The Stairway to Career Heaven


Yep, that’s me up there. I could have never predicted that my path would have taken this turn, but I am incredibly thankful that it did. You see, about three years ago I made a decision to change my life forever. I had spent two years working in child welfare. I was tired. I was sick. I needed a change­ desperately. Like many of my colleagues I decided to study my buns off and earn some fancy letters to scribble after my last name. But that wasn’t enough. I craved more from my career, and more from myself. I explored several paths, but after working for a city agency for one year serving the nonprofit sector I knew that I was destined to inspire change. Change in the way we nonprofits do business, change in the way that we think about service, and change in the way that the world views the critical work we provide to individuals and communities.

I was fortunate to have mentors that empowered, encouraged, and challenged me to do more than I ever believed I could accomplish. I am so very thankful that a dear colleague and mentor told me about her experience with YNPN Denver’s Elevate program. I listened to her testimony, investigated the opportunities , and made the decision to apply. The program was geared specifically towards someone like me. Someone that had made a decision to change their life, change their career, and take the bull by the horns and try to change the way nonprofits think about leadership. I was challenged not only by the material, but also forced to face my leadership strengths and opportunities for development head­on.

I’m glad I stepped up to the challenge. My experience with Elevate allowed me to learn, network, and eventually interview (and accept!) a promotion that I never would have thought possible to obtain previously. Without the leadership skills and practice that I received in Elevate, I don’t know that I could have been as prepared to welcome my future as a nonprofit leader in government administration.

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