Aug 2011: President’s Corner

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writerGreetings Net Impact Boston,

Seasons, especially in New England, bring such rhythm and pace to our lives.  Like the Back Bay, Kenmore Square and distinct parts of Cambridge, Net Impact will bustle in the next few weeks with folks coming and going.  Our team begins a new Chapter year in September and with that, we will be saying goodbye to a couple of our highly valued members.  Our amazing Events Team duo of Jesse Gossett and Eric Misbach are headed to SF and NYC, respectively, to further their careers, learning and life experience.  We wish them the best of luck and know that we will see them again (perhaps in Portland!).  With the turn of our year, we are looking forward to leveraging our current committee members in existing or new roles while inviting other members to join the NIB team.  We are planning a formal call to leadership meeting for September, but in the meantime we welcome your interest — a great opportunity to learn more would be to join us at our August 9th Happy Hour.  Chat with us about roles we’re looking to fill and hear more about what it’s like to be on the team.

Fall is also the time of year when we work to place Board Fellows.  The Net Impact Boston Board Fellows program — touted as the best — places business professionals in one-year board fellowships with Boston-area non-profit organizations.  These members sit as non-voting board members and advise their sponsor organization as a regular board member.  Fellows contribute their expertise from the private sector to the benefit of participating organizations.  Maura Hodge and Kevin Greer are the extremely hard-working Co-Chairs of the Board Fellows program.  Here’s a bit about the program in Maura’s own words:

The Board Fellows program is a unique intersection of for-profit and non-profit coordination in Boston. It has been incredibly exciting to see this program grow in the past year and we hope to continue matching talented and passionate business professionals with great non-profits improving the quality of life in both local and global communities.  This past placement, the Board Fellows team facilitated the match of 14 volunteers with a variety of organizations in the greater Boston area. Fellows are assisting boards with various projects, including the development of a young professionals network, corporate sponsorship and other fundraising strategy development, and institutionalization of the board’s operations, structure and roles and responsibilities. As a Board Fellows co-chair, learning about various non-profits in Boston and meeting professionals who are excited and willing to serve has been incredibly inspiring and a perfect example of putting Net Impact’s ideals into action.”

For more info on the Board Fellows program, check out this interview with a current Fellow  or visit the Board Fellows page.

See you soon,

Monica

Monica Sullivan
2011 Net Impact Boston President

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