This semester I had the opportunity to gain more knowledge on learning about the Humanics Sustainable Partnerships Project and what it had to offer by getting practical hands-on-experience in management consulting with a community benefit organization. That was a major highlight for me during the semester. My team worked together as a group to develop a work plan for Fresno County Public Library – Friends of Fresno County Public Library (FOL) for Board Development with a focus on emerging a diverse board. The team consisted of four other Humanics scholars, Eric Martinez, team leader, Jennifer Kenyon, Elio Santos, Patti Cortes and Joan Hensleit-Minasian our team consulting coach. In class, we were introduced to reading material from “Nonprofit Sustainability” and “The Entrepreneurial Nonprofit” books. They provided a stepping stone on our project and information to guide us on our consulting journey. In addition, there were other resources such as “Sharing Resources” on Creating the Future, “Shared Value” by Michael Porter, Hildy Gottlieb TED Talk, AFP luncheons, ArtHop visits, Pecha Kucha presentations which one was presented by our group to the FOL board members as part of our assignment. There was multiple material information for discussion boards that also provided information for our project and developed our knowledge on consulting. This was an experience that I valued and meant a lot because as scholars we had the opportunity to share and voice our ideas to a CBO who makes a difference to so many people and their community. The library is so important and often gets forgotten. There is nothing more fantastic to be able to still hold a book and read it at a library.
I also had the opportunity to volunteer at one of their event’s and see the hard work and dedication the board members do to raise money to benefit the Fresno County Public Library via the Friends of the Library.