Amanda* works in risk management for a financial firm in New York City. Having a passion for community service, Amanda volunteered throughout her childhood, and college studies on missions trips, alternative spring breaks hurricane relief efforts and STEM programs for youth. As an adult, Amanda knew there was more she could do, and as she helped her community, she would also help herself become a leader.
Last winter, Amanda helped coordinate an event at her firm for employees to learn about local nonprofits and hear inspiring stories from panelists about their time devoted as board members. Little did she know, she would be one of the employees inspired to get more involved. It was there that she learned about the United Way of New York City and BoardServeNYC. Before the night was over, Amanda was signed up and accepted into an upcoming BoardServeNYC program session.
“The training gave me a new appreciation for how much work, time, and energy it takes to be a valuable board member,” said Amanda. “Learning about the expectations for nonprofit board members—especially the need for a well-structured charger and the criticality of the perspectives of my firm’s board members, and to prepare me to serve on a board myself one day.”
Today, Amada is an active member of UWNYC’s Young Leaders Council (YLC) Executive Committee. Serving on the committee has helped her both personally and professionally, improving her leadership skills, public speaking, strategic thinking, and negotiation ability. Amada has even served as a panel member for the YLC Impact Series where she shared her passion for helping the community and helped motivate other young professionals to give back.
“The chance that sharing my story could influence just one person to go out there and do something positive for our City is a wonderful thing,” said Amanda. “The BoardServeNYC program and my experience volunteering with United Way of New York City has made me an overall better person.”
*Names changed to protect identity.*