Tips for Leveling Up: Part 1



In July 2015, we sought answers to that “what’s next” question with our Leveling Up professional development event. How does someone with a few years under their belt leverage their connections, skills and experience into their next great role?

We gathered for an evening of answers, ideas, and discussion with Jackie Hanselmann Sergi and Melanie Damm of Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm dedicated to placing exceptionally talented leadership at nonprofit organizations. Jackie and Melanie gave us a better understanding of how to position ourselves for success, and the next step in the career of our dreams. Check out our Storify for a tweet-by-tweet recap.

After the event, we realized we still had so many questions! We followed up with with Melanie and Jackie who were gracious enough to answer a few lingering questions. In fact, we got such fantastic information, we’re creating a 3-part blog series out of it. Welcome to Part 1!

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Putting "Lean" into Action for Nonprofits


"Lean" expert Matt Horvat shared how to manage work more effectively at YNPN's professional development event on October 15th. Thanks to Matt, and to TaborSpace for providing our event space!


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Board Member Spotlight: Kevin Kennedy

Meet Kevin Kennedy

Tell us what you do: I work at the nonprofit as the Grad Fair Manager. I’m responsible for planning and logistics to help connect civic-minded individuals with graduate degree programs to further their work in the public sector. My work culminates by bringing together thousands of individuals and hundreds of grad school representatives together at an Idealist Grad Fair. In the fall I embark on a cross-country tour bringing the fairs to 10 different cities.

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Event Recap - YNPN: The Next Chapter

"You don't have to be an executive director to be a change agent."

- Trish Tchume, YNPN National Director

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Welcome New Board Members!

We're proud to introduce five new members to the YNPN Portland board!

These new board members will play an integral role in continuing YNPN Portland’s ongoing success, as well as governance systems, best practices for marketing and programming, strategic planning for the group’s priorities, and a focus on meaningful sustainability to carry the group into the future.

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Organization Spotlight - Idealist

Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Idealist connects 100,000 people and 90,000 organizations every day with nonprofit job, internship, volunteer, and action opportunities all over the world.

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Organization Spotlight - World Pulse

Organization Name: World Pulse

Organization Mission: We use digital media to lift and unite women’s voices to accelerate their impact for the world.

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Partner Spotlight - Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Organization Name: Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Organization Mission: The mission of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon is to strengthen the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofits to enrich the lives of all Oregonians.

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Organization Spotlight - SOLVE

Organization Name: SOLVE

Organization Mission: SOLVE brings Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.

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Organization Spotlight - TaborSpace

In an effort to build community and open up the beautiful, historic Mt Tabor Church building as a resource for the neighborhood, TaborSpace was founded by church members and neighbors of the Mt. Tabor area. After being closed for 40 years, the doors to the original bell tower and entrance into the new coffee house opened on June 23rd 2009 and marked the beginning of what is now becoming a thriving grassroots community center.

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