Q: As the CEO of the 501(c)(3) non-profit, The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization (centered on mentorship, discipleship, STEM, and business training), what do you wish you could tell your younger self?
I wish I could tell my younger self that,
“Your dreams are worth reaching for.”
As a young girl, I was very timid and shy, and I really didn’t believe in my self-worth. I was a natural born leader, but I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence to make my own decisions. I would tell my younger self to,
“Trust your instincts and believe in what inspires you – because God put it there for a reason.”
Q: As an entrepreneur coach, what are two key skills women need to be successful in launching a non-profit?
As a coach, I recommend two things for women interested in starting their own non-profit organizations:
1. Gain knowledge and wisdom from CEOs in the non-profit industry. Nothing beats hands-on experience! You will need this kind of first-person insight to start and run a successful non-profit organization.
2. Start with the highest “need-based” priority first.
The kind of women I consult with that are ready to launch their own non-profits either have multiple services they want to supply, or multiple communities they want to serve. My recommendation is to start with the highest “need-based” service first, and to serve the community that is the easiest to reach and raise funding for. Once this is done, that individual can then integrate additional services, programming and communities into their business model along the way.