50 episodes

This podcast is a place for nonprofit leaders to gain insights, tips, inspiration, and encouragement to unleash their potential.

Inspired Nonprofit Leadership Mary Hiland

    • Non-Profit

This podcast is a place for nonprofit leaders to gain insights, tips, inspiration, and encouragement to unleash their potential.

    050: Communications Planning for Nonprofit Leaders

    050: Communications Planning for Nonprofit Leaders

    My guest is Caitlin Kerk, a communications strategist whose written about social issues for more than 25 years. In that time, she has developed communications plans and messaging platforms, conducted media campaigns, and created content for a wide range of communication vehicles. Caitlin launched Kerk Communications in 1997 to provide nonprofits with quality marketing communication services at competitive prices. Caitlin and Mary discuss communications planning for nonprofits and nonprofit leaders..

    • 34 min
    049: Using “improv” as a tool to improve working relationships

    049: Using “improv” as a tool to improve working relationships

    My guest is Andrea Hummel who is trained in multicultural diversity, mediation and trauma recovery. She holds a Masters in applied anthropology American University.

    Andrea is the developer of the cutting-edge “i4 peacedramas” method for helping individuals, nonprofits, and communities increase empathy, decrease miscommunication,  and create alternate endings to organizational conflict.

    We discuss gaining understanding of organizational issues and resolving them using experiential learning.

    • 34 min
    048: 20+ year veteran Executive Director shares lessons learned

    048: 20+ year veteran Executive Director shares lessons learned

    My guest is Christa Gannon, CEO of Fresh Lifelines for Youth—a nonprofit she founded in 2000. FLY serves about 2,500 youth annually in 25 cities throughout the Bay Area. The agency and Christa have received numerous local, state, and national awards.   

    Christa is a first-team Academic All-American basketball player and a Stanford Law School graduate who passed the CA bar.

    In our interview, Christa shares words of wisdom for other nonprofit executives, based on her 21+ years of experience.

    • 35 min
    047: What's a board executive session? Good or bad?

    047: What's a board executive session? Good or bad?

    In this bonus episode, Mary shares her experience that most executive directors don’t want their boards to meet without them on issues other than their own performance or compensation. On the other hand, there are executives who don’t seem to be bothered by it and some even encourage it. Not only is there disagreement about the practice, there is even disagreement about the definition!

    What to do! Listen in for some definitions and tips.

    • 11 min
    046: "It starts at the top." A CEO's insights about the board/CEO relationship

    046: "It starts at the top." A CEO's insights about the board/CEO relationship

    My guest is Dr. Mary VanHaneghan. She started her career in the human services field two decades ago as a direct service professional. During her tenure she has worked across the country in various capacities. Dr. Mary has been recognized for her accomplishments and contributions at a national level as a result of her work on behalf of people who experience intellectual disabilities.
    She serves as CEO of The ARC of the Capital Area in Austin, Texas.

    We chat about the board/CEO relationship.

    • 35 min
    045: How you can use and benefit from design thinking in your nonprofit

    045: How you can use and benefit from design thinking in your nonprofit

    My guest is Carol Hamilton who has more than 25 years of experience with nonprofits and associations. Her consulting business, Grace Social Sector Consulting helps nonprofits become more strategic and innovative.

    Carol speaks and trains frequently on leadership and innovation topics. She has an MA in OD and a certificate in design thinking from University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. 

    We talk about design thinking and the process that can be used at many levels by nonprofit leaders. 

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙏

Whether you’re well established as a non-profit executive, or just getting started identifying the impact you want to bring to the world through your organization - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Mary does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of leading a thriving non-profit, and living a life you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

Nature Rocks ,

Excellent

Excellent podcasts. I appreciate that the episodes offer clear, focused, relatable learning nuggets.

Maya Lis Tussing ,

Filling a large need

We need more podcasts like Mary’s. Sharing best practices in the philanthropic sector is necessary with more and more organizations looking for help.

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