We love planning galas. Galas allow us to combine all of our organizational strengths – strategy, creativity and execution- while also giving us an opportunity to stretch and grow, as we try new things.
This question was the tipping point for my thought leadership. It was not until I answered that question, that I was able to get clear about my how I wanted to show up in the world. You see, I have always been an expert at being in service to others. I’m guessing as someone that chose to be in the nonprofit sector, an industry built on being in service to others, you, too, are great at it.
If you’ve been reading my emails over the past couple of months, then you know how strongly I feel about helping to develop more women thought leaders in the nonprofit sector. But, the question I probably haven’t answered yet is why you really need to be a thought leader now. So here are 5 very simple yet persuasive reasons why you do, even if you don’t know it yet.
In August, I made my way to France for a writing residency, to work on my book about my favorite topic: thought leadership for women. I was so excited to be there, away from work, away from my day-to-day distractions. I just wanted to write. This book is the next step in my thought leadership journey but more importantly, it’s the resource that I want women to have.
Next month, I’ll be speaking at Hive’s Global Leadership Conference, about thought leadership for women in social change. I’m excited to present my framework for thought leadership, but even more important to hear from women about how they want to use their expertise and voices to change the world.
A few years ago I attended a fundraiser hosted by a board member of a local nonprofit. I attended the gathering because the passion and mission shared by the board member really made me feel like it was something I would want to be a part of. There were about 30 people in attendance; the majority of us had no connection to the organization and were there to learn more about their work.