140 episodes

Looking for your next nonprofit job? Want to lead a nonprofit organization? Dr. Patton McDowell (www.pattonmcdowell.com) brings the best in nonprofit career development to each episode, helping you find the perfect nonprofit opportunity and guiding you along the path to senior leadership in the philanthropic sector. Patton brings 30 years of nonprofit leadership, coaching and consulting experience, and shares best practices for individual and organizational success based on his work with over 250 nonprofit organizations and their staff and board leaders. Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership features more than 120 interviews with nonprofit leaders and philanthropy experts, as well as deep-dive solo episodes and other special editions. Hit subscribe, and accelerate your journey on a nonprofit career path that can change your life. Learn more at: https://www.podpage.com/your-path-to-nonprofit-leadership/

Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership Patton McDowell

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Looking for your next nonprofit job? Want to lead a nonprofit organization? Dr. Patton McDowell (www.pattonmcdowell.com) brings the best in nonprofit career development to each episode, helping you find the perfect nonprofit opportunity and guiding you along the path to senior leadership in the philanthropic sector. Patton brings 30 years of nonprofit leadership, coaching and consulting experience, and shares best practices for individual and organizational success based on his work with over 250 nonprofit organizations and their staff and board leaders. Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership features more than 120 interviews with nonprofit leaders and philanthropy experts, as well as deep-dive solo episodes and other special editions. Hit subscribe, and accelerate your journey on a nonprofit career path that can change your life. Learn more at: https://www.podpage.com/your-path-to-nonprofit-leadership/

    140: A Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Boosting Board Engagement (Lea Williams)

    140: A Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Boosting Board Engagement (Lea Williams)

    140: A Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Boosting Board Engagement (Lea Williams)  
    SUMMARY
    The best nonprofit leaders create and maintain strategic partnerships between themselves, their staff, and their board. If you are looking to take your board to the next level, check out episode #140 of the Path Podcast where Dr. Lea Williams and I discuss five tactics for creating and sustaining a dynamic board of directors. Building off our work together with multiple boards, our conversations with our Mastermind participants, and Lea’s background as a meetings scientist, we reflect on characteristics of successful boards and how nonprofit leaders can cultivate a higher level of engagement with these important stakeholders. We discuss the importance of creating confident ambassadors, clarifying board member responsibilities through onboarding, building comfort around the organization’s financial model, building a pipeline of board leaders through year-round recruiting, and hitting “reset” on your board meetings. Listen for these strategies and other tactical recommendations to help with your nonprofit board development efforts. 
    ABOUT LEA
    Lea is an Organizational Scientist who joined the PMA team in June of 2020. Prior to joining the firm, she dedicated her time to two main areas: earning her Ph.D. in Organizational Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and serving 15+ nonprofits through pro-bono consulting engagements through the Volunteer Program Assessment. In addition to her nonprofit work, while obtaining her Doctorate, Lea also worked in several Talent Management/Organizational Development roles at large organizations in Charlotte, such as Ingersoll Rand, Duke Energy, TIAA, and Jacobsen. Given her strong research background, she is skilled at gathering input and synthesizing it to help nonprofit leaders develop innovative solutions. Her specialties include meeting effectiveness (the subject of her dissertation), leadership, board, and staff training and development, data analysis, strategic planning, survey design, stakeholder research, and volunteer retention/engagement. She also received her Master's in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Davidson College. 
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES
    Lea’s previous episode (#59: 5 Keys to Leading Dynamic Virtual Meetings) Priya Parker’s book The Art of GatheringCal Newport’s book A World Without Email Lea’s work at PMA through consulting and meeting facilitation

    • 1 hr 1 min
    139: What Are the Best Practices of a Nonprofit Leader? (Katie O’Malley)

    139: What Are the Best Practices of a Nonprofit Leader? (Katie O’Malley)

