It's not every day that you get to meet your heroes. I still haven't met mine, but I did get to be a guest on her podcast!
I had the pleasure and honor of joining Joan Garry on a recent episode of "Nonprofits are Messy" to talk about what it's like to be the only staff member of a small nonprofit.
If her name is not familiar, Joan is the former CEO of GLAAD, a regular panelist on NBC's Emmy award-winning show "Give", and a consultant and published author on nonprofit leadership. Joan knows nonprofits!
One of the things that I enjoy most about Joan–apart from her endless wisdom and generous spirit–is her ability to maintain a sense of humor about the nonprofit sector and also remain in absolute awe of the good work we are all trying to do. This feels like a healthy balance to me.
During our podcast conversation, Joan and I covered a lot of ground: elevator pitches, a day in the life of a solo Executive Director, board roles and responsibilities, volunteer engagement and management, and trying to grow when there aren't a lot of resources.
You can stream our episode online, or download it to your mobile device with your preferred podcast app.
And don't stop with that one! Joan has had a lot of amazing guests over the years. Here are just a few of my favorite "Nonprofits are Messy" episodes... (What about incorporating this one into your new board member orientation?)