In September we will have a speaker from Gilda’s Club, the place where people who have cancer can go (with their families) to get the support they need. She will speak about how to work with families that have a cancer diagnosis. Whether you manage someone who has cancer or someone in your caseload is going through cancer, this is the session for you.
Connecting Coffee You will receive the suite number for the meeting space when you register. Wednesday, September 19, 2012
200 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA Promptly at 9am
As I look to include as many different voices as possible to Connecting Coffee, it seemed like a good time to ask when YOU would like to meet. Making sure that you and your peers are able to attend is a top priority as we look to the future.
The traditional start time is 9am, usually on a midweek day (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday). If you were to tell me you want to meet at 3pm instead, I would certainly make that happen.
Last night we had the first ever Connecting Cocktails. July is a hard time of year to get people to show up for events, so we had a more social event than usual. Connecting Coffees are facilitated discussions where every voice is heard, usually around a specific topic. Although I didn’t get to sit in on all of the conversations, here are some of the things we discussed:
We will absolutely have more evening events. Some people cannot attend the morning sessions. If you know of Center City space that can fit 15-20 people after 5pm, please contact me.
Moving from for-profit to nonprofit: We had a rich discussion on this topic. One person was contemplating a switch and several of us had made the transition already. The consensus was that job satisfaction is really important and nonprofit might (MIGHT) be a way to find more satisfaction.
Career positioning: Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in one job title. A skills-based resume can show your experiences and allow the person reading it to see that you did more than your title suggests. See this link for an example.
Board development: Are the best board members the ones with specific skills (eg: accounting)? Or are they the ones with a passion for your mission who will do everything they can to make sure the agency is successful?
Maybe this is a topic for a future Connecting Coffee?