This year Independent Sector is providing more opportunity for NGeners!

Posted on July 8, 2009. Filed under: Emering Leadership | Tags: , , , , , , |

Are you an accomplished young professional already serving as a nonprofit leader?

Are you ready to magnify your impact through dynamic collaboration with your peers?

Recognizing that the leaders we need tomorrow are poised to contribute today, Independent Sector is pleased to introduce the American Express NGen Fellows Program. This exciting new program will offer 12 young professionals from Independent Sector member organizations a rare opportunity to magnify their impact and accelerate their careers. The program, which includes complementary registration and lodging for the 2009 Annual Conference, will build the capacity of these emerging leaders through tailored online and in-person programming and special networking opportunities.

American Express NGen Fellows will be a diverse and talented group selected from under-40 staff at Independent Sector member organizations.  Visit the Independent Sector website to learn more about the benefits of participation in the fellows program, the selection process, and how to apply.  Applications are due August 14, 2009.

The American Express NGen Fellows Program enhances Independent Sector’s NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now program, which is designed to expand and improve the nonprofit talent pool by developing the leadership skills and networks of emerging leaders.  Free to all under-40 conference attendees, NGen offers targeted workshop sessions addressing topics important to emerging leaders and opportunities for rising young professionals to connect with leaders of all ages. Register for the IS Annual Conference today!

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My first few days of eating local.

Posted on July 7, 2009. Filed under: Local First | Tags: , , , , |

We began the journey of buying local a few days ago.  We were hesitant on where to start, we had no groceries and typically shop at Meijer.  After a quick Twitter survey and debate, and looking at Local First’s Member Directory we decided Meijer is in fact a local business, although it is in multiple states.  While we were shopping we focused on buying Meijer products, which are mostly packed and distributed in Grand Rapids, and other Grand Rapids made products.

In the picture you can see the meal we made of grilled pastrami sandwiches and chips.  Everything on the plate is a Meijer product.  The El Matador tortilla chips are my favorite and are made in Grand Rapids too.

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Shopping at Meijer was easy, it’s where we typically shop.  Buying mostly Meijer products was a little challenging, but the hardest part was not buying our produce and meat there.   I decided it would be a bigger impact to buy both our produce and meat at smaller local shops.

Today, I took off to visit the Fulton Street Farmers Market for the first time.  I have been to many farmers markets, but haven’t visited this one yet.  Much to my surprise there were no stands set up when I got there at 3:00 pm, although the website says it doesn’t close until 4:00 pm.  It’s just going to take time to get used to the flow of local businesses.  Any tips on when to go and what booths to visit would be much appreciated.

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Although there was no one at the Fulton Street Farmers Market, the day wasn’t a total loss.  I had time to browse a few shops in the East Hills Business District and finally found my wedding thank yous.  I made the great find below at Yours Truly!

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More stories of my local buying journey coming soon.  If you are looking for a local business to buy that special something, check out the Local First Member Directory.

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Personal Organization Tip of the Week: Write the date and subject of your notes on the outside of the page.

Posted on June 5, 2009. Filed under: Personal Organization | Tags: , , |

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This is the simplest personal organization tip of the week, but implementing this practice has made my life so much easier.  I tend to use one notebook for everything, and helps me keep it all straight without having to highlight or tab pages.

I simply turn my notebook to the left, before I write on any page.  After turning it I write this along the side date, topic.  Then if the notes for the topic go on to another page I simply put date, topic, 2 (then 3, 4 … if needed).  Make sure to write it along the side, so you are able to see each topic and date while flipping through quickly.

By using this process, along with keeping all your notes in one notebook, you will be amazed by how much quicker you can reference that conversation you had three months ago!

Does anyone have other notebook methods they would like to share?  Have a great one and we can share it in a new post in upcoming weeks.

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