When Your Professional Portfolio Meets Your Passion:
Seven Reasons to Join a Nonprofit Board

Written by: LaVada English, MBA
Training & Organizational Development Manager
City of Santa Barbara Employee’s University
AABLI alumna, Class #10

Most Americans of color did not grow up in families that sat around the dining table discussing which boards we should join when we came of age. To sit on a board, you have to be very wealthy, with access to major donors, right? It ain’t, as the song goes, necessarily so.

He Made a Difference

Written By: Paul Hudson
Managing Director, Hudson & Holland Advisors, LLC
AABLI Board Member and Faculty Member

On August 8th, I lost a confidant, friend and father, and the City of Los Angeles closed another chapter on its history of distinguished citizens. I have chosen to share my Dad’s story, in the hope that his life and legacy will inspire readers to give back by helping those less fortunate realize equity and inclusion, and by extending a supportive hand to future generations so that they may realize their dreams.

When Crisis Happens, Handle It

Written by: Gregory C. Scott
Partner, Executive Coach & Leadership Strategist
InVista Associates, Inc.
The Scott Group
AABLI alumnus, Class #4

On my first day as a new CEO, I was excited and hopeful, ready to start a new journey in my career. To my delight, a welcoming committee greeted me with smiles and good wishes.

But a big question was hiding behind the smiles: “Does this man know what he’s walking into?”

Two Words! No. Problem.

Written by: Monique Stennis, MBA
Social Media Manager, University of Redlands
AABLI alumna, Class #6

You don’t have to be a professional photographer, videographer or designer to produce engaging social media content.

By now you know the value of communicating your products and services on social media. You regularly visit Facebook to see what people are saying about your favorite brands. You never miss an opportunity to watch a half minute video on Instagram. And, on occasion, you have checked your Twitter feed to read—firsthand— tweets that made the evening news.

Sustainability: Five Ways to Get Your Board on Board

Written by: Dr. Thyonne Gordon
CEO, Beyond Story
AABLI alumna, Class #3

You’ve managed to get your board to agree to a retreat? Well done! Board members come from all walks of life and must attend to their own professions and personal agendas, so it’s amazing when a leader can bring them together to reflect and strategize.