If you’re a young nonprofit professional I highly recommend you buy yourself a copy of How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar. It’s a candid how-to book on advancing your career in the fields of philanthropy and nonprofit written by Rosetta Thurman, president, Thurman Consulting, and Trista Harris, executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice.
As Rosetta and Trista point out in the introduction, although a third of emerging professionals aspire to be a nonprofit executive someday, only 4% of them are actually being developed to someday assume positions of power. Of that 4% more men are being groomed for leadership than women.
In other words, if you want to be a leader, you’re going to have to carve out your own path. You’ve got to identify yourself as one and get out there. How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar is your road map to doing so successfully.
I really wish I had this resource three years ago when I found myself the public relations director of a small nonprofit at the age of 24. Although I loved my work and was good at what I did, I didn’t have the confidence to truly feel comfortable with the title I had earned. As a young woman and naturally introverted a part of me, call it internalized sexism, ageism, BS or what have you, felt at odds with my identity as a leader. I know for a fact that I missed out on opportunities because I struggled with embracing the role and identity as leader that I found myself in.
Reading How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar was a great reminder of what I’ve had to learn over the last three years, and that’s this:
The world needs you, and I mean you specifically to be your best. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Especially not yourself.
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