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Life on leave: Lessons learned as a new parent

tummytime.jpgTwenty-sixteen has been an incredible year for the Winegar household. In April, my husband and I celebrated a major milestone: We became parents. Our son, Garrett, is pretty awesome (#MomBrag) and he's definitely schooled us when it comes to parenting. There is undoubtedly a steep learning curve as any new parent will tell you, but while on maternity leave, I found there were four lessons I could aptly apply to my professional life, too.

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#AskYNPNTC event recap

On November 18, YNPN-TC hosted its first-ever virtual event, #AskYNPNTC. Young nonprofit pros from across the state--and even the nation!--joined in our day-long conversation by following the hashtag on Twitter. Questions raised by YNPs touched on a range of topics from giving shout-outs to folks doing good, transplants and moving, volunteer recruitment, the nonprofit arts scene, event planning, social media engagement, and literally everything in between (anyone recall the great taco debate?). 

This inaugural conversation was a great success: @ynpntc saw over 28,000 impressions, had 57 retweets, 83 replies, and 133 likes! Huge thanks to everyone who participated, whether you creeped on the hashtag during your work day (admit it, you kept an eye on your social feed), tweeted your questions, or shared your insights and experiences; this event would not have been possible without you.

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What it means to lead

Thinking at sunsetI recently read an article on LinkedIn by Justin Bariso about the downside of being called a leader. At first glance, I thought this was totally counterintuitive. We've all heard the phrase, "Be a leader, not a follower," right? Exactly.

But once I actually read the post, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I agreed with his insight. And a big reason why comes from a resource one of my first bosses shared with me to help us identify how to work well together: StrengthsFinder.

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From Sideline to Frontline: Taking the Plunge

main.jpgIt's hard to believe it was only a year ago that I began volunteering with the YNPN-TC Programming Committee. The truth is, though, that I dabbled with the idea of joining YNPN-TC a lot sooner. I just didn't have the gumption to take the plunge.

I've been working in the nonprofit sector since I graduated from college. Fortunately, the supervisors I've had throughout the years have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to pursue professional development opportunities whenever possible.

The problem was I didn't have a clue where to start looking for these opportunities. So, naturally, I did what anyone would do to find the answer to this question: I Googled it. And when I hit the search button, I got a ton of results, but the top ones featured this group called Young Nonprofit Professionals Network-Twin Cities.

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First-Time Conference Confessions & Lessons Learned

Thanks to our wonderful partners, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, YNPN-TC was able to award 7 scholarships to the Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference on April 10th. One of the lucky scholarship recipients shares her takeaways for our collective edification!

I've been working at Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) for a little over two-and-a-half years now, and on April 10, I reached a notable milestone: My First Conference.

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