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.

All Hands on Deck

Every member of your organization can play a part in protecting your brand

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

Now that your social media program is running on all cylinders—Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog and YouTube—you have a great opportunity to develop guidelines that establish the social media protocol for agents of your organization (e.g. employees, interns, volunteers and brand ambassadors). These guidelines can help ensure the protection of your brand.

Faculty Office Hours:

Written by: Zachary Gabriel Green, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Professor, and International Social
Justice Consultant
University of San Diego

When we speak of work/life balance, we create the illusion that our work and our lives are somehow separate. What may be more appropriate is to consider how work and life can be better integrated.

Board Basics: Governing Board Personal Brand Skills & Expertise

Written by: Eugene Boykins
President
Boykins Business Consulting Group

Add the highest value to your board/commission experience: Use the professional skills of your personal brand.

As a certified, proud AABLI cohort member, you’ve gained valuable insights into how you can make significant contributions to your community and to current or future organizations. It’s time to consider a few thoughts on how to better leverage your service.

5 Leadership Skills For Excellence: Nonprofits Are All Business

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

The nonprofit business model needs a transformation, and needs to gain an advantage as a strong force in the business world. The label “nonprofit” is the first disadvantage; it implies the organization is not a business at all. Substantial and sustainable revenue is a must for any nonprofit’s survival and a high performing approach is the only way we get there.