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A New Year’s Tradition: 100 Mini-Goals

Whether you are for or against New Year’s Resolutions, there’s no doubt that the New Year can bring a breath of fresh air and energy to redefine or realign your priorities.

For the last couple of years, I’ve embraced a practice that works really well for me, a practice that pushes me beyond resolutions, which […]

By |January 19th, 2016|Enlivening|0 Comments

Office housework: Do it or Don’t Do it? 

Don’t do office housework. So says Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. Sounds simple, right? Until you realize that it’s not getting done and then you are living and working in a big mess. Office housework, according to Sandberg and Grant, work that includes taking meeting notes, volunteering for committees, training colleagues, and other administrative […]

By |January 14th, 2016|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on Office housework: Do it or Don’t Do it? 

When Friendships Break Up

Sometimes friends drift away. Sometimes friends grow apart. But other times, friends break up. I wish someone had told me about this phenomenon in my twenties, a time of transitions, transience, and choices that often result in changing friendships.

When someone pulls back from a friendship unexpectedly, it can be heartbreaking. Suddenly, your buddy is […]

By |January 8th, 2016|Enlivening|Comments Off on When Friendships Break Up

5 Lessons Learned from Cara Willis

In the tradition of honoring close colleagues, it was time to celebrate Cara Willis as she leaves Opportunity Nation and Be the Change after a remarkable six years. She is the master of advance, the mistress of social media, and the mastermind behind the Opportunity Nation Summits. She does the work of at least […]

By |December 21st, 2015|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on 5 Lessons Learned from Cara Willis

Your Weekend Guide to Watching Sports and Fighting Rape

Every week there seems to be a new story about a professional athlete accused of sexual violence. You don’t need to look far to find multiple examples in the NBA, NFL, or NHL. You can read about fans’ responses here, here, and here. Despite these reactions and even broader public outcry, sports viewership remains […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Sexual Violence|Comments Off on Your Weekend Guide to Watching Sports and Fighting Rape

Not My Problem: Grantmakers and Sexual Violence

Despite increasing attention to various aspects of sexual violence ranging from serial perpetrators like Bill Cosby, unacceptably high rates of sexual violence on college campuses, and clergy sexual abuse, the philanthropy community remains remarkably silent on this issue. Fewer than 35 foundations list sexual assault victim services or sexual abuse as an area of […]

By |December 11th, 2015|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on Not My Problem: Grantmakers and Sexual Violence

A Mindful Approach to Mindfulness

The world is on a mindfulness kick, and that’s a good thing. We’re talking about it in the media, even on publications like the Harvard Business Review. Employers and health experts alike are making the case for more mindfulness in our day-to-day life – and people are finally starting to pay attention.

What does an […]

By |November 3rd, 2015|Enlivening|Comments Off on A Mindful Approach to Mindfulness

8 Tips for Networking like an Introvert

On the outside, I don’t look like an introvert at all. I spent nearly 15 years as a frontline fundraiser, and have logged thousands of calls and meetings with people I don’t know. I’m constantly putting myself out there, whether through The Enliven Project’s infographic that was heard around the world, or by sharing […]

By |October 28th, 2015|Enlivening|Comments Off on 8 Tips for Networking like an Introvert

Top 10 Tips for Building a Culture of Development

This list was first presented with Kevin Flynn, Commongood Careers, as a part of the 2015 Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Conference.

Respect the Craft: A strong development professional is bringing skills, knowledge and expertise to the table. Always try to understand and learn from it, even when it goes against your instincts and comfort zone.

 

You Can’t […]

By |October 21st, 2015|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on Top 10 Tips for Building a Culture of Development

Sexual Violence and the Millennial Agenda

It should not require an act of bravery to tell a room full of people that I’m a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. In fact, one out of four women and one out of six men shares a story like mine. Sexual violence costs our country more than any other crime, and a […]

By |October 13th, 2015|Sexual Violence|Comments Off on Sexual Violence and the Millennial Agenda