How to Set Professional Goals Like a Champ

by Kathleen M. O'Donnell and Tammy A. Barnes, YNPNdc Volunteers - Setting goals is a required part of many nonprofit jobs, but the act of goal planning can go beyond just checking some boxes. Professional fulfillment comes in many forms, and thinking carefully about your goals will help you figure out how to get the most out of your career and where you may want to go next.  In addition to helping you move forward, goals also help contextualize and measure your progress along the way. Don’t forget to take time to reflect regularly on where you started; your original goals become mile markers of your career journey. Here are some things to consider while crafting your goals for the new year. Continue reading

Support nonprofits by giving back this holiday season

Those of us who work in the nonprofit sector know how important volunteering and fundraising can be to the success of our organizations. Of course, it can be difficult to dedicate time or resources to something other than your own work and family this time of year, but it’s critical so that our fellow nonprofits can succeed in their important missions. Here’s a quick reminder of the ways you can give back before setting your sights on the new year. Continue reading

Member Spotlight - Meet Diane Hsiung

Diane Hsiung serves YNPNdc as an Inner Circles Coordinator, where she develops programming and leads discussions for YNPNdc’s peer conversations series, Inner Circles. Outside of her Inner Circles responsibilities, she’s a Membership Services Associate at the Association of Community College Trustees. A New York native that now calls DC home, Diane is described as a dedicated professional with a secret flair for all things monarch. We asked Diane a few questions about what inspired her to work in the nonprofit sector and join YNPNdc. Check out her answers below, and be sure to say hello at our next Inner Circles! Continue reading

Member Spotlight - Meet Carson Rolleri

Carson Rolleri serves YNPNdc as a Communications Manager. Described as a complexity buster with an empathetic attitude, she grew up in Doylestown, PA, before moving to Washington, DC. Outside of YNPNdc, she works at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), where she builds social media strategy, coordinates the creation of ASCO's member magazine, and assists with communications for the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO. We asked Carson a few questions about what inspired her to join YNPNdc. Continue reading

Four Takeaways From the 2017 YNPN National Conference

I discovered the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network while pursuing options for my employer-supported professional development activities. Diving in head first, I attended the 2017 YNPN National Conference, “Leading Through Change.” Over the course of two summer days, conference attendees descended upon Atlanta to experience thought leadership and motivation from some of the best and brightest in the nonprofit sector. The conference inspired me to get involved with the DC chapter and as I start out on my own YNPN journey, I’m keeping in mind a few of the things I learned in Atlanta. Continue reading

Member Spotlight - Meet Kevin Jacobs

Kevin Jacobs serves on YNPNdc’s Board of Directors as the organization’s Chairman. Outside of his responsibilities of leading YNPNdc, he’s a lead member engagement analyst at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Described as a motivator and empathetic, he’s most passionate about the environment, individual rights, and social justice. We asked Kevin a few questions about what inspired him to join YNPNdc. Check out his answers below, and be sure to say hello at our next event! Continue reading

Member Spotlight - Meet Malika Moore

Malika Moore is a social worker who serves on YNPNdc’s Board of Directors as Managing Director. Her wide-reaching career in the nonprofit sector includes experience in youth/young adult mentorship, homelessness, family preservation, geriatric care management, group work, and psychotherapy. With a passion for motivational and public speaking, she believes in the importance of serving and elevating others. Born in Texas and raised in Alabama, her favorite thing to do in DC is to take a nighttime stroll through the National Mall. We asked Malika a few questions about what inspired her to join YNPNdc. Check out her answers below, and be sure to say hello at our next event! Continue reading

What Does It Mean to Be a YNPNdc Member?

When I first attended a YNPNdc plug-in event (essentially an orientation on what YNPNdc is all about) in the fall of 2014, I envisioned a network that would not only offer me professional development opportunities but that would connect me to a community of like-minded professionals who could provide me with the support I severely lacked in my professional realm. During that initial introduction, I was astounded by the level of excitement exhibited by these YNPNdc leaders – leaders who had similar education and professional experience as my own but who volunteered their free time to provide a network of support and guidance for those nonprofit professionals who may be feeling lost in the greater Washington, D.C. region. One of those leaders happened to be our current Board Chair, Marie LeBlanc. She was a co-chair on the Membership Engagement Committee at the time and encouraged me to attend an upcoming YNPNdc Speed Networking event. I attended that event, perfected my elevator speech and learned some tricks for active listening. But more than that I made a friend – an actual connection with another young professional in my field. Continue reading

Starting Fresh: New Year, New Career Goals

Welcome to 2017! It’s hard to believe that another new year has already begun. As we look ahead, it’s exciting to think that all opportunities, challenges, and decision points for 2017 are still ahead of us – in this moment, anything is possible! The new year is a great time to dedicate an hour to reflecting about your career journey and development over the past year, and to think about goals for the year ahead. As we all know, nonprofit professionals are particularly prone to burnout, and reflection can help us remain centered and focused on why we chose to become change-makers. As Einstein said, "action without reflection leads to burnout, reflection without action leads to cynicism.” Here are some questions to consider as you reflect on the past year and the year ahead: Continue reading

Reflecting on 2016 and Planning for the Future

Dear YNPNdc members, It’s been a busy month for YNPNdc and for our country. Earlier this month, we elected a new president after a campaign season that was emotionally draining, painful, and divisive for many Americans. Now, more than ever, the nonprofit sector will play a critical role in serving the common good, empowering and supporting underserved communities, protecting our environment, and uniting communities that seem more divided than ever before. YNPNdc values leadership, community, diversity, and inclusion and remains committed to upholding those values as we support all emerging nonprofit professionals in greater Washington. Continue reading