As someone who never quite considered a career in nonprofit, I decided to sign up hoping to learn more about the nonprofit sector. I walked in thinking “Hey, its always good to learn something new.” Little did I know, I would be apart of an eye-opening experience into the world of the nonprofit sector, learning from some of the best in the industry. In addition to our wonderful panel of speakers, it was wonderful hearing each attendee’s different stories and aspirations for the future. Their questions and input left me speechless as I soon realized that I was definitely in for more than I had expected.
The workshop began with an introduction by Darian Heyman, a tenured nonprofit professional and author of the book “NonProfit Management 101.” He began with an inspirational yet informative take on the common misconceptions about the non-profit sector. Although there may be many passionate people who want to start their own nonprofit, most of the time they are not equipped with the business mindset to officially run it in a way that will build success. As Darian put it, the sector “tends to be over- led and undermanaged”. Additionally, the excessive amount of people starting their own nonprofit organizations leave an overlap in duties within the sector raising the question: Why not join a nonprofit that speaks to you and pursue an executive role? Essentially, everyone needs to work together to build a community that will efficiently move nonprofit success in the right direction.
The various speakers that participated ranged from diverse areas of the nonprofit sector:
This workshop was an intriguing and wonderful experience. The Haas Business School and Darian Heyman did a wonderful job organizing and presenting the event. I can now say that I know more about the nonprofit sector than I ever expected to learn and I couldn’t be happier.
- “I now have a directed frame of mind moving forward. This workshop provided me with useful resources and networking opportunities that I can use in the future.”
Marissa Lee (Junior)
- “The nonprofit workshop helped me realize there are so many more options in the sector. It taught me how to leverage my education and make an impact.”
- “This workshop was a good way for me to apply business skills to the social sector. Little did I know, the social sector is not much different than the profit sector. Organizations like KIVA make us see the potential in the social sector where we can see measureable results because what’s measured can be managed.”
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