A “Bright Spot” In a Year of Service – Blog Post by Luke Crumbaker
I have been assisting Debbie with Shine the Light conferences since I began my VISTA service in the fall of 2015. I have found these conferences to be incredibly rewarding and a fantastic development opportunity for current and future nonprofit leaders. She has always recruited the bests speakers that have been able to catalyze positive thinking and promote healthy change in many organizations.
The latest conferences, focused on Vibrancy, was equally as riveting as any I’ve taken part in. Working with Executive Directors from many different organizations as they sought ways to make their organizations more vibrant and productive was very helpful for someone like myself who is seeking a career as a nonprofit professional. It’s always great to watch leaders develop new and innovative solutions to problems that plague the industry.
It’s intriguing to see the way that organizations react to the lessons that Debbie has brought to Greenville through the Shine the Light forums. Discussing ways to engage staff and define values creates interesting avenues of conversation that lead to creative ideas surfacing from some of Greenville’s sharpest minds. Everybody wants to be a part of a mission-driven organization, but what does that look like in reality? Discussions on ways to value statements into real action rather than words on the website excited the audience and created brilliant revelations for how leaders should work with their staff and their clients.
Past events were also helpful for understanding organizational issues. Jovian Zayne facilitated a wonderful conversation about how to build office culture, as well as how to bring millenials into your workforce. She emphasized professional development as the key to keeping your employees engaged and happy and created a wonderful environment for the audience to ask questions and discuss her presentation.
Shine the Light has been a bright spot in my year of service, and I hope that you have the opportunity to attend of these phenomenal events here in Greenville!
Luke Crumbaker grew up in Easley, South Carolina. He moved to Greenville to attend Furman University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2014. Luke then joined AmeriCorps VISTA to give back to the community and begin a career in nonprofit work.