Hi, I’m Haley!
My mission is empowering, elevating, and engaging nonprofit leaders to build healthy, thriving organizations.
Caring for others was instilled in me from a young age. I studied Kinesiology because I wanted to teach people how to value their physical health.
I dove headfirst into the nonprofit sector after college. From founding a nonprofit organization in Malawi when I was 24 years old (and learning how to build a peanut butter factory!) to being a part of a dozen-person strong development team here in Orange County, CA – I’ve seen a wide range of nonprofit set ups.
While I’m so grateful for all of the incredible experiences, I’ve also experienced an array of factors that lead to burnout. We stay stuck in these problems because we don’t know where to start.
As a front-line fundraiser, I felt like my hands were tied as donors called me at 10pm and broke the boundaries I didn’t know how to set for myself. I developed people-pleasing behavior and began to lose my authentic self.
As a nonprofit executive, I felt micromanaged yet didn’t really understand what was expected of me until my annual performance review. I developed imposter syