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Ginger Young: 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. 

Ginger Young, Executive Director of The Childhood League CenterHead shot of Ginger Young, Executive Director of The Childhood League Center

How long have you been in your current position?

 3 years

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

The non profit field pursued me! I was actually pursuing a PhD in Developmental Psychology intending to teach and do research. During this period I took a part time job working in vocational rehabilitation with Deaf/HOH individuals with mental health challenges. The difference I was able to make in the lives of these special people impacted me tremendously. This experience motivated me to roll my sleeves up and work directly with people. It was the best decision I could make for myself as I was able to do my best work in this environment.

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

I imagine there are difficulties regardless of the field a person chooses. However, we are constantly faced with financial uncertainty in the non profit world. This can be challenging for leaders in our community. As an Executive Director you have to accept that a very important and significant part of your job is fundraising. Additionally, you absolutely have to run EVERYTHING else. The key to being successful within this dynamic is knowing what your weaknesses are, accepting them and hiring those who can help compensate.

How do you plan to help the next generations?

I give back at every opportunity I can. For example, I am a mentor for The John Glenn Institute of Public Affairs. I also ensure that the employees at The Childhood League Center know I am interested and invested in their career goals, regardless if their plan includes staying with us or pursuing a goal outside of The Center. Everyone should be in a position to do what they do best!

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

Yes, if they are motivated by the kind of work non profits do in our community. However, if she wants to be an engineer, a welder or a cartoonist I would encourage her to give back to her community through becoming a volunteer and philanthropist.  Women are a powerful force in our community and make a difference everyday in a million different ways. I am proud to be counted among them and strive to be a role model for other women.

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

I honestly believe insight into one's self is the best advice I can give young women leaders. If you know yourself, you can surround yourself with a team that compliments your strengths and compensates for your weaknesses. When you have the right people around your leadership table, great work happens.


 

Brandi Crowley: 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. 

Brandi Crowley, Board Member  of Community Shares of Mid OhioHead shot of Brandi Crowley, Board Member of Community Shares of Mid Ohio

How long have you been in your current position?

1 Year

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

I feel that I was called early in life to support my community with my time, talents and treasure.

“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” ― Vincent van Gogh

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

A challenge that I often see is the lack of diversity. Our boards/staff don’t necessarily reflect the communities we serve. I have started to have more conversations about doing your work “with” those communities you serve, instead of “for”. 

How do you plan to help the next generations?

Include them! Include them! Include them! The next generations play a pivotal role in the future of nonprofits. They bring a unique perspective of the world that is difficult for most organizations to harness. 

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

Absolutely. Nonprofits allow you the freedom to be true to yourself. Every day you get to engage your head and your heart. Although the work is hard, it’s rewarding and often times you get to see the impact of your hard work. 

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

Toot your own horn. Look for opportunities to strategically highlight your achievements. Your worth starts with how you present and value yourself. Find your voice and nurture your strengths--be fearless and be bold.


 

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