A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator
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Know your value. — There are many nonprofits out there — thousands in fact. Even within the same disease there can be many nonprofits pursuing a similar mission. It’s important to not be a copycat organization and understand what unique value you are trying to introduce into that world; we all have a role to play. Cure Rare Disease clearly defined our niche: developing tailor-made therapeutics for rare genetic diseases. To my knowledge, we are one of the only nonprofit organizations in this space, so we are able to move it forward in a targeted way. Equally important is understanding…


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Stop Assuming- Black people and Brown people and LGBT+ people are not simply skin colors, sexual orientations, or gender identities. They are full whole people. Do not assume that every person with this identity wants to speak on behalf of everyone. Do not assume that everyone in a marginalized community wants to talk about their identity. Don’t assume that a person’s professional expertise is in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. …


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Revitalize local media. A huge conundrum, but one that may be on the verge of solutions now that we’ve witnesses the role of social media in spreading rampant misinformation. One idea that makes sense is to tax or fine mega-platforms and dedicate funds to local nonprofit journalism or other media outlets that produce local content. …


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Great leaders are great listeners, and they empower all stakeholders to feel equally important to the mission or objective. Leaders should invite feedback, create environments for constructive criticism and push others to achieve their potential.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Donovan Casanave.

Donovan is the Support Service Manager for Supplier Diversity and Diversity Outreach at Shell. In this capacity, Donovan serves as the liaison between the small, minority- and woman-owned business community and the internal procurement pipeline, with a focus on Shell’s inclusion efforts.

Donovan…


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The importance of networking and influencers — I was of the belief that my career would take care of itself if I put my head down and worked hard. However, I learned that intent-based effort is necessary to further one’s career. It’s a great idea to become part of the community and network regularly. Find a niche that interests you and immerse yourself. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should attend every networking event you hear about; effective connecting happens when you foster relationships in your network through genuine outreach.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an…


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Be Yourself — Pulling from a classic, there is a line from the movie Aladdin where the genie tells Aladdin to stop impersonating the rich and famous Prince Ali Ababwa and start being who he was: Aladdin. While this is a childhood lesson, I often see people in the corporate environment not be who they are. Yet, I have found that the more me I am, the more I am able to leverage my skills and personality to bring people together and deliver great work.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I…


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Share your passion on a public platform: Just start somewhere. The hardest part is putting that first piece of content out there. I thought about starting a cooking blog for about a year before I posted my first piece of content because I was in my own head that it had to be perfect. Check out the first couple videos in my Insta feed and you can see they are much rougher around the edges than my more recent content.

As part of our series about how to become known as a thought leader in your industry, I had the…


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You serve many others as a non-profit leader. At the head of this line should always be your customer/client, but defining that customer/client isn’t easy. Sure, the people for whom you render services are your customers, but so are your donors. Your board is also a customer, they’re volunteers who provide support for your mission, for whom your efforts at care and feeding are critical. Each of these groups are stakeholders, and your job is to align those stakeholders. That’s far from easy, and sometimes near impossible. Your mission is the touchstone to which you can always return, because it’s…


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Finally, I wish someone could have told me about the root of “living a purpose-driven life” when I first started linking up to lift up others. You see, we are not inherently born knowing what feeling purposeful feels like, so we mentally create a rosy prototype to satisfy our “living a life of purpose” stereotype. When in fact many people get to “living a life of purpose” after having survived a life-altering tragedy. Therefore, I wish I could have been told the ugly truth about institutional racism and how it breaks you down; especially when you are trying to move…


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Don’t comment negatively on something that somebody can’t change in 10 seconds. Sure, if someone has lipstick on their teeth- please tell them! They’ll appreciate you. They won’t appreciate you, however, if you tell them you think they’d be prettier 50 pounds thinner.

As a part of my interview series about the things we can each do to make social media and the internet a kinder and more tolerant place, I had the pleasure to interview Shyla Day.

Shyla Day is a young award-winning singer/songwriter, TikTok Influencer, TEDx Speaker, best-selling author, and International Humanitarian. Her personal brand has garnered over…

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