Applying business skills to nonprofit leadership


Leadership Coaching


A successful sales executive had always respected and supported nonprofit organizations in the battle against generational poverty. Her occasional mission work inspired a desire to use her business skills full time for the cause.

Within a few months, she secured interviews at two different organizations, each seeking a proven leader to develop new partnerships and charitable support. 

How would she choose? And how would her for-profit know-how translate to a nonprofit context? We explored her questions during several mentoring conversations.

A quick study in nonprofit fundraising and financial practices dovetailed easily with her corporate background. We developed interview strategies that reflected her relational sales experience—not only to demonstrate her potential in each role, but also to win job offers from both organizations.

After discussion and discernment, she chose to serve with a leading international organization that works to release children from poverty.

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