Jill Gonzales

  • Name
  • Jill Gonzales
  • Title
  • Executive Director
  • Organization
  • Women's Storybook Project of Texas
  • Years as Executive Director
  • One

  • What does your organization do?
  • The Women’s Storybook Project connects children to their incarcerated mother’s through the joy of literature. We invite moms to read to their children and then send the recorded books (on cd) and actual books to the children.
  • How did you become interested in this work?
  • I’ve always been interested in this work. I started my career as a teacher and then became a reading specialist. After leaving the field, I entered nonprofit work connecting kids to books through Reading is Fundamental at BookSpring.
  • What drives your passion?
  • I truly believe that sharing stories and making connections through books can change lives. I believe that hearing your mother’s voice is as strong as an embrace.
  • Did you have a mentor or role model?
  • I’ve been blessed to have many mentors and role models in the many iterations of my career(s). There are too many to name, really. I think it’s of utmost importance to learn from those around you.
  • What's the biggest challenge in your work?
  • My biggest challenge is the newness of my position and the amount of infrastructure yet to be put into place. While this is a challenge, it is also extremely exciting to be here at the beginning!
  • What's the best advice that you have ever received?
  • Keep learning! When you stop learning, it’s time to stop leading.
  • What are your top tips for new Executive Directors?
  • Listen. Listen. Listen. (It’s that important.)
    Don’t make snap decisions, sleep on it. It CAN wait.
    Schedule a “no appointments” day at least once every two weeks.

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