Mindy Atwood: 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.

Mindy Atwood, CEO of Patches of Light, Inc.Head shot of Mindy Atwood, CEO of Patches of Light

How long have you been in your current position?

16 years

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

Life experience brought me to a point of wanting to help others in similar situations.

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

Raising funds and awareness often times becomes a barrier in supporting a mission. There are many organizations competing for the same funding, and/or are the same type of organization creating a complicated competition for funds.

How do you plan to help the next generations?

I hope to help the next generation by allowing families to be together during a child's illness, treatment, and recovery, thus minimizing the impact a critical illness has on the family. It is proven the obstacles created by a long illness can reek havoc on a family.

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

Yes, for I believe women are natural nurturers and find great peace assisting others. However, man or woman, we need to promote helping humanity as a admirable profession. Byron Garrett said it best, "Being a man or a woman is a matter of birth. Being a man or a woman who makes a difference is a matter of choice."

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

Don't limit, nor define yourself, by your gender. Take great pride in your accomplishments, not your physical characteristics.

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