YNPN St. Louis has a diverse membership supported by many disciplines of the nonprofit sector. Our members come from over 70 nonprofits in St. Louis and six universities. We would like to highlight some of our great members starting with Chrissy Beck, a Community Development Manager for Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.
- How long have you lived in St. Louis? My family moved to St. Louis from Topeka, Kansas when I was 6 months old. From the Cardinals to City Garden and the Arch, St. Louis is where my heart is
- How did you get involved in YNPN? Google. I was perusing the internet looking for an affordable professional development and networking group, and it was like magic. I was pleased to find a few old friends at some of the events, and excited to meet some great new connections. The YNPN community has helped me develop who I am as a nonprofit professional through their workshops, and connected me with other professionals that I know I can come to with questions and advice.
- Why have you focused your career on the nonprofit sector? I have found that I am happiest doing for others. In the nonprofit world I feel that my job is not a job, but rather a great experience helping the community. I love being surrounded by people that share in the same mission and value the importance of offering their services to others. The perks of working nonprofit include going into work and be feeling challenged, knowing that everyday holds something new and exciting, and feeling confident that my work is meaningful.
- What advice would you give to young professionals considering a nonprofit job?Go where your heart is. There is such a range of nonprofits out there that finding the organization that benefits the cause you are most passionate about will allow you to get the best experience out of your employment. I would also suggest building a strong mentor relationship with someone that you admire and respect. A great coach will take you places you never imagined.
- If you could learn a new skill, what would it be? Baking. Growing up my mom and grandmother always made the best pies and homemade bread. I would like my kids to experience the warm, comforting feeling of coming in from playing outside and being welcomed with a piece of warm apple pie, without a burnt crust! Professionally, I would love to learn more about graphic design and marketing. I feel that I have a lot of artistic creativity that is itching to be utilized.
- What do you hope to accomplish that you haven't yet? I want to perfect my management and leadership skills. I have grown significantly in this area through my time with the Girl Scouts and am looking forward to eventually taking on a leadership role within the organization.
- What has been your favorite YNPN STL event? Why? I really enjoyed the happy hour that YNPN, CSPRC and MVMA had together last year. It was encouraging and inspiring to be able to network with professionals from each organization. Through this time I was able to build connections and relationships with professionals that I respect and admire professionally, people who help mentor, support and challenge me in my growth.
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