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Don Jonas

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8: Leadership Lessons & Telling Your Nonprofit Story (Don Jonas)

Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership

008: Leadership Lessons & Telling Your Nonprofit Story (Don Jonas)SUMMARYDon Jonas knows that the key to effectiveness in the nonprofit realm is being able to explain the good work you are doing.  He has always been a student of nonprofit leadership, and we had a great conversation about communication strategies, mindfulness/wellness techniques, and leadership lessons he’s learned during his career.  We discussed the factors that influenced his career path and the lateral entry into the nonprofit sector after early aspirations to become a college professor!  Dr. Jonas offers great advice he’s gathered during each stage of his career, and he also shares excellent resources for your continuing pursuit of professional development.  Finally, he makes a compelling case about how to better articulate the good work your nonprofit is doing through more content creation and creative methods such as podcasting.  ABOUT DONDon serves as Assistant Vice President of Social Strategy and Impact at Atrium Health. Prior to this, he served as chief executive for one of the oldest and largest health care agencies in the Carolinas, Care Ring, which is based in Charlotte, NC, and helps individuals with limited resources find quality health care.  Don is passionate about building long-term partnerships that accelerate community building and improve lives.  His academic career includes stops at UNC Chapel Hill for his undergraduate degree in Political Science, Appalachian State University for his Masters in Political Science and Government, and the University of Kentucky for his Ph.D. in Political Science and Government.  His career has included stops at the Hudson Institute, the Foundation For The Carolinas and Novant Health’s Presbyterian Hospital Foundation before his current role leading Care Ring.Learn more about Don here, and check out Care Ring’s Seeking the Heart podcast as you evaluate how your nonprofit can best share the good work it’s doing and elevate the community partnerships you are building.  EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCESDon’s productivity: calendar blocking, “think time”, meditationRituals: evening, morning and start-up at workImportance of succession planning for board and staffSimon Sinek’s Start With WhyDon’s excellent blog on applying Sinek’s principles to his nonprofitEvaluating your organization’s communication strategies and tactics Only the Paranoid Survive (Andrew Grove)The Carolina Way - Leadership Lessons  (Dean Smith)Wooden on Leadership (John Wooden)


12 Dec 2019

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Don Jonas | Community Health - Ep. 78

On Life and Meaning

Donald K. Jonas, Ph.D. is executive director of Care Ring, which provides primary care to persons with modest means. He previously served as executive director of the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation and as Senior Vice-President of Community Philanthropy at Foundation For The Carolinas. Don has written extensively on public policy, including the aging of our labor force and the future of America's health care system. He is a 2005 recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal's "40 Under 40" award, he is a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and he serves on a number of boards in the Charlotte region, including UNC Charlotte’s Institute for Social Capital. Don received a bachelor of arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master of arts from Appalachian State University and a doctorate in political science from the University of Kentucky. This episode is perfect for anyone interested in community health, medicaid transformation, human capital and singing in a band.   IN THIS EPISODE Don describes Care Ring and its mission of providing health care to persons with limited resources. He identifies the number one issue facing the patients of Care Ring. He explains the Physician’s Reach Out and Nurse Family Partnership He answers how Care Ring is funded and whether Care Ring has the funds it needs. Don tells the story of Maribelle Connerat, the founder of Care Ring. He addresses medicaid transformation in North Carolina and how it might affect Care Ring’s unique model of care. He discusses social determinants of health and how it its leading Care Ring in new directions. He shares his excitement and concerns about One Charlotte Health Initiative and a collective response to community health. Don describes the community health he envisions and what would have to happen for it to materialize. He reveals the personal challenges of leading Care Ring and how he feels about his work. He talks about growing up in Charlotte and the influence of his parents. He answers whether he wanted to run for political office. Don describes his Ph.D. dissertation on telecommunications and the work he did on the book Workforce 2000 and Workforce 2020. He shares how his interest in human capital and health care He discusses why and how he joined the Foundation For The Carolinas as Vice President of Community Philanthropy. He reflects on the influence of Joe Martin, a community leader and executive at Bank of America. Don shares what he learned about himself as executive director of Presbyterian Hospital Association. He talks about being the lead singer of a band, what he wishes he had more time to do, and why his band is called The Fidgets. He reveals what the lyrics of his songs are all about. Don answers whether he senses time passing and what matters most to him. plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Black Mirrors and Frumious Bandersnatches To learn more, visit On Life and Meaning

1hr 7mins

2 Jan 2019

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