to be pro bono pros.

  • Know what you want from the experience. Are you looking to add pieces to your portfolio? Make...

This week LinkedIn launched a new volunteer marketplace where nonprofit organizations can post volunteer opportunities. In addition to board positions and program opportunities, LinkedIn is encouraging organizations to solicit pro bono help from experts in marketing, web development, and even...

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This blog post by the Make-A-Wish Foundation is a touching and effective way to dispel the myth that they only help children who are terminally ill. It's also a great example of nonprofit communications that help people better understand what exactly an organization does while driving home the impact of their work.

Inspired by the Make-A-Wish...