To launch the Prosper for Purpose blog, I thought I should tell the Prosper for Purpose story. It is, of course, my story too.
When I was in second grade, I decided I would become a teacher when I grew up. My teacher that year was Miss Donnelly, and she made learning empowering and fun. She would divide the class into teams to work on projects. I was usually the team leader and found myself trying to motivate the other kids using her tactics. I was a good imitator. It worked, and I thought I was destined to teach.
When I was in fourth grade, I decided I would become a writer and a teacher when I grew up. My teacher, Mrs. Lentz, told me I had a real talent for writing. It was the only thing I did better than Kelly N., who I believed to be the teacher’s pet. So I wrote. And I read. I read more books that year than any other student in the class. One hundred and fourteen books. The more I read, the better I wrote. I believed I was destined to write. And teach, of course.
These decisions, made when I was eight and 10, were not fleeting. I went to college and majored in education. I took writing classes, too. Journalism and creative writing. Feature writing and advertising. My writing teachers asked why I was an education major when I was so clearly drawn to writing. My advisor asked if I really wanted to teach, because the market was flooded with teachers and I obviously loved to write.
I had never heard of public relations, but after exploring new majors, decided this was the career for me. I started volunteering with a local nonprofit while in college, and sought work with a non-profit after graduation, because I felt I could make a difference. However, the need to save for a house and a family pushed me into the for-profit world of. Over the next 25 years, I went back and forth from non-profit to for-profit organizations. Along the way, I learned about fundraising, business development, employee engagement and organizational change. I wrote and I mentored and I even taught.
But I wanted to do more. I had a vision for a company that valued doing good as much as doing well. One that would work with mission-driven leaders, bridging resources and goals. On January 8, 2013, that vision was launched as Prosper for Purpose. Over the past two years, I have formed a small but talented team to help organizations do well and do good by creating successful brands. This blog will address how individuals can help create successful brands — for themselves and for their organizations.