|WHY AM I INTERESTED IN JOINING THE BOARD?
Another member of YNPN reached out to me and suggested that I apply for the Board based on my current role at The Cupcake Girls, my approach to work, and my passion for racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Upon reading the requirements for the board and what you’re seeking, I am confident that I can provide value and a meaningful perspective to help advance the mission of YNPN.
HOW WILL YNPN SOUTHERN NEVADA BENEFIT FROM MY PARTICIPATION ON THE BOARD?
YNPN Southern Nevada and the Board of Directors will benefit from my participation due to my ability to live our organization’s core values:
Advocate Social Equity – As a Black woman, I have always been passionate about Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI). I participate in mentoring programs, give to causes that advance JEDI work, and spend a lot of time breaking down my own biases (while encouraging others to do the same). This is also why I shifted my focus to work in nonprofit two years ago. With this year’s surge in interest in dismantling and reimagining the systems that marginalize BIPOC, we can activate our members to evaluate their personal contributions as well as those of their organizations/employers to take steps in the right direction.
Cultivate Professional Growth – I’m very much interested in evaluating ways to offer our members the most value for their yearly membership fee. I’d love for everyone to reflect on the previous year and look at their dues as the best $30 they’ve ever spent. I would like to increase our membership and also generate more engagement from members by understanding what they’re looking to get from their membership and delivering valuable training and development opportunities accordingly.
Collaborate Intentionally – I believe time is one of the most valuable finite resources we have; being intentional and stewarding our time well can be beneficial for everyone with whom we interact. It’s important to look at our processes, events, and offerings critically in order to ask ourselves whether we’re offering the most value we can to members of the network. We should always be seeking ways to make the most of every event, meeting, and interaction we have.
Create Community – I enjoy building and strengthening relationships with others through finding common ground. I like to know what makes others smile, what drives them, and what gets them out of bed in the morning. Empathy and a genuine interest in others help to foster meaningful and lasting relationships. These are qualities I’d love to be able to relay to other YNPN members to help them expand their networks.
Lead Authentically – Authenticity is of the utmost importance to me, both personally and professionally. I’m a firm believer in leading by example; I’d never ask someone on my team to do something I’m unwilling (or unsure how) to do. As a leader, it’s vital to be honest, empathetic, and an effective communicator. This means challenging ourselves to show up courageously and to bring our best to every moment, acknowledging when we fail to do so, and offering grace to those around us when needed.