I know. I know. You’ve been to so many fundraising seminars that you often know the punchline before the presenter has even started. In fact, you’ve probably presented your own fair share of workshops. Of course, there are some terrific presenters out there with some great content. However, at this stage of the game, you’ve seen most of what has been “packaged” for general consumption and, understandably, much of it is geared to those in the earlier stages of their careers.

In my last staff role as a CDO, what I really enjoyed and benefited from were the in-depth conversations with my peers from other organizations. You know, the conversations that happen with a small group of colleagues over lunch at a big conference. Or when you bump up against a super sticky situation with a donor or a board member and you pick up the phone to get an outside perspective from someone you trust. Sadly, because everyone is so busy, either a great deal of effort or a lot of serendipity is required for these conversations to happen with any kind of consistency. And I say “sadly” because, for me, it was within these conversations that the magic happened. I felt heard, understood, and often walked away feeling more inspired and energized to take the next step. I also felt a kind of camaraderie that let me know I was not alone and that others were experiencing similar issues.

As an executive coach, fundraising consultant, and entrepreneur, I often seek the counsel of my colleagues in the field. In fact, one of the coolest things I’ve done is join a mastermind group consisting of other women entrepreneurs who share ideas, challenge each others’ thinking, and encourage one another to step outside of our comfort zones. The conversations are rich, relevant, and in real time. I love it! It’s one of the highlights of my week. And, it got me thinking…

A Mastermind Group for Senior Fundraising Professionals
Yes! A mastermind group for my sisters and brothers who are at the top of their game as fundraising professionals and still want to connect, learn, and grow within a small, supportive group of equally smart, successful, and innovative peers. Does this sound like something you would be interested in? Why or why not? I’d love to hear from you. And if you are inspired and would like to learn more about the group that is launching in May, click here. In the meantime, if you have a challenging situation, reach out to someone you know and who’s opinion you trust. Ask for their support and guidance. Offer yours in return. After all, what is the message we’ve heard our entire careers at every workshop we’ve ever been to? It’s all about relationships, right? And that’s a beautiful thing.

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