"Throughout my career I have mentored both members of my staff and other professional in the non profit sector. For the last six years I have utilized my skills and knowledge as an executive coach for management level professionals for various organizations in northeast Ohio. During my tenure as a CEO I have done many workshops related to various aspects of the profession including fundraising, communications, transition planning, and retirement strategies. On a yearly basis I lecture at Case Western Mendel Center on Financial Sustainability. With over 23 years in the field as the CEO I am comfortable mentoring in all aspects of our industry. There is no greater reward that being able to assist others in being successful as they climb the career ladder. I have served on many non profit boards from local school group, major children hospital board, university advisory committees, and ASAE's national board which adds another dimension to my mentoring skills."
Why did you decide to become a mentor for KnowHow Mentorship?
"First, and foremost the reward of giving back to the profession has always been a top priority and personal commitment. Secondly, as a retired CEO I felt I would have the time along with expertise to give more freely to organizations. I also feel there will be learning component for me personally to learn more about the cultures of other organizations as well as the challenges of being part of the developing world."
What potential do you see in your partner organization?
"The work I have begun to do with AFACI will, I believe, assist Delia to look at new opportunities to expand current strategies. There is potential for membership development and possibly expanded earnings through fees and services we haven't explored as of yet. We have begun to explore the possibility of their coming to a conference in the States to exchange ideas with a larger group of colleagues. I believe that there is room for increased membership, expanded income sources, and increased recognition of AFACI."