We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Euber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When we talk about risk, it’s rarely a decision between no risk and 100% risk. Instead, there’s a gradient, and we often are left to consider where a particular action lands on the scale. To complicate things further, “no risk” is not always the best course of action. In fact, I’d argue it’s rarely what gets things done and brings positive change to organizations and broader communities. I believe I am at my best as a leader when I enable others to be comfortable taking risks. Being comfortable with risks allows you to engage with more stretch projects and dare to do things that seemed a little too out of reach otherwise. It allows for growth and a greater feeling of ownership.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
YNPN Phoenix is a network of diverse thought leaders dedicated to creating a thriving, resilient, and inclusive social sector in Phoenix. We’re not just interested in developing the sector’s next generation of leaders – we’re dedicated to helping them envision and build a social sector that is more equitable and impactful than ever before. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Arizona, YNPN Phoenix focused on offering a sense of community and self-care resources to our audience. Then, noting that most COVID-19 resources were not geared toward young nonprofit professionals, we recognized the need to be a leader in providing education to them in these uncertain times. From that perspective, we organized our first day-long conference virtually and continue on with our programming with topics like fundraising, financials, marketing, the nonprofit’s role in our current civil rights movement, and more. With YNPN Phoenix, professionals who are early in their career have a place to gain the professional development and networking they need to not only thrive in the sector but to be a part of building an incredible path forward. You can learn about, join, and support YNPN Phoenix at our website, ynpnphoenix.org.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Phoenix – Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona Science Center, Downtown Phoenix mural and coffee shop walk, Heard Musem, Phoenix Art Museum, and food from The Coronado.
Tucson – Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, the Sonoran Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park, Mount Lemmon, Reid Park Zoo, a mural walk downtown, MSA Annex, and food from Zemam’s Ethiopian Cuisine.
Other – Petrified Forest National Park, Flagstaff, Oatman, Bisbee, and Grand Canyon National Park
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give a shout out to all board members, past and present, of YNPN Phoenix. Seeing them work incredibly hard as volunteers has been so inspiring. This is an incredibly close community always inviting to others who are excited about the nonprofit sector and its future. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their belief in me, friendship, and vision. I can’t imagine taking the leadership role I’m in at my current organization (SARSEF) without all I’ve learned from working with them.