Kristin is an active member of the community I work in as the Executive Director of the United Way. Her latest venture, GenNext, is an important one; it helps young professionals bring their unique strengths into the world of philanthropy and governance. Imagine if young adults in every industrialized nation gave of their time to an agency where they could make a difference? Now, that would be something…
Here’s what she had to say about GenNext and how it relates to strengths-based leadership.
1. How does a program like GenNext help young professional learn about and tap into their strengths?
GenNext is a team of young people in their 20’s and 30’s who are committed to giving back to their community in new and diverse ways. Our GenNext supports the Brant United Way and our funded agencies through volunteering, giving and action. GenNext is learning about the issues in our community, and exploring and participating in different to volunteer opportunities.
In April, GenNext is hosting a session with a goal to inform and inspire young professionals to volunteer at the leadership level as a board member on a local non-profit board of directors. There will be a panel discussion and facilitated networking event. We hope this will help young professionals identify their strengths they have to offer and further explore volunteering in a more senior role.
2. How can sitting on a board of directors support leaders’ growth?
Sitting on a Board can strengthen the professional skills you have (e.g., accounting, human resources, legal, finance, social service) and develop others (working as a team, risk management, communication, knowledge of issues and the community). It helps you to develop your critical thinking and exposes you to other volunteer leaders in our community.
4. When you think about leaders that have been mentors and role models to you, what were some of their most notable strengths?
They were caring leaders, whose kindness was paramount. They were passionate and lead with great conviction. They lead by example.
5. If you had to recommend one or two books on governance or non-profit sector, what would you suggest?
Two great ones are:
- Doing Good Even Better by Edgar Stoesz
- Charity Case, How the NonProfit Community Can stand up for Itself and Really Change the World by Dan Pallotta
Thanks Kristen! Looking forward to joining you at the GenNext event!