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How I learned about power

main2.jpgFighting for a position to fight for people that need a better position is a real… well, fight. And, I don’t know how to do this. I don’t know all the questions to ask to move my organization’s mission forward. Or how best I can implement the ideas from the answers I come up with. I need others’ perspectives to understand what’s right, and to make sure what I am doing isn’t wrong. I need all the help I can get and I get the best tools for helping others from working with others. This is what I was hoping for when I applied for the YNPN-TC scholarship to the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2016 Nonprofit Essentials Conference, and this is what I experienced in spades.

As a fairly recent graduate and one of the newest additions to the local world of nonprofits, I am not wealthy. However, I do have a certain relationship to power that I didn’t have as a little kid in a working-poor family in South Minneapolis. Today, I have a role and an opportunity that I never imagined I’d have. I am an idealist at heart, but I understand the demand for practicality. I think this tension was masterfully named by the event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Vanjelis Ngwa in his deep exploration into the subtleties of power.

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How the nonprofit essentials conference could have changed your life

Why should you attend a conference related to work that you aren’t required to attend you might ask? Give me ten minutes and I’ll tell you!

I attended the Nonprofit Essentials conference hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits back in August with a scholarship from YNPN and the experience proved to be invaluable to me.

You never know who you’re going to meet anywhere in life, but especially at an MCN conference. I connected with so many people who showed up in other parts of my life but I never really got to know before. Case in point: I spent a good chunk of the day with one of my coworkers, from a different department, who I’d never really talked to before. Our discussions about the two conferences we attended together really got me thinking about my day-to-day work, what I truly enjoy, and how I can partner with her department more to not only be more effective but also have more fun at work!

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Vision Board...of Directors

Vision boards. 50-year-old moms spend days, WEEKS, piecing together giant collages of images and quotes soon after they experience their (probably first of many) mid-life crisis. When you notice her heading “off to cake decorating class” or investing in a $6,000 road bike, or dying a half-inch strand of hair orange, she has probably made a vision board. Mom captures her life’s purpose in magazine clippings on a bulletin board (which she stole from your brother’s room) and feels the motivation bubbling as she passes by its home on the kitchen wall. Maybe she’ll go sky-diving today. Thanks, Oprah.

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