Episode 24: A conversation with Gretchen Dobson

Gretchen Dobson is President, Global Alumni Relations and Managing Director Academic Assembly, NYC & Australia. Learn how to stay connected to your constituent base regardless of their location—people are global and mobile today.  Gretchen provides a plethora of strategies to achieve this including using soft power or relational diplomacy. She covers the nuances of working in different countries ensuring your engagement program is not another example of trying to put a square peg into a round hole.  The investment in an engagement program is covered along with the ROI.  Although Gretchen covers the ground with respect to university alumni programming, many of the tips shared will benefit any organisation seeking to enhance its engagement program.

Episode 23: A conversation with Tandin Wangmo

Tandin Wangmo is the Executive Director of RENEW, a non-profit located in Bhutan. In pursuit of its vision in creating a gender-based violence-free happy society, RENEW aspires to better the lives of women by helping them gain the skills necessary to achieve their goals as socially and economically independent members of society.  Tandin shares her insights in working with various government agencies that support RENEW’s work and the importance of the volunteer network vital to the services that RENEW offers in the communities.  Listen to this episode to acquire a better perspective on leadership demonstrated by Tandin and the work she doing.

Episode 22: A conversation with Phil Forrest

Phil Forrest is an experienced director of non-profit Boards (e.g. Singapore Institute of Directors and Australian-ASEAN Chamber of Commerce) and for-profit Boards (e.g. TerraCom Ltd and Readymix Holdings International).  Phil speaks to the importance of Board solidarity and what Boards look for in recruiting a new member.  The non-profit professional who works with Boards or is seeking a Board position will benefit listening to Phil’s sage advice.