Beyond Enthusiastic

Beyond Enthusiastic

To my fellow young nonprofit professionals…

Has someone ever complimented you on your enthusiasm, fresh perspective, or energy?  It’s happened to me – a lot.

Did it seem like that person was really just commenting on your age – speaking in code that you are young? I think that’s the case – a lot.

So, when colleagues asked me about the 2011 Conference of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, I was slow to speak.  I didn’t want to talk about the event as exciting or youthful (even though that would be true).

Instead, I described the conference as bursting with resources!

And, that’s why I love young nonprofit professionals.  We are so resourceful!

The 2011 conference demonstrates that we know how to:

  • Transform a theatre into a convention center
  • Develop a stellar program, busting at the seams with young leaders
  • Leverage community partnerships for smart sponsorships
  • Create real value with free tools, like social networking and blogging
  • Host a warm, engaging event in a cold city

I’m grateful to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network leadership and the 2011 conference organizers.  They’ve reminded me that the best thing about being a talented young professional is not my enthusiasm but my resourcefulness.
Want to continue to cultivate your own resourcefulness?  Check out my three live blog posts from the conference:

What do you think?  What words do you use to describe young professionals - beyond enthusiastic?  Please leave a comment with your idea!


JESSICA JOURNEY is a nonprofit professional, thriving in the Indianapolis community.  She has more than five years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and philanthropy in the fields of higher education, health, and human services.  Jessica’s background includes annual fund, communications, constituent management, and grants.

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