As I Close This Chapter

My two-week vacation officially ends today and tomorrow’s post will speak on returning to the office after a lengthy (1 week or more) holiday (as the British call it).

Today, I announce to the world (or those of it who care) that I am leaving my current position as Assistant Director of Annual Giving within the Development (fundraising) and Alumni Affairs Department of NCCU School of Law.  I have recently accepted an Associate Vice President position at a boutique executive search firm that works specifically to recruit higher-level positions within the field of development.  My last day in my current role: June 23, 2016.

The amazing part is how it all happened.  As you have seen, I’ve been traveling regularly over the past year for work.  From Nashville to Chicago to Atlanta to Washington, D.C. to a number of other cities, I’ve had the opportunity to see parts of the country that I’ve never been to (plus parts of the world via personal travel).  It has been a great year personally and professionally.  At three of the conferences I attended this past year, one of the two owners of this executive search firm was in attendance.  She and I developed a quick, but very impactful professional relationship over the past six months.  After the second conference that we were both in attendance for, I sent her my résumé and she invited me to meet with her over coffee to discuss opportunities within the field of development.  We spent quite a bit of time talking and, after the next conference, she invited me to the firm’s headquarters for an interview with her and the second partner.  It went well and the firm created a position for me.

That’s how it works sometimes folks.  My current position put me in a position to step into my next position and excel.  I gained skills, I had opportunities, and I made connections that, though sometimes tedious in nature, were all part of a greater plan to make me a stronger young professional with an air of excellence.  We don’t always understand why we are where we are in life but, had I not been in this culture that was an ill-fit for me, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to step into a culture that was aligned with my personal, professional, and financial goals.

See it through and know that something better will come.


Make professional development a priority.


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