In 2013, YNPN Atlanta saw some TREMENDOUS growth! It was a packed year that led to meaningful connections, increased professional development, and some great new partnerships for our chapter. Here are a few highlights:
- Entering January, 2013, the YNPN Atlanta Board of Directors more than doubled in size, creating a strong leadership body ready to take on new challenges.
The 2013 Board of Directors accomplished an immense amount of work, including a strategic planning session mid-year and engagement in the new Chapter Congress process implemented by YNPN National. The YNPN Atlanta committees also grew to accommodate the increased programming in 2013, allowing more members to have an in-depth, career-building, volunteer experience.
- 2013 was the first year YNPN Atlanta presented a full slate of programming for networking hours and professional development. Memorable events included our State of Fundraising Roundtable which featured a panel of philanthropic experts, Perfect Your Elevator Pitch where we learned to speak with intention about ourselves and our organizations, Update Your LinkedIn Profile with social media advice and free professional headshots, Financial Planning for Nonprofit Professionals where attendees received excellent personal finance advice from authorities in the field, and fun networking opportunities like our Speed Networking, Business Card Bingo, and a fun Holiday Happy Hour at Game-X.
Our year started with a great service project on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day when YNPN Atlanta partnered with the Anti-Defamation League and the Alliance Theatre for the annual No Place for Hate Summit by providing volunteers to work with high school students creating a meaningful dialogue on bullying and discrimination.
In May 2013, our first cohort for the YNPN Atlanta Mentorship Program completed their 9 month program with a fun luncheon at The Livingston. Our second cohort launched in October 2013, with nine new pairs of mentors and mentees engaging in a thoughtful, strategic relationship.
- YNPN Atlanta was thrilled to partner with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits for their annual Nonprofit Summit, including the creation of the inaugural Nonprofit Leaders 30 Under 30 Awards which recognizes emerging leaders statewide for their contributions to the nonprofit sector.
- The first annual NextGen Breakfast was a huge success! Thanks to MailChimp’s generosity, this sold-out event gave attendees the opportunity to create relationships with established nonprofit community leaders while listening to some great career advice from Alicia Philipp, President of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
As 2013 came to a close, YNPN Atlanta’s increased footprint was obvious – with almost 200 members, 15+ networking and professional development events, and new relationships with organizations such as the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, YNPN Atlanta is set for some truly influential work in 2014 under the helm of incoming board chair Molly Friesenborg and her leadership team.
It has truly been an honor serving as the Board Chair for YNPN Atlanta the past three years. I believe in the transformative power of our young professionals working together to create a more vibrant and impactful nonprofit sector in Metro Atlanta, and through our members I see that happening every day. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn so much from all of you!
Founding Chair, Board of Directors
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