This guest blog post is written by Erin Suelmann, Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis
Do you ever feel alone in your job? You’re standing in the middle of your busy office, busy home, or in the midst of 2,500 people at your walk, but you still feel like no one else really “gets it?” As the ED of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis, I feel this way frequently! Whether you are in charge of finances, programs, grants, volunteers, development, the board, or the entire association, I think everyone feels like they are in their own world sometimes. That balancing it all is impossible.
Well, you’re not! It’s not! DSAIA, and our big, wonderful network of amazing, passionate people are out there just waiting for you to connect. I know this not only because I am on the board of directors of the DSAIA with some of the most impressive people I’ve ever known, but also because I currently participate in DSAIA Leaders’ Circles. Whether you are struggling with program attendance, are looking to diversify revenue with planned giving, are going through a strategic plan, or just want to celebrate a huge victory for your association, DSAIA is there. Our network of professionals knows exactly what you are going through because we are going through it too!
I have met so many wonderful people through DSAIA since I joined seven years ago and the Leaders’ Circles have helped me form more personal relationships with colleagues who “get it.” It is such a comfort knowing that there are other people just a phone call or email away willing and excited to share their knowledge and experience to help my association grow. It is also such a joy to know that I can share my successes with other leaders to help them grow their capacity. The Leaders’ Circles, because they are monthly scheduled calls, make brainstorming, sharing, problem solving and celebrating, part of my routine. What a gift?
This holiday season, give yourself the gift of DSAIA membership and a network of experts and friends across the country. We can’t wait to connect with you!