Shirley Chisholm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” As the founder of a social change agency, I have often found myself not only bringing the chair, but the table too, to conversations and spaces in which I advocate for the nonprofits we serve.
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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.
Nonprofit organizations have financial audits conducted annually, but when was the last time your organization had a crisis drill, or simulation, to assess its ability to effectively manage a crisis? The answer is likely never, and that’s not advisable.
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.
You’ve read our She Roars emails, you’ve shared your thoughts, and you may have pledged your commitment to bringing your thought leadership to the world, and now, it all comes down to this: the moment when you decide whether to sit on the sidelines, or leap head first into building your Thought Leadership Platform.
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