Laura Wolf

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  • What does your organization do?

    8. What are your top 3 tips for new Executive Directors?

    Make sure you share information with your Board leadership about the things that make your job hard on an ongoing basis; don’t let your Board be surprised.
    Identify the person or people on your Board who will be your champions, your allies, and your partners in making difficult changes in the organization. Particularly if you need to change your Board, you will need at least one strong leader/partner from the Board.

    Focus on your own resilience. This work is hard and the role can be lonely. Be aware of when you need to take a vacation and give yourself time to fill your reserves of determination and fortitude.
  • How did you become interested in this work?

    I am an attorney by training and have spent most of my adult life serving in a variety of community volunteer roles in addition to my professional life. So the intersection of voluntarism and the legal system where CASA exists spoke to me. When I left the practice of law for the nonprofit sector, I worked first at SafePlace, now SAFE, because the abuse of vulnerable people has always been an injustice that I wanted to participate in ending. CASA has given me the opportunity to combine all of these interests.
  • What drives your passion?

    I’m driven first and foremost by an intention to do my part to help make circumstances better for vulnerable people and people who have been abused, especially children. Additionally, the potential for social change – one person at a time – created by empowering community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children is constantly inspiring to me.
  • Did you have a mentor or a role model?

    I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had a number of mentors from my Board of Directors, private sector entrepreneurs and CEOs who’ve grown successful businesses and who offer me insight, advice, accountability and unrelenting support.
  • What's the biggest challenge in your work?

    Holding worry about the children we serve, and, when tragedies and sorrow occur, worry about the well-being of my colleagues on the staff and our volunteers.
  • What's the best advice that you have ever received?

    What got you where you are won’t necessarily get you where you’re going.
  • What are your top tips for new Executive Directors?

    Make sure you share information with your Board leadership about the things that make your job hard on an ongoing basis; don’t let your Board be surprised.
    Identify the person or people on your Board who will be your champions, your allies, and your partners in making difficult changes in the organization. Particularly if you need to change your Board, you will need at least one strong leader/partner from the Board.

    Focus on your own resilience. This work is hard and the role can be lonely. Be aware of when you need to take a vacation and give yourself time to fill your reserves of determination and fortitude.