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The 2021 school year is getting off the ground, and with it are internships. According to a study by SmallBizGenius , 60 percent of students in their graduating class since 2013 have participated in an internship and/or co-op at some point in their educational journey, and for a good reason. Internships have immense value to students, providing real-world experience and mentorship, as well as kick-starting their careers. Organizations of all...
Impact Opportunity had the chance to speak with the founders of The Equity Practice about their work and how managers play a critical role in determining work culture and mitigating bias in the workplace.   What is The Equity Practice? Alli Myatt, Pr incipal and Co-founder, The Equity Practice The Equity Practice focuses on helping people move beyond conversations about race to take actions for racial equity. We...
It’s no secret that over the past year and a half, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations both across the United States and globally turned to working remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As variants circulate and hard-hit communities work to prevent spreading the virus, many employers are making the switch to allow employees to choose where they want to work and when they’ll be in office, if at...
Professional networking, or creating mutually beneficial business relationships, is an essential part of building a successful career. From getting a job offer to establishing partnerships, a person’s network is often the determining factor in business opportunities. According to LinkedIn data , nearly 80% of business professionals consider networking important to career success. In fact, LinkedIn outlined that candidates referred to a...
Several ingredients go into building strong nonprofit organizations. Given the potential of what the right people in senior leadership roles can accomplish, organizations need to invest both the time and resources necessary to attract and assimilate those leaders. When attracting senior leaders, organizations have the option to lead their searches internally (i.e., through personal networks, board, and staff) or to engage professional...
Valerie Threlfall leads Listen4Good , Fund for Shared Insight’s signature capacity building program. As the founding director of Listen4Good, Valerie led the initial design of the offering and now oversees a product and program team that supports more than 550 organizations across the United States. She is also Principal of Ekouté Consulting , which advances the use of feedback to inform strategy and measurement efforts for...
  Impact Opportunity spoke with Valerie Threlfall, Managing Director at Listen4Good , about the organization’s work in supporting nonprofits in their listening and feedback efforts. In the following interview, she shares why listening and feedback are important in the sector, how an organization can get started, and best practices to follow.  Tell us about Listen4Good. Listen4Good is a capacity-building...
Virtual interviews, commonly conducted via video conference or other online communication platforms, are common for screenings and first-round interviews where the candidate and hiring entity are in different locations. This allows the candidate and hiring team to get to know one another while being respectful of the candidate’s time and other commitments, from family to their current work obligations, and without the costs associated...
When you’re looking to take the next step in your career, it’s natural to set your mind on a target company, a title, rank, or location and focus on those details as you embark on your job hunting journey. When it comes to selecting your next organization, research is paramount to ensuring that you will appreciate the culture, align with the mission and values, and work with a team you will be proud to call coworkers. With so...
“ I think I’d like to work in the nonprofit sector, but I’m not sure where to start, ” is a common sentiment among those contemplating a major career change. A great way to start any new job search—especially one that involves a significant shift in focus, such as moving from one sector to another—is to dedicate substantial time to self-exploration. While this article focuses on self-assessment and...
The important work of making a successful hire is not complete when the candidate accepts the offer. Rather, the process continues through the new hire’s first 30 to 90 days as they manage the transition into the new role. This article describes the process of ensuring a successful transition for your new team member. You may also want to review Michael Watkins’s Taking Charge in Your New Leadership Role, A Workbook...