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Nonprofit Optimist

May 29, 2017

Jennifer Smith, founder of Black Butterfly Chicago, shares her experience of starting a nonprofit-- what to expect, who to involve and how to keep perspective. This is a great interview for people interested in starting nonprofits or in the beginning stages because there's lots of advice that you'll appreciate and/or...


May 23, 2017

Speaking from the viewpoint of an active board member, Dr. Emily Richardson shares what makes the Nanubhai Education Foundation board function so well. Their board members and staff are committed to staying connected to their mission and the diverse perspectives present on their board make their discussion...


May 15, 2017

 As the chair of a relatively new Young Professionals Board, Sharon Holdvogt gave great insight into what she has learned in managing, recruiting and building this board. This is a great episode for anyone seriously considering adding a young professionals (or auxillary/associates board) to their support structure....


May 9, 2017

Laura Ng, executive director of Traffick Free, shares great tips on how to get started with a nonprofit organization. From the importance of gathering information to what kinds of boards to put in place, Laura gives encouragement, realistic advice and funny anecdotes along the way! She shares how collaboration,...


May 2, 2017

As the only person on the Global Glimpse staff in the Chicago area, Jamelyn has found creative ways to build community and optimize her work. Intentional choices on where and how to work have led to a more efficient and fulfilling working experience. Chock full of practical suggestions that can help people in any size...