Henry Overholser Mansion Q&A

In anticipation of our upcoming member celebration at the Henry Overholser Mansion Carriage House, we wanted to feature a fellow YNPN of OKC member, Cayla Lewis. Cayla is the Executive Director of Preservation Oklahoma, and one of her responsibilities is oversight and maintenance of the Henry Overholser Mansion.

Cayla Lewis

Thank you, Cayla, for joining us for a Q&A, and thank you to the Mansion for hosting our member celebration on March 28 at 5:30!

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The Ins and Outs of Board Service

Kristi Birk, YNPN Secretary and Chair-Elect

As a former teacher and administrator, I thought I knew what a board of directors was. Wasn’t it composed of random people elected in the community that have a say in the policies, procedures and funding for the school district? They show up to a room once a month for two hours, and these men and women dictate the salaries of the school employees- and then they go back to their respective jobs and worry about their districts the following month at the next school board meeting.

Fun fact: that is not how it works.

When I joined the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (OKCNP) as an employee, one of my responsibilities was “board liaison.” I had no idea what that meant, but I knew I had to learn FAST..


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Three Reasons Why You Shouldn't Join YNPN

I am a lifelong Oklahoman – a fifth generation one to be exact. In 2014, I moved away from the nest for the first time after I finished OU’s MPA program to spend two years in Arkansas as an education policy analyst. During my time in Arkansas, I searched for community and connection culturally, professionally, and demographically by age. The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) was one of the places where I found that professional connection among my peers in the nonprofit sphere. That year, the Little Rock chapter hosted the national YNPN convention. The conference was an AMAZING chance to meet professionals from across the country, attend relevant workshops that strengthened my knowledge base, and meet the leaders responsible for furthering YNPN’s mission of building a diverse and powerful social sector. I bought into the values of YNPN and served on the Little Rock board for one year.

In 2016, I transitioned back to Oklahoma. I knew that I would miss my YNPN of Little Rock family. But the Oklahoma City chapter embraced me and grew the love that I already had for this organization based on my Little Rock experience. The OKC chapter is one of the largest in the country with close to 200 paid members and it specializes in building a space where rising public sector leaders can learn, grow, and connect with one another. Based on my experience over the past two years, here are reasons NOT to join YNPN of OKC:  

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