“Women in CEO positions, and the C Suite in general, in the non-profit and the for-profit world, need an enormous amount of cultural and institutional work, in the perceptions that people have and in the practices organizations have about women’s leadership.”


About This Episode

On this inaugural episode of Season 1 of the Social Change Diaries podcast, Ana Oliveira offers practical advice, and the wisdom of a sage, about thought leadership for women who are working in the nonprofit sector. Her profound understanding of the sector, candid insights about how women can best professionally support women and the secret for raising money as leaders, makes this a must listen interview.

About Ana Oliveira

Ana Oliveira is the President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation. Her efforts on behalf of women and girls are legendary. Since 2006, Ana has led the increase of NYWF’s grantmaking to organizations from $1.7M to $7.6M distributed annually. Focusing on economic security, safety and health, in 30 years, the Foundation has distributed over $58M to 371 organizations. Ana has also served as co-chair of The New York City Council Speaker’s Young Women’s Initiative and is a Commissioner for the NYC Commission on Human Rights. She sits on the Independent Commission to Study Criminal Justice Reform in New York City and is on the board of Philanthropy New York. She has held key roles as a CEO of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, at the Osborne Association, and at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center Substance Abuse Clinic.

In her words…

“Organizations are imperfect. If you are in a situation that does not value your thoughts, your ideas, your contributions- that’s probably not the right situation. It’s better to give up on the situation than to give up on yourself, because there will be another situation that will value you.”

“I like to talk about power as the ability to create in the world what I want to see in the world. Not power over people – power with people, to create the change you want to see.”

“When looking for donors and raising money, it’s easy to lose oneself. However, when you show people the way and help create a sense of community around making a difference, the money will follow. Don’t perpetuate a paradigm of scarcity. Work together with other organizations and act in a place of abundance.”

Questions Answered on this Episode

  • How can I tell if my organization is potentially open to my thought leadership?
  • How do we prepare women to contribute their voices to shape the future?
  • How has your vision and thinking changed over the years?
  • What are your thoughts on the competitive New York non-profit sector for women?
  • What prevents women from becoming thought leaders?
  • What does Radical Generosity look like and what is its impact?
  • Are there any shifts in the culture you would like to see by 2020?
  • When do you feel most vulnerable in your work?

Heads up listeners! 

In honor of the launch of our podcast, we are doing a contest! One lucky winner will be awarded registration to our She Roars Master Class. If you aren’t already familiar with She Roars, it’s our online thought leadership training program for women in nonprofits. For 8 weeks, you will spend time with Vanessa and other agents of change in the nonprofit community, working to build YOUR thought leadership platform.

All you have to do to win:

  1. Subscribe to the Social Change Diaries podcast on iTunes (link above)
  2. Leave a review on iTunes letting us know what you thought of episode 1, or suggestions for topics for future seasons
  3. Take a screenshot of the review
  4. Email the screenshot to podcast@thewakemanagency.com

The winner be announced November 15th and enrolled in our spring 2018 Master Class program. To learn more about She Roars, click here.

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