    139:  What Are the Best Practices of a Nonprofit Leader? (Katie O’Malley)
    SUMMARY
    Have you found true passion along your career journey?  Many in the nonprofit sector struggle to maintain their connection to the mission as they accomplish their daily work.  With more than 15 years in the sector, Katie O’Malley experienced this dilemma first-hand before translating this struggle into action and sharing her wisdom through Encourage Coaching. In episode #139 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, Katie discusses the value of self-reflection to recognize career opportunities and leadership development skills so that you can reclaim balance in your personal and professional life, avoid burnout, and find self-awareness and how the clarification of these skills will positively affect your ability to work alongside others, motivate your team, and enhance the overall performance and engagement of your organization. Katie also shares advice at every stage of the career journey, from young professionals finding their place in the corporate structure, to mid-career employees considering the great resignation (or what she likes to call the “great reshuffle”). Finally, she speaks openly to the experiences many senior leaders face and how various stresses affect their responses and interactions with staff, board and the clients they serve, and the steps to recognize and make proactive changes that will make you a stronger more well-balanced leader.
    ABOUT KATIE
    Katie O'Malley is a Leadership Coach + Educator with fifteen years of professional experience serving the nonprofit, corporate and education sectors. Across these workplaces, she noticed that her strengths and values consistently steered her toward the support and development of others. In 2012, Katie earned her Master's Degree in Counseling and Board Certification in Coaching.  Coaching recent grads, experienced professionals, and small business owners aspiring to lead their teams and organizations is the most fulfilling, life-giving work on her resume. Currently, Katie works full-time as the Senior Associate Director of Leadership Development at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and she’s building her practice Encourage Coaching + Consulting. At home, she loves spending time with her partner and pups in their backyard, jumping on the Peloton for an energy boosting ride, and visiting my favorite spot in Chicago—Wrigley Field.
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES
    Dr. Brene Brown’s book Atlas of the HeartLearn more about Encourage CoachingReady for a Mastermind?  Apply Today!

    • 51 min
    138: Global Expansion for Nonprofit Leaders (George Smith)

    138: Global Expansion for Nonprofit Leaders (George Smith)

    138: Global Expansion for Nonprofit Leaders (George Smith)
    SUMMARY
    Regardless of where you are on Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, insight gained from today’s episode with George Smith will no doubt up your game.  Within the first few minutes, George will inspire you as he and Patton reminisce on shared experiences with Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the single most important leadership skill the entire Kennedy clan learned early on.  George expands on his early leadership experiences as he transitioned to the global sector. He shares how not relying on assumptions of standard practices but adapting and capitalizing on the different norms and values of other cultures will develop a higher quality and better performing team.  George also lays out specific examples of leading through varying cultural norms in a collaborative way will build strong leaders throughout an organization who are confident and articulate in communicating with their superiors and peers. By implementing some of the adaptations discussed to your own leadership style, you’re sure to enjoy an environment of collaborative learning and development that will elevate your own skills as a nonprofit leader.
    ABOUT GEORGE
    George has worked for over 30 years in senior management for International Non-Government Organizations and is recognized as a leader in NGO management and international development. From 1985 until 2002, George worked for Special Olympics International (SOI).  During his tenure he opened the first SOI office in China and served as the Managing Director, East Asia, based in Beijing, China.  He led the development and global roll-out of Unified Sports, an inclusive program bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities.  Finally, he is recognized for his pioneering work developing SOI programs in other regions including Eastern Europe/Russia and the Middle East. Since 2010 he serves as the Managing Director, North Asia with Orbis. He has helped position Orbis North Asia as a leading International NGO in China and has strengthened relationships with the government and corporate communities.  During his long NGO career, George has been responsible for high level strategic planning, staff management, project development and evaluation, fund raising, donor stewardship, government relations and advocacy. He has received several awards including the R. Tait McKenzie award for his contributions in Health and Physical Education around the world.  He has been awarded the Presidential Citation by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for outstanding contribution to international development projects.  
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES 
    Lee Iacocca’s Where have All the Leaders Gone?Find out more about Special Olympics International and Orbis 

