Episode 9: A conversation with Marissa Hoover

Marissa Hoover, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Penn State University-Harrisburg, is driven and admits on occasion of putting the cart before the horse.  However, this champion fundraiser knows how to get it done and raise money. She offers advice on how to be curious and it is not just about having passion for the organisation, but also having passion as a fundraiser. Collaboration is a critical component in securing those big gifts that have a collective impact. She explains the importance of the checks and balances after a gift is secured so the people within the organisation deliver on a gift. Listen to acquire valuable insight on building relationships that can help your career.  

Episode 8: A conversation with John Buchanan

John Buchanan, former coach of the Australian cricket team, provides insight on leadership, how to manage the “game changers,” and ethics. He never dreamed of being the Australian coach, but rather dreamed of being the best coach he could be. The recent ethics scandal surrounding the Australian cricket team is a reminder that all organisations are vulnerable to a fall out resulting from poor decisions made by one individual or a few—”the standard you walk by is the standard you accept.” Listen to this experienced leader and learn about tactics that you can use to help your organisation or your career.

Episode 7: A conversation with Carolyn Hamer-Smith

Trekking in the Himalayas was a life-changing experience that motivated Carolyn Hamer-Smith, CEO of the Australian Himalayan Foundation, to move from the corporate sector to the non-profit world. Leading an international non-governmental organisation Carolyn provides insight on coordinating with multiple governments and non-profit partners. She also shares what the Foundation does to develop a sponsorship that is really a partnership and describes how yesterday’s stewardship practices aren’t enough for today’s donors.