Category Archives: Being At Work

We all need to do better in our team meetings.

Okay, let’s get into this. I have a bit of a confession.

When I first started working, I absolutely LOVED meetings. They were my chance to hear from folks higher up the chain about what the heck was going on at my org! Plus, I wasn’t that busy at the time.

4 years later & everything’s changed. I’m a seasoned grump that has way too much on her plate, which means I’m dodging calendar invites like Leon from the Matrix. If that’s his name. Is that his name?

Anyways.

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How to Leverage Your Impostor Syndrome

Let’s talk about impostor syndrome, gang. Because although this blog is constantly offering advice about how to do well….like most, your girl suffers with this one from time to time!

Impostor syndrome, for those who don’t know, is a phenomenon driven by feelings of failure, inadequacy or incompetence. Psychology Today describes it as “a pattern of behavior where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.”

What makes impostor syndrome different from your average unconfidence (inconfidence? disconfidence??) is that it even happens to folks with a track record of being awesome. Imagine the smartest person you know confessing they feel like a fake, and you get the idea.

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How to Create an Intake Process for Staff Requests (Pt 2)

Have you ever spent unnecessary time on a request, all because you & your colleagues weren’t on the same page? *raises hand*

It’s not a great feeling! But that’s what happens when you don’t organize those requests early on. If you write content for your org, create reports, build lists, or do anything that requires even the slightest bit of niche expertise….let’s chat.

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My Nonprofit Story: Part 1 of Who Knows How Many

The nonprofit sector has been holding me against my will for the past 14 years.

You know how they say every joke has some kernel of truth? Well that’s true here! I’ve tried getting out of the nonprofit sector two times already. I can’t shake it, you guys.

The first time was during my senior year of college. By that point, I’d held 5 internships with 5 nonprofit organizations for over 5 summers. I also had a nonprofit work-study job, a 4 year stint with a local org doing client advocacy  work (by teaching people how to ask the right questions).

It was a great gig, and I grew a ton in that time. But my resume – and upcoming student debt – seemed to scream one crystal-clear message: I should try going making tons of money.

And the nonprofit gods had their fun with that one, because what inevitably happened was two-fold. For one, I didn’t get many interviews with the fancy schmancy consulting firms. Apparently years of nonprofit work didn’t impress (or maybe I was doing it wrong. I’ve learned a lot about job hunting since then.)

But more importantly, the majority of jobs i was looking at didn’t interest me at all. Unbeknownst to me, I had cultivated this requirement to work for a place with a higher purpose…but I had no idea it was going to drive me back to those nonprofit job boards.

That was the first time I tried leaving. The second time is more significant.

A few days before graduation, I landed a great role with a national organization. I was on their fundraising operations team, with a lovable crew of funny, sarcastic, charismatic fundraisers. I got to pull my introvert hat all the way down by getting lost in the world of spreadsheets, data and Salesforce.

But over the course of 2 years, watching these professionals do their thing sparked my own curiosity! I was intrigued by the limelight that fundraisers seemed to attract, and while I loved ops, I needed to know if relationship management was something I’d enjoy doing just as much.

So when it came time to leave my org, I decided to aim for B2B sales roles. (I know. Writing that felt gross for me, too.)

I went through rounds of applications and interviews with different tech companies. (BTW, job hunting is hard. But if you can get clear on what you want out of your next job, you’ll be amazed at the confidence and resilience you feel doing that tough work).

I ultimately got an offer for a startup that sounded like a great fit, doing work I found interesting, with a likeable team. But it was a giant paycut, to do work that I knew would be grueling, in the most expensive city in the world. And it wasn’t even with a nonprofit! After lots of agonizing, I declined and hoped I was worth more than that.

My last week at my old job, I got wind of a role that sounded too good to be true – a relationship manager role that had me working directly with nonprofits instead of businesses. AND oh cruel irony…it was at a nonprofit organization.

Fast forward 3 weeks and I had the job I didn’t even know I was looking for.

The story doesn’t end there. It’s still very much going. But I’ll leave it here, because the amount of growth that’s happened in these recent years is something I’d need a whole blog to cover.

What’s your story? Share it in the comments!

How to Pick Your Battles at Work (Without Burning Bridges)


Working for a nonprofit organization, you learn how to pick and choose your battles.

There are the small ones, like deciding if you should say something to your teammate about their less-than-stellar proofreading. Or sending that email about keeping the office microwave clean!

But as you get further in your career, bigger battles fall onto your lap. You might find yourself convincing your org to implement new system, proposing a shift in how your org executes its mission, or even moral conversations around diversity and ethics.

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