    • 44 min
    137: Building A Strong Nonprofit Through Intentional Leadership (Teddy McDaniel)

    137: Building A Strong Nonprofit Through Intentional Leadership (Teddy McDaniel)

    137:  Building A Strong Nonprofit Through Intentional Leadership (Teddy McDaniel)
    SUMMARY


    Many for-profit leaders have followed their passion and transitioned to the nonprofit sector.  Luckily for the Urban League of the Carolinas, Teddy McDaniel is one such leader who likes to say he doesn’t have a job, he’s on a mission. In episode #137 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, Teddy discusses how being an intentional leader strengthens an organization. He and Patton discuss embracing the nonprofit competition with strategic networking which leads to a better exchange of ideas, resources, and talent.  A good nonprofit leader will recognize when an organization is spread too thin – you can’t be all things to all people – and values coalition partners because a community isn’t well served by mediocre.  Teddy also shares insight on building a strong mission-focused strategic plan as a living document.  You’ll learn how a successful nonprofit leader, who began himself as a volunteer, takes intentional steps to attract and retain talented staff, volunteers, and board members. 
    ABOUT TEDDY


    Teddy McDaniel currently serves as president and CEO of the Urban League of Central Carolinas in Charlotte, NC. Founded in in 1978, ULCC is an affiliate of the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved communities. Previously, Teddy was president and CEO of the Austin, TX, Urban League from 2012 – 2017 and served as COO of the Greater Phoenix Urban League starting in 2009. Before entering the non-profit sector, Teddy spent 15 years in the financial service industry. From 2004-08, he was an assistant vice president at GE Capital in Scottsdale, Arizona, and started his career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and spent three years with Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, NA.  Born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Columbus, Ohio, McDaniel is a 3rd Generation graduate of Morehouse College. He holds a B.A. in Finance and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES
    Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather Mcleod Grant’s book Forces for GoodRichard Rothstein’s book Color of LawAndre Perry’s book Know Your PriceLearn more about The Urban League of the Carolinas Ready for a Mastermind?  Apply Today!

    • 51 min
    136: Maximizing Volunteer Engagement as a Nonprofit Leader (Lauren Kaufman)

    136: Maximizing Volunteer Engagement as a Nonprofit Leader (Lauren Kaufman)

    136: Maximizing Volunteer Engagement as a Nonprofit Leader (Lauren Kaufman)
    SUMMARY
    Are you utilizing the full abilities of your best volunteers?  As the leader of an all-volunteer organization that has seen a 40% growth in the past six months, Lauren Kaufman discusses strategic actions to attract, activate, grow, and retain diverse young professional volunteer talent. Connecting the individual volunteer’s skills and experiences with specific organizational roles and committee opportunities strengthens not only the individual’s resume, but the relationship they have with the organization as a whole.  In episode #136 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, you’ll hear tips every nonprofit leader can implement to improve their volunteer experience.  Lauren also discusses the value of building alliances, one of Patton’s Five Keys to a successful nonprofit, with like-minded similar organizations, as well as organizational skills from which every nonprofit leader can learn.
    ABOUT LAUREN
    By day, Lauren works at Dimensional Fund Advisors where she provides the tools financial advisors need to strategically manage and grow their business. She also oversees Dimensional’s global philanthropic program. By night (and weekends), she is president of the Young Women’s Alliance, an Austin non-profit dedicated to empowering the next generation of women leaders. As president, Lauren oversees 500 members, 16 Board of Directors, and 80+ chair positions. As an entirely volunteer run organization, Lauren ensures that YWA is meeting and exceeding all parts of its mission by developing KPI’s, strategically planning for the future of the organization and ensuring that YWA continues to be an organization that connects and supports women in Austin. Through Lauren’s leadership, YWA remains committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization where women in Austin feel welcomed and empowered. Most recently, Lauren added an additional role to the Board of Directors: VP of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her partner Aaron and their two French bulldogs, Tater Tot and Queso (@theloadedtots). Lauren speaks Chinese, German, and Spanish and holds her Series 7 and 66.
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES
    Cy Wakeman’s book Reality based Leadership Learn more about the Young Women’s Alliance & (YWA Instagram)Austin Under 40 WebsiteHeristic website (DEI consultant)Ready for a Mastermind?  Apply Today!

