This webinar introduces newcomers to the nonprofit sector, providing a wealth of information about how to find the right match. Laura Gassner Otting, who heads the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, explains the different types of nonprofit, trends in the field, myths and stereotypes, organizational life cycles, and more. She offers specific job search tips on topics ranging from resumes and cover letters to networking and strategy.
She urges experienced professionals to jump in, noting, "Great opportunities exist for corporate career changes in these organizations, as long as you don't try to transition the organization too quickly."
Laura Gassner Otting has spent the last 20 years working to strengthen organizations that weave our social and civic fabric. More than half of that time has been as the CEO of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, a firm she founded to ensure that all nonprofits, regardless of their budget size and geographic footprint, had access to the most effective methods of securing that all important resource of talent. Over the past 11 years, she and her team have placed hundreds of leaders in nonprofits with budgets from $250,000 to $450,000,000, in the United States and around the world.
Prior to founding the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group in 2002, Laura helped build the startup ExecSearches.com, a leading website for mid-to senior-level nonprofit job postings, and served as a vice president at Isaacson, Miller, one of the most highly respected nonprofit executive search firms in the country. Previously, Laura served as a presidential appointee for the White House Office of National Service and a program officer for the Corporation for Nationaland Community Service where she was part of the team that created AmeriCorps, and as a member of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team and 1992 Election Team. Laura holds a Master of Arts in political management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in government from The University of Texas at Austin.
Laura serves on the boards of College Bound Dorchester, the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University, and Newton Montessori School. She is a founding board member of SheGives, a philanthropy marketplace catalyzing support for a broad range of philanthropies around Boston. She has served as a member of the board of Camp Starfish and the Alumni Board of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University and as the founding board chair of both Strong Women, Strong Girls, and the Boston Choral Ensemble. Laura is a curator for TedxBeaconStreet in Boston. New to the sport of running, but always up for a challenge, Laura recently completed the 2012 Boston and Chicago Marathons, in both cases, raising significant money for charities in the process.
Also, Laura is the author of “Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector” and is widely quoted for her expertise in mission-driven work in publications like The New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Money magazine. RSVP today!