Learning to Lead: Jodi Benenson

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I attended my first YNPN Boston event on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 6 pm at Boston University’s School of Management, Room 416. The YNPN Boston leadership team team was looking to recruit new members to its board, and I was interested in connecting with a nonprofit community in Boston. I had moved to Boston a year earlier from the Twin Cities, and I was searching for my local nonprofit people. I was familiar with the YNPN chapter in Minnesota, and hoped to find the same passion for nonprofit organizations in Boston.

After attending that first event, it became clear that these people might, in fact, be my people. The enthusiasm in Room 416 was contagious, and it was clear that the YNPN Boston’s leadership cared deeply about the organization’s mission and about professional development for emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector.

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Learning to Lead: Andrew Dunckelman

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Boston is not the easiest place to make friends. I moved here from Louisiana, and initially found it challenging to navigate the social scene. I relied pretty heavily on YNPN Boston resources, including its listserv and social media channels, to learn about professional opportunities and networking events.

About a year into my time in Boston, I joined the YNPN Boston board as its Treasurer. I was working at a large nonprofit consulting firm, and I was feeling disconnected from the day-to-day work and impact of the nonprofit sector. My time on the YNPN Boston board helped me connect to my new home town and understand the local nonprofit sector better.

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Learning to Lead: Rachel Park

ynpn_learningtolead_web_rPark.pngBefore YNPN Boston, I didn’t consider myself a networker or connector, and I hadn’t reflected much on long-term career goals. My two-year term as an ambassador on the Communications & Marketing team changed all of that by introducing me to peer mentorship, career development, and a support network.

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#npsquadgoals Challenge #2: Build your leadership skills

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Nonprofit Squad Goals is a regular series of challenges to help you tackle your professional development goals in small, bite-sized pieces throughout the year. We’ll offer advice and give you a platform to network with other young nonprofit professionals who have committed to making 2016 the best year yet for their careers. You can join the challenge and share your journey by using the hashtag #npsquadgoals.

In our 2015 Young Nonprofit Professional survey, 93% of you told us that building leadership skills is crucial to your professional growth. Now, we dare you to take action by joining our second challenge of the year: Build Your Leadership Skills!

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YNPN Boston Leadership Team Open House

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Networking...It's Complicated

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