Gallup polling has consistently found that less than a third of American employees are engaged with their jobs. Employees want their skills used, their potential encouraged, and their voices heard. Recruitment and retention suffer when workplace culture fosters disengagement and leaves new managers without the training to support staff. Kathy is an experienced nonprofit leader with a track record of creating nurturing workplace environments. She can provide training and support through retreats, workshops, and individual coaching.
Perhaps a young organization is just grown-up enough to know it needs to get its house in order. Perhaps an older organization has put mission before process for so many years that its work is now suffering. These are just two reasons why a nonprofit might consider doing a thorough organizational assessment. Kathy brings the experience necessary to guide board and staff through a comprehensive assessment of strengths and weaknesses. She can help your organization develop a step-by-step action plan that will establish a firm foundation of good governance -- enabling your service efforts to thrive.
Interim Executive Director
An organization also may enter assessment-mode due to the planned or unplanned departure of its staff leader. Hiring an interim executive director allows for a period of purposeful transition in which board and staff take time to focus on identifying their organization's long-term needs. Skillful leadership during this period allows all concerned to process thoughts and feelings before moving on to welcome a new long-term leader. Kathy is an experienced executive director who previously served as interim for a large regional food bank and for a national civil rights organization. She is available to serve as interim executive director for Washington, DC human services nonprofits during times of leadership transition.
Gender Issues in the Nonprofit Sector
GuideStar reports that women lead 55% of our smallest nonprofits, but only 18% of our largest nonprofits -- while female chief executives are paid less in nonprofits of all sizes. And just as in the business world, work-life balance can be a key issue in the nonprofit sector. Instead of the profit motive, altruism and tight finances sometimes can combine to push staff beyond their limits. Kathy draws from her experiences as a woman in nonprofit leadership -- as well as the wisdom of provocative writers such as Sheryl Sandberg and Anne-Marie Slaughter -- to provide workshops and individual consulting addressing gender issues in our sector.
Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation - for organizations addressing homelessness and poverty
In the ceaseless press of direct service work, even great nonprofit organizations often find it hard to make time to keep up with best practices in the field, or to consistently evaluate their own work. Kathy is a highly-trained researcher who also has deep experience developing and leading programs serving homeless and very low-income people. She can help you investigate best practices relevant to your organization's work, or focus on evaluating a program you want to improve.