Megan Ellis: 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.

Megan Ellis, Director of The Woltemade Center at Ohio Wesleyan University and Board Member of Community Shares of Mid Ohio

How long have you been in your current position?

Head shot of Megan Ellis, Board Member of Community Shares of Mid Ohio

over a year

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

I worked in the for profit world for several years and realized I could translate the skills and experiences I had gathered into doing good in our community. I believe very strongly in giving back and making the world a better place than we found it. Being able to work in nonprofit - in a variety of causes allows us the opportunity to do that.

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

So many nonprofits operate under a barebones mentality. The burnout rate is scary to me and is a major challenge for the growth of this industry. Advocating for the community to support with time and treasure is key to overcoming these challenges as well as continuing to educate future nonprofit leaders. I also feel young women in nonprofits would benefit from sponsored leadership programs.

How do you plan to help the next generations?

I plan to mentor as much as I can and continue to increase my activity as an active Board Member.

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

Yes I would. If not as a career I will instill the value of becoming engaged in nonprofit activity.

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

Don't settle and believe in your own worth... fight for it!

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