Those who say “I am doing it" - their character is praiseworthy. And then there are those who say “It is done” – they are treasures to cherish.
Witness our Center in March 2019. We could no longer hold our face-to-face classes. As an entity that takes pride in metaphorically putting our arms around the shoulders of our colleagues to walk together and to learn and improve together, we were at a loss. But not for long. Kate Tolliver,
then Center Coordinator, spearheaded our deep dive into virtual learning. With Anh Pham
, our Webmaster and Administrative Assistant as her partner, Kate created the most successful and attended learning opportunities in our 22 years.
Together, she and I realized that the turbulent and uncertain times required personal and professional self-care, even above professional competency. She took that idea and built our program. In one year, the number of our learning opportunities, increased 523% to over 160; registrants increased 1019% to over 4000; our instruction hours increased 75% to over 200; and our contact hours increased 358% to over 5200. Exceptional success by any measure.
Yes, as Center Director
, I had some hand in all of it. But the lion’s share of innovative ideas and the preponderance of implementation rested with Kate.
Competence aside, Kate’s empathy, compassion, and passion for all who are engaged in our nonprofit arena, and for the monumental work of our nonprofit practitioners and sector, make her an invaluable counselor and partner as Nonprofit Austin readies itself for significant new ventures in the coming months. (Watch for an announcement soon.)
All who interact with Kate know that all I have said above is understatement. She is a colleague and partner par excellence.
Join me in congratulating her in her new role of Manager, Nonprofit Austin – Center for Nonprofit Studies. Watch with me as she continues to help move us forward to meet the expanding workforce development needs of our nonprofit community.
Director, Nonprofit Austin – Center for Nonprofit Studies
In mid-October, we launch our search to fill the Coordinator role Kate has vacated. If you are interested in joining our small but bold team, check out the job description at: https://eapps.austincc.edu/ehire/jobdesc/public_jobdesc.php?titleid=101526
and apply via https://eapps.austincc.edu/ehire/posting/
when the search goes live on October 19th