Friday, September 25, 2009

Independent Sector Conference & Future Lab

Last year I attended the Independent Sector's annual conference and had a blast! This year the IS Conference is offering a wide array of opportunities for emerging leaders and established leaders alike.

The fab staff at IS e-mailed me this description to put up on my blog to promote the conference.

Our society is changing rapidly and in unexpected ways, and we need young leaders to be part of an open conversation to help us all shape a more desirable 2020 for our organizations and the communities we serve.

Check out two new opportunities from Independent Sector to join that discussion:

  • Independent Sector has just launched FutureLab: An Online Challenge for the Nonprofit Community to Chart a Vibrant 2020, a forum to share big ideas and identify common goals that will strengthen our organizations and expand our individual and combined impact. Join the online challenge to offer your ideas and get feedback from peers while contributing to the sector’s collective thinking. The ideas generated by FutureLab will be further explored at the IS Annual Conference, held in partnership with the Council of Michigan Foundations November 4-6.
  • The NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now program, free to those attending the conference, provides an exceptional opportunity to enhance your professional networks, build your leadership skills, and contribute to these expansive conversations about future of the nonprofit community. Add your voice with more than 150 talented under-40 nonprofit leaders who will attend the conference in Detroit this year. Visit the IS website to view the NGen schedule, learn more about this diverse group of leaders, and register for the conference.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Its not that I don't want to write....but

I always look forward to the summer. I plan on that being a time to rest, rejuvenate, and get a lot done. However, what actually ends up happening is I take on way too many projects and I get very overwhelmed and burned out.

This is exactly what happened to me this past summer. However, something else happened too, I learned about my limits and my true values. For many people that are in tune with themselves this might seem trivial but for me it was huge. It was hard for me to realize that as much as my nonprofit work is my passion, I can't have it be all consuming.

So this fall as I move into the busy season, I'm actually relieved that it is shaping up to be calmer than the summer because I'm saying no to things for the first time in my life. I'm spending more time with my family and I'm actually taking days off.

This is what brings me to my blog. In the past my blog was very much a part of my overachieving nature. I worked hard to write posts on a regular basis and keep up with the latest nonprofit trends. I just can't do that any more.

My family, school, and work are taking precedence right now. I'll continue to write posts but on a sporadic basis and I hope that you'll continue to utilize the resources and links on this site.

Thanks for reading!!