Continuing the Conversation, AFTER the Conference Ends

Building RelationshipsI am back in Missouri after spending several days in sunny California at the BoardSource Leadership Forum.  The conference was attended by over 800 nonprofit board members, staff and volunteers.  This year’s themes were about bold leadership, taking risks and thinking big!

I always come back excited and energized.  The information, networking and joy of spending those few days with successful nonprofit leaders can’t stop when I get off the plane.  To keep the momentum alive I jotted down the steps I am going to take to continue to network with these amazing leaders.  I thought I would share them with you:

1.  Pull the cards I have collected out of the bottom of my bag.  Yes, I did have to write this down.  How many times do we come back from a conference or meeting and forget to pull the business cards we collected out of the bottom of our swag bags?  I take the cards out and write on them where I collected them from.  In three months when I come across the card on my desk, I will know when and where I got it.

2.  Send out personal emails.  When I collect cards at conferences, I usually write a note on them when I get them so I can remember what this individual and I were talking about ( I always think I will remember and I don’t) so I write it down on the card.  RIGHT AWAY!  So when I pull the cards out today, I send a personal email letting people know how much I enjoyed meeting them!  Hopefully the conversations we had can continue!

3.  Become Colleagues on LinkedIN.  I LOVE social media, so this is the perfect opportunity to reach out and LinkedIN is the perfect place to do it!

4. Don’t wait for a conference to do this next time!  I try to follow these basic steps at the end of every week.  It doesn’t always happen but its a great way to stay connected.

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The Best of the Entrepreneurial Spirit

87540617 (1)When I was a little girl spending time with my Grandma Dolan, she was always bragging about my cousin Johnny.  ”That Johnny, he’s an entrepreneur.”  He was selling cigars out of his car, buy hey, he was an entrepreneur.  Her praise for him alway stuck with me.

According to the dictionary an entrepreneur is a person who organizes, operates and assumes the risk for a business venture.

Nonprofits do this everyday the only difference is they aren’t working so hard assuming all the risks for stockholders to make money, they are doing it to build strong communities and in some cases, save lives.

Nonprofits have had to organize, operate and assume the risks all at the same time they have had to be innovators and leaders in developing solutions.  Sometimes without support or resources.  If Grandma Dolan were still here, I hope that she would see me as an entrepreneur too, not for starting a business but for organizing, operation and risking it all to help families and communities throughout Missouri.

For a little inspiration this morning, I encourage you to read, Innovation, Inspiration from Nonprofits.  Are great article that reminds us of the human spirit’s need to be a good neighbor.


Rebecca Gordon Group Launches Missouri Health Care For All Website

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The Rebecca Gordon Group is proud to announce the launch of their latest project, the redesign of the Missouri Health Care for All website. MHCFA is a non-partisan, grassroots movement committed to securing access to affordable, high-quality health care for all Missourians.

The new site provides a home for MHCFA to inform, educate and organize citizens and advocates as Missouri prepares for the new Health Insurance Marketplace and decides whether to expand Medicaid. The site allows users to browse a news archive for the latest stories and articles about health care issues in Missouri.

The Rebecca Gordon Group developed the site using a Content Management System called WordPress. You might be familiar with WordPress as a blogging site. However, its powerful software can be used to design non-blog sites as well.  The best part of WordPress is that the vast majority of content can be easily updated by someone with zero knowledge of HTML coding. For more information on Website Development services from the Rebecca Gordon Group, click here.