Jane Billbe - SVP Operations and Organizational Health, Seattle Metro Chamber
Christine Martin, Partner and Co-Founder, Valtas Group
As we began to prepare this posting earlier this summer, COVID was fading, vaccines were rising, and reopening in September 2021 seemed to be the focus for many of our clients and community partners. What a difference a month can make! The Delta variant and all of the uncertainty have led to significant delays in reopening plans for most organizations. It seems like each day there is new information for leaders to consider as they work to keep their staff, clients, and community safe while delivering on their mission. Our Reopening “GPS” continues to be “recalculating our route” with no one best path forward, but we hope these thoughts are helpful as you consider strategies for your organization.
Valtas Group is pleased to announce that Emily Lee has joined our executive search team.
Emily brings a varied background from her seven years with a boutique Human Resources consulting firm and eight years of experience with a school district. She has a strong focus on customer service, administration, and relationship management. Emily has excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a successful track record of fostering innovation to keep pace with rapid changes in school and business environments.
Our very own Christine Martin was recently featured on John Martinka's (Martinka Consulting) podcast series, "Getting the Deal Done." Listen to her explain why and how Valtas Group was founded, market conditions for non-profits, mistakes that non-profits may be making, and how business people can add value to a non-profit organization.
As told by a nonprofit CEO somewhere in the US
I had a great conversation with the CEO of a nonprofit about managing through crises – as we all have been doing this past year. He talked about trust and honest communication. He listens to his board and communicates frequently and openly. He understands that boards ask hard questions because they are stewards of a precious community asset. But that also means they have to understand the clients they serve.
“Editor’s note: Our community includes many exceptional leaders. From time to time, Valtas gives voice to them by including their commentary in our blog. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!”
No question about it, interviewing and hiring somebody is a pretty big deal. If you're a manager tasked with bringing a new employee on board, not only is the candidate you choose going to influence your own career success to a large degree, but you're also going to be spending a huge chunk of your waking life with the individual in question.
One recent study from HP Workplace, in fact, suggests that 56% of professionals spend more time with their “work family” than they do with their real family!
We are pleased to announce Puget Soundkeeper Alliance's new executive director, Sean Dixon. Sean is a former Senior Attorney at Hudson Riverkeeper and most recently worked as Chief of Staff for the Region 1 (New England) office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Valtas Group is pleased to announce that Jeffrey P. Lewis has joined our consulting team.
Jeff Lewis has served in executive and Board leadership roles at non-profit organizations in the region for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Valtas, he had a long career in banking where he focused on serving small to medium sized businesses. He served as founding President and CEO of a start-up community bank for eleven years. He began his professional life as a program manager for Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and founding executive director for their political action committee.
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