    • 52 min
    135: Sharpening Your Vision as a Nonprofit Leader (Pat Millen)

    135: Sharpening Your Vision as a Nonprofit Leader (Pat Millen)

    135: Sharpening Your Vision as a Nonprofit Leader (Pat Millen)
    SUMMARY
    Most well-intentioned ideas never become a viable nonprofit organization.  But after Pat Millen’s daughter Franny raised the issue of the digital divide after school one day, the family decided to do something about it.  Less than 10 years later, one family’s inspiration has evolved into E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide), and Pat has elevated the organization to state and national prominence.  Not only is his story fascinating, but his thoughtful reflection about the efforts to start and grow a nonprofit are full of valuable advice for any nonprofit leader. In episode 135 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, Pat and I discuss the strategic focus necessary to achieve organizational expansion, the critical importance of community research, and the discipline necessary to network strategically.  
    ABOUT PAT
    In 2012, Pat Millen Co-Founded E2D with his family to address societal imbalances associated with digital exclusion affecting low-income families and students. In 2017, he founded the Re-Image CLT Labs, of which he is now the executive director. Prior to his work at E2D, he was the Founder, President, and CEO of Integrity Sport Marketing, Media, and Management, from 1993 to 2014. IS3M was a sports management agency specializing in the creation, marketing and execution of strategic initiatives for companies and organizations with an emphasis on soccer and the convergence of sports and education. From 1990 to 1993, Pat worked as the Director of Athletics Marketing at his alma mater, Davidson College. He graduated from Davidson in 1986 with a BA in History. Over the course of his career, he has received the Davidson College Omicron Delta Kappa Service Award and, most recently, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.  He has been named one of the “25 Most Influential People in American Soccer” by Soccer America Magazine in 1996 and a “Gamechanger” by Davidson College in honor of his social justice work in 2018. He is a member of the Charlotte Digital Inclusion Alliance, NC Digital Equity and Inclusion Collaborative and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, the Charlotte Council of Agency Executives, the Ne Ultra Society/Founders Roundtable at Davidson College and the Charlotte Rotary Club. Pat lives in Davidson, NC with his wife Eileen Keeley and his children, Paddy, Franny and Sam.
    EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCES
    Ron Rash book In the ValleyGet involved with E2DLearn more through the National Digital Inclusion AllianceReady for a Mastermind? Apply Today to join the Spring 2022 Cohort!

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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60 Ratings

Alex425xyz ,

Insightful interviews

I listened to last Thursday’s episode with Manuel Campbell and he had some great insight into nonprofit leadership and what it takes to go from a side passion project to a fully-developed plan that can impact the community at large. Manuel’s childhood, growing up with entrepreneurial-minded mentors, really resonated with me as a small-business owner and grabbed my attention from the first five minutes of the episode. Patton asked thought-provoking questions which allowed Manuel to respond with great detail on his experiences - a true testament to his hosting.

anxietygirl123 ,

A true expert in the nonprofit sector

Patton is a leader in this space and this podcast showcases his expertise. You can tell that he prepares for each episode and has a wide variety of guests. I look forward to listening to a new episode every week on my walks!

Gail Bower ,

#Nonprofit #leaders: tune into the Path.

What a tremendous resource for nonprofit leaders. Patton McDowell dives deep allowing guests to thoughtfully discuss critical topics for leaders. Thank you!

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