Being an entrepreneur has been in my lifeblood since I was small. My parents own a business and as I grew up I had a front row seat to the hard work that goes into it. My Dad would often go into the office on a Saturday morning to finish work and I would run from desk to desk dreaming up businesses. I created an imaginary company selling Little Caesars Pizza Kits to my friends and even solicited my siblings to be employees. We would sell, sell, sell and had amazing customer service (if I do say so myself). At that time, my favorite things were office supplies, making announcements on the intercom, and being a girl boss.
Later on in life, I was fortunate to work a few different jobs within their company, giving me a firsthand look at the type of business owners my parents are and what it takes to be successful.
After 10+ years working in nonprofit and association management, my favorite things about business changed. I loved building relationships with volunteers, clients, and peers. The people became the focus of my dreams. Engaging with diverse audiences to build something together, whether it be a strategic plan, conference, fundraising campaign, or international development, the drive and innovation of those individuals motivated me to do more to support their efforts. I’ve felt fortunate in all of my experiences throughout my career to meet and know the best people.
This love for community is why I started Nova Strategies. I’m passionate about volunteer-driven organizations and seeing them thrive. Nova Strategies is a community engagement and operations management firm for professional associations, user groups, and nonprofits. With my unique experiences and expertise, I’m eager to provide tools and resources to help communities reach new heights and continue to benefit their stakeholders. People are at the center of any organization and as I begin this next chapter in my career, I look forward to meeting even more individuals who are driven by the causes they care about.
This will certainly be a journey and I’d love to share it with you.
Congratulations, Emily! Looking forward to watching your business and relationships grow.
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