- Kami Griffiths
- Executive Director/Co-Founder
- Community Techonology Network
- Years as Executive Director
- I am a co-founder of CTN which was established as a nonprofit in 2008. I volunteered for a year, worked part-time for two years and have been full time since 2011.
- What does your organization do?
- Community Technology Network (CTN) transforms lives through teaching digital literacy. The ability to use digital tools to find, analyze, create, and communicate information is a critical skill for the survival and quality of life of people everywhere. CTN works with a variety of underserved populations across the country to improve their digital literacy through training and education. We seek to improve the quality of life, the capacity, and the self-sufficiency of CTN's learners, trainers, and our partner organizations.
- How did you become interested in this work?
- I decided in 2003 to shift careers from graphic design to computer instructor. I started as a volunteer for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and after a few months was hired to deliver basic and intermediate level computer skills classes. Over 3 years, I taught hundreds of adults and seniors how to use the computer, internet, and email. It was also during that time that I launched a volunteer computer trainer program and have since replicated and enhanced that model through CTN.
- What drives your passion?
- The internet is an amazing tool that has changed everything. Those of us with access and skills are at a great advantage that we take for granted. I feel passionate that everyone, regardless of age, income or education level, should be able to independently and safely interact with the internet. Without that access they are being left behind.
- Did you have a mentor or role model?
- I have had many mentors over the years who have helped me learn and grow. I highly recommend engaging this type of support to help keep your sanity!
- What's the biggest challenge in your work?
- Time management, prioritization and saying no. I get so excited about building partnerships and developing programs that I sometimes overextend myself. I have to remember to take time for planning and time for myself.
- What's the best advice that you have ever received?
- I had a coach help me tame that inner voice that was less than encouraging. It helped me get out of my own way.
- What are your top tips for new Executive Directors?
- - Build an amazing team (both board and staff)
- Be thankful and appreciative of all the people who help make your mission happen
- Track impact (to the best of your ability) as soon as possible
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