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On Reaching the Top
Transcript of On Reaching the Top
Brokering and Bridge-Building
Risikat's 8 Steps to Success
Reaching the Top with Risikat Adesaogun
Risikat's 8 Steps to Success
Cultural Anthropology & Strategic Communication Management
5 years in the nonprofit field serving 350+ individuals and families
Organizational Communication & Intercultural Conflict
MPCA Strategic Communications
When navigating the social domain of nonprofit organizations, remember: the industry relies largely on
informal social networks
Between 70-80% of available jobs are never posted
Approx. 75% of surveyed hiring managers said they rejected millennial applicants because of
inappropriate social media photos/posts
surveyed job seekers say they found their "favorite or best" job through a personal connection
"Why should I want to know more about this person?"
"How can I enrich this exchange?"
Arts & Culture
Risikat Adesaogun | email@example.com
Volunteer for opportunities that will allow you access to the people and situations needed to advance your status in the organization
Invest in protective safety measures at all times
“Always pay attention to what’s going on in the room, verbal and nonverbal. Acknowledge your part in the situation and the role you play. Be strategic in your moves” - Study Participant B
Seek Mentorship and Consult
Widen your boundaries and seek out individuals who may be willing to invest in your personal growth
Consider Your Personal Path
Be open to mobility. Consider whether the organization is in line with your own goals and ethics.
Observe the patterns of communication
between leadership professionals. Capitalize on your ability to predict organizational communication trends.
Adapt Your Communication Style
Identify ways to tailor your message to different segments of your audience.
Invest in Education
Seek out additional training to boost your individual repertoire of skills. Additionally, educate those around you.
“Give education, no matter how high up they are." - Study Participant C
Commit to Difficult Decisions.
Be aware of the trends in the field. Decide if and when it is time to leave.
"You’ve gotta ask, ‘Do I make my own product or do I keep helping you make yours?’” - Study Participant J
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI
San Francisco, CA
MN is #1 in the proportion of working adults (age 16-64)
LGBTQ+ individuals face steep barriers too...
than their straight counterparts
Lesbian and bisexual
about the same
as straight women and
than both gay & straight men
than gay men, lesbian and bisexual women;
less than that.