Conscious Aging: Pro Bono Consulting

Yesterday I had my first meeting with two whip-smart and dedicated young founders of an emerging non-profit, a pro bono consultation organized by a very savvy philanthropic advisor from the Seattle Foundation. I’m somewhat bemused that my age is probably just about the collective total of their three ages. That said, the ninety minute session went great — from my perspective, and according to their feedback. I didn’t feel for a moment out of touch, or as if what I had to say no longer applies to today’s workplace or to growing a young non-profit.

There are certain areas where I wouldn’t have much of value to say: media strategy, for example, or technology support. But I know a lot about leadership, and growth, and fund-raising, and a good bit about branding and marketing.

I look forward to continuing with this — we have four more 90 minute sessions to go. And I’m going to visit one of the schools where mentoring is happening, to get an on-the-ground feel for the project.

I had a busy day after the meeting, and got home right around 9pm. I had a bit of the old sense, the sense while I was working, that the more you have to do, the more efficient you are at doing it. I think it’s good for me to get a bit of that back — I’m still good at juggling, and I’m fine at working those muscles back to something resembling peak form.

4 thoughts on “Conscious Aging: Pro Bono Consulting

  1. It’s great that you are doing the pro-bono consulting. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I would continue to do when I retire, one day, that would utilize the skills / expertise that I’ve developed over a long career. There are many organizations who would benefit from your talent, on your own terms.

    For me, I just filed incorporation papers for a non-profit foundation, Fairy Godmother Foundation of New York. This will be work that I can do for the rest of my life. I found I had to build new dreams, once the dreams in my career were met. Your memoir is a great example of a new dream.

  2. for Katie: Love the idea of FG Foundation — what will be the focus? I agree with you that we have to build new dreams — that work never stops, as long as we are alive. I’m not sure I knew that when I was younger.

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