September is National Literacy Month
In this episode, I interview Tracy Baron Phillips, the Chief Development Officer of a library foundation in Zionsville, Indiana. Tracy is a passionate supporter of anything related to learning, and she’s especially fond of her local library.
So often we think of libraries as places where we borrow books; however, for many, the library is so much more. It’s a connection to the internet; it’s a place to learn a new skill; it’s a place to gather with like-minded members of the community; it’s a place to pick-up legal documents like voter registration forms and tax forms.
What is the impact when a local library closes it’s doors due to a pandemic? And how does a library pivot to continue serving the community through a crisis? Check out this fun video Tracy made in late May 2020.
Towards the end of our conversation Tracy reveals something very personal about her own leadership journey, and we talk about what it means to live an authentic life—and what to do when you realize that you’re not able to be yourself at work. It’s a little deep, but so, so, so good! You’ll be glad you listened to the whole episode.
Allow me to introduce you to Tracy Phillips, the Chief Development Officer of the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library Foundation, winner of the “Dang, that’s a Long Name of a Nonprofit” award. 📚😊
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About Tracy Phillips
Tracy Barron Phillips is an experienced leader in nonprofit and volunteer organizations for over 30 years, with skills both analytic and creative. Effective as a relationship and advocacy builder, a Public Relations strategist and social media consultant, and a proven fundraiser. Able to navigate both established events and strategies as well as creating ground-breaking programs, moving nonprofit organizations to the next level of performance.
She began her career at her alma mater, Butler University, creating the admissions recruiter position for their College of Arts. Marriage to an Air Force officer took her to San Antonio, Texas, where she was a grant writer for a performing arts presenting organization.
During eleven military moves and while raising their daughter, Tracy took a professional hiatus. Yet, she remained active in the nonprofit sector, serving on six boards morphing from the arts to social service to education. Ten years ago, she returned to the nonprofit professional life and was Executive Director for two organizations.
Coming full circle, Tracy is creating her current position as the first dedicated employee in the 20-year history of the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library Foundation and fundraising again as their Chief Development Officer.
As her Twitter profile states, Tracy is:
“Lauren’s Mom. CDO of @HMMPLFoundation. Advocate for teachers. #booklover. @butleru alum. @GirlScouts life member. @NASA enthusiast. #Nerdfighter.”
🔗 Connect with the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library:
- Website (coming October 2020): hmmplfoundation.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HMMPLFoundation
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/hmmplfoundation
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hmmplfoundation/
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6JMuMqpiXKqnomJNgqdy-Q
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Mentioned in this episode:
- “Found in a Book” on Instagram: https://instagram.com/foundinabook_org
- “Found in a Book” Donate: https://bit.ly/foundinabook
- To order a Sugar Cream Pie, the State Pie of Indiana: https://www.mysugarpie.com/
- Brené Brown: https://brenebrown.com