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The Nova Communities Podcast provides tips, tools, and insights to help volunteers and staff make a bigger impact on the organizations they serve.

Each episode takes you behind the scenes with successful influencers to share insights
and actionable takeaways to build and empower your communities.

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I'm a Community and Operations Strategist for mission-driven organizations who loves helping them see their potential so they can maximize their impact. I've seen firsthand how shared experience has the potential to inspire passion and positive action, so I'm thrilled to bring those experiences and more to you on the podcast.

... and I love volunteer driven organizations!

I'm Emily Hendershot


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recently on the nova communities podcast

Relationship building is a critical and fundamental priority in our sector in order to grow effectively and achieve high impact. To do this, we must seek out opportunities to engage with a wide range of people and entities within our communities. This means identifying and valuing the inter-connectivity of the work we do and collaboratively sharing expertise.

Community, Volunteer Engagement

Finding + Engaging Community Partners with Mia Mahaney

Have you ever met someone who changes your thinking in a profound way? They challenge what you thought you knew with an energy and enthusiasm that’s contagious. Or maybe it’s a way of thinking you have too, but you were never able to put it into words properly. Enter Neen James. Neen has a boundless […]


Attention Pays with Neen James

Rob discusses how BoardLead connects talent with opportunity, how to prepare to make an impact at the board level, and the greatest factor board members can contribute to the organizations they serve.

Governance, Leadership

Training New Board Members for High Impact

Today I’m sharing tips to effectively build strong, collaborative relationships with your key volunteers. These tips will help you increase volunteer engagement and be proactive in your communication.

Volunteer Engagement

Tips to Engage, Equip, and Empower Volunteers

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a good conference attendee! Since college I’ve planned and produced over 80 events and conferences, so attending the ASAE Annual Meeting in Chicago last week – as an attendee – was really fun. Planning and producing events requires a unique perspective, so I forgot what that first […]


My 5 Top Takeaways from the ASAE Annual Meeting 2018

After reflecting on his leadership style and how it impacts his team, Dan and I dive into the importance of building a strong, collaborative environment to successfully empower employees and help organizations reach their goals.


Leadership and Team Culture with Dan Flowers | 003

Mark Thorsby of FrontWheel Consulting joins us as we talk about Governance and Riding a Bicycle. This simple yet effective methodology will have you seeing your Board in a new light and will help clarify the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in your organization.

Governance, Leadership, Volunteer Engagement

Governance + Riding a Bicycle with Mark Thorsby | 002

I want this podcast to be a place where we can continue to dream big on how our organizations impact our communities, industries – and even the world. I’m here to serve you so you can best serve your stakeholders – however you define them.

Leadership, Nova Business

The Nova Communities Podcast | 001

After 10+ years working in nonprofit and association management, my favorite things about business changed. I loved building relationships with volunteers, clients, and team members.

Nova Business

Let’s Do This


You captured me so well! I never thought I was photogenic. Thanks for making me look fabulous!

Nova Strategies LLC

Many association executives are overwhelmed by all the priorities they must juggle. With a clear action plan, you’ll find the clarity and focus you’ve been looking for to maximize your impact.