Research shows that feeling respected and appreciated in the workplace or as a volunteer helps individuals feel more engaged and happier in their role in the organization. Those positive feelings translate into higher productivity and longer retention in their roles. This session will provide insights and specific tools anyone can use to help build a culture of appreciation that benefits staff, volunteers and the organization’s mission.
Sue Kirkland is a former teacher and counselor in public schools in her home state of Michigan, where she received her BA in English and secondary education at Michigan State University, and her MA in counseling at Siena Heights University. She spent the greater part of her full-time professional career working with volunteers and staff, starting in the Cooperative Extension Service of Michigan State University, then moving to her learning and organizational development career with the American Cancer Society (ACS) in local, state and national roles.
She has taught seminars for the ACS and other nonprofits throughout the country, and in workshops and conferences in England, Ireland, Russia and Mexico. She is now providing support and training to local nonprofits in her consulting business, Sue Kirkland, Life Consulting. Leaving full-time work has allowed her to take on volunteer roles in the Lawrence Township Community Foundation, Princeton Community Works, and to continue as a member of the Core Team for the ACS’s Run for Dad.
Sue and her husband, Mitch Leibowitz, a recently retired United Airlines Captain, live in Princeton. They financially support a number of nonprofits and provide a “furever” home for three rescue cats.
You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org