Joanne Spoth: Nonprofit Woman Leader Creating a Better Central Ohio

Community Shares of Mid Ohio is taking the month of March to highlight the women leading our member charities for making a difference in the community as part of Women's History Month. 

Joanne Spoth, President & CEO of The Breathing AssociationHead shot of Joanne Spoth, President & CEO of The Breathing Association

How long have you been in your current position?

2 years

How did you decide to pursue a career in the nonprofit field?

My career began as a Registered Nurse and my pivotal moment was completing my MBA. Both have informed the direction of my career and the opportunity for me to contribute in our sector.

What do you see as the barriers, obstacles, and/or challenges? How did you or how do you recommend that these be overcome?

Barriers, obstacles and challenges are opportunities in the making. By listening to and learning about the needs of our constituents, inviting them to engage in our mission and celebrating the impact of our collective work we can transform our community.

How do you plan to help the next generations?

By inviting them to be part of the conversation, learning how they want to engage and coaching them by asking questions, leading by example, sharing clear expectations and encouraging them to seek mentors throughout their careers.

Would you encourage the young women in your life to pursue a career in nonprofit? Why or why not?

Absolutely, the nonprofit sector offers many rewarding career paths and as its impact on our economy grows there will be even more opportunities for women to make a difference in this field.

Your best piece of advice for women leaders, now or in the future is:

Seek out mentors who will help guide you by asking you thoughtful questions; read, read and read some more and surround yourself with individuals who are willing to share their wisdom and encouragement.

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