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“… board service has allowed me to develop an entirely new set of diverse skills…” February 6, 2012

Filed under: Lead,The Bridge — seattleworks @ 10:47 pm

Last week we received this incredible testimonial about our leadership program, The Bridge:

“Serving in my second year on the board of a U-District community center, I feel confident in saying The Bridge is worthwhile for new and existing board members. Board service is a profession of itself with all the unique non-profit governance, operation, and funding characteristics. The majority of board members understandably are not in careers that mirror the diverse responsibilities board service often requires. Here the Bridge succeeds in providing a bridge, especially for new board members, to bring energy to non-profits while being able to immediately provide value.


My experience serving as the Treasurer for the University Heights Center for the Community Association (UHCCA) has been exceptionally rewarding. Beyond my Treasurer responsibilities, I’ve participated in redrafting our bylaws, Chairing the Finance and ED Annual Evaluation Committee, and working on multiple Historic Preservation and Capitol Projects. For a young professional, board service has allowed me to develop an entirely new set of diverse skills and make contacts in areas I would never have had the opportunity in my current profession. Making my small contribution to the world feels tremendous but an often overlooked benefit that I make sure to bring up to young professionals considering board service is the huge impact serving will have in your career. The diversity of skills employed by non-profit board service will inevitably improve your standing with any employer and simply young professionals will not work at the level of an organization that board service avails until much later in their careers.”

-Rylan Knuttgen


Interested in gaining these skills and serving on a nonprofit board? Our next two offerings of The Bridge are:

  • Sats 2/25 & 3/3, 10am – 2pm at The 2100 Building (2100 24th Ave S)
  • Tues 4/10, 4/24 & 5/8, 6 – 9pm at HSDC (1625 19th Ave)


SIGN UP! Registration for both sessions is now open.


One Response to ““… board service has allowed me to develop an entirely new set of diverse skills…””

  1. Tegan Says:

    Woo yeah, Rylan!

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