New Podcast Episode: Being Fearless with Phantom of the Opera’s Leading Lady Sandra Joseph

Sandra Joseph is a history-making Broadway star, a #1 international Amazon bestselling author, and a keynote speaker. Her legendary run as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera spanned ten years and more than 1,300 performances. She earned the record as the longest-running leading lady in the longest-running Broadway show of all time. She has been seen on numerous national broadcasts, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, The Today Show, Dateline, The Early Show, The View, and Oprah: Where Are They Now?

Sandra joins John Valencia on the Good For Others Podcast to empower people to use their voices. Sandra explains, that as a keynote speaker, she is able to inspire audiences to become world-class performers and unmask what matters most in their lives and careers.

Sandra is the author of Unmasking What Matters: 10 Life Lessons from 10 Years on Broadway. She is also the coauthor, with five-time New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss, of Your Creative Soul: Expressing Your Authentic Voice. Sandra is married to her costar from The Phantom of the Opera, actor Ron Bohmer. They currently reside in Southern California.

Check out more of Sandra’s work on her website

New Podcast Episode: Say “Yes” and Change Your Life with Kara DeFrias

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Take a leap, say “yes” and change your life! Good For Others Host John Valencia and special guest Kara DeFrias talk about finding the courage to say “yes” to life opportunities can lead to ultimate contentment. From the theatre, the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and even to the White House as an Obama Presidential Fellow, learn how Kara’s decision to say “yes” in times of uncertainty has transformed her life and made it a fun, creative, and meaningful journey.

Kara DeFrias’ background is a mix of private and public sector experience, including Director of UX for Vice President Biden at the White House. She’s currently Chief of Staff for QuickBooks Online Platform at Intuit. Prior, Kara spent 4 years at TurboTax and received an appointment to the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows. In the latter, she served as an entrepreneur in residence, reimagining the relationship between the government and the people from a technology perspective. She was senior advisor to 18F’s executive team, TEDxIntuit founder, and Oscars and Super Bowl staff.

Kara does pro-bono digital strategy for the likes of Team Rubicon; spent ten days in rural India teaching micro-entrepreneur women human-centered design; and guest lectures at the University of California San Diego STEM Academy for high school girls. She graduated summa cum laude from Penn State with a master’s in instructional design and was a finalist for San Diego Woman of the Year.

Check out more of Kara’s work on her website

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Nonprofit Institute Announces COVID-19 Survey Results

Key findings from the April survey findings include:

  • Demand for nonprofit services is increasing while 71% of nonprofits are experiencing a service disruption.
  • Three-quarters of all nonprofits report loss of fee-for-service revenue.
  • Over 60% of all nonprofits report a decline in individual donations.
  • There has been a significant and unprecedented reduction of the nonprofit workforce with 53% reporting staff furloughs, layoffs, reduced hours, and/or reduced pay and more layoffs expected in the future.
  • Nonprofits are responding to new demands and challenges by shifting programs online, working remotely, and collaborating in new ways.
  • Beyond needing essential financial support, nonprofits need assistance with reevaluating fundraising strategies, financial scenario planning and managing stress and anxiety of staff and clients.

For more about this report, visit: The Nonprofit Institute Report

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New Podcast Episode: Building Employee Community Engagement with Warren Ruis

Learn how building a culture of employee community engagement can increase morale, brand loyalty, and help the world.

Good For Others Host John Valencia and special guest Warren Ruis, chat about how the many ways employee community engagement can transform workplace culture and support nonprofits in the process.

Warren Ruis is San Diego Gas & Electric’s Director of Regional Public Affairs.  Hear how he became an advocate and leverages his professional role to help his hometown. Listen to best practices on how you can get your company involved in transformative and meaningful ways in your local community.

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Nonprofits Need Your Support Now More Than Ever

COVID-19 is changing the landscape for the future. As businesses reinvent how they will stay alive through these difficult times and prepare for reopening, the uncertainty for nonprofits is even direr. Similar to for-profit businesses, nonprofits were not prepared for a pandemic. Most nonprofits live on a very tight budget with limited cash on hand and most of their livelihood dependant on individuals, foundations, corporations and government funding to keep their doors open.

Right now there is a lot of attention on businesses trying to keep their lights on, but what about the nonprofits terrified about their future? Now is the time to support your favorite nonprofit and donate. Think of all the nonprofits that will be forced to cease operations. Money is tight for everyone right now, but if you want to see your favorite nonprofit make it through COVID-19, then go to their website right now and make a donation.

Nonprofits are scrambling to turn in-person fundraising events and programs into virtual opportunities. Think about how hard that will be for each organization to provide the meaningful experience one gets in an in-person event now switching to a virtual format. We must support these organizations. Sign up for virtual events and figure out how to encourage your friends and family to join you. We must unite and support nonprofits now as they quickly try to figure out how to keep their supporters engaged. Go now to your favorite charity’s website and make a donation, even if you already gave this year. Then go to social media and urge all your friends to do the same.

Join the #LoveMyNonprofits Challenge by using this hashtag on social media when you encourage your friends in helping to keep nonprofits alive! Who’s with me?

Podcast Episode: Hiring Best Practices for Employers and Candidates with Trevor Blair

Hear about hiring best practices from the employer and candidate perspectives! Good For Others host John Valencia and special guest Trevor Blair chat about tools everyone can use to help hire the right person for the job. Trevor is a workforce expert. In 2016, Trevor launched Blair Search Partners which provides recruiting and executive search services for mission-driven organizations in San Diego and Orange Counties. In addition to Trevor’s passion for service and workforce development, his firm also offers coaching services for San Diegans undergoing a career transition.

Hear about hiring best practices from the employer and candidate perspectives!  Good For Others host John Valencia and special guest Trevor Blair chat about tools everyone can use to help hire the right person for the job. 

Trevor is a workforce expert.  In 2016, Trevor launched Blair Search Partners which provides recruiting and executive search services for mission-driven organizations in San Diego and Orange Counties.  In addition to Trevor’s passion for service and workforce development, his firm also offers coaching services for San Diegans undergoing a career transition.