Nonprofit Spark Interview: “Making your non-profit a welcome place for young professionals”


Renee McGivern from Nonprofit Spark radio followed up on a tweet about my article “Social Change and a Welcoming Environment for Youth in the Nonprofit Community” (in The Philanthropist) by inviting me to follow her show “Keeping high performers happy at your non-profit” which featured Monique Ayotte-Hoeltzel, a partner with The Management Center. Listen to my interview with Renee right HERE.


In a day and age when many interviews are limited to a few sound bites, this is a full discussion about “Making your non-profit a welcome place for young professionals” (approximately 40 minutes). If you are not sure about investing in such a commitment, I invite you to listen to Renee’s brief summary of our discussion, which is available above. If you decide from there that you want to hear more, I’ve taken the liberty of informally categorizing the discussion topics and their place in the audio file:

00:00 Introduction Of Nonprofit Spark
00:45 Introduction Of Today’s Topic
02:20 Q1:  Introducing LiveWorkPlay
02:50 Q2:  Explaining The Shift From Programmatic To Social Change
04:15 Q3:  How Did Things Go Wrong, Early Years? Corrections Made?
09:00 Q4:  Who Figured Out The Need For Change?
10:10 Q5:  Why Is LiveWorkPlay Attractive To Youth?
11:50 Q6:  How Do Young Staff Get Mission-Involved From The Start?
15:15 Q7:  How Does Horizontal Leadership Work?
17:30 Q7:  How Important Is It To Invest In Technology?
21:15 Q8:  Why Does Social Media Matter So Much?
25:45 Q9:  How Important Is Training & Coaching?
29:00 Q10: How Do You Build Trusting Staff Relationships?
32:15 Q11: What Else Do Young Professionals Appreciate?
33:45 Q12: LiveWorkPlay Is Investing Where Others Have Slashed?
36:00 Q13: What Is The Big News About A Pending Award?
38:00 Q14: Do Young Professionals Need To Frequently Change Jobs?
40:00 Host Summary

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About Keenan Wellar

I'm a citizen of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) and co-leader of local social change charitable organization LiveWorkPlay.ca which supports a good life for people with intellectual disabilities. I'm a very active user of social media. Find me on Facebook http://fb.me/kwellar on Twitter @SocialKeenan on LinkedIn http://tiny.cc/keenanw. I also manage organizational accounts http://fb.me/liveworkplayfans and @LiveWorkPlay. I make a lot of connections locally and worldwide with people who share my belief in inclusive communities, but I also talk sports, food, and travel, and there are few topics that offend me, so please don't be shy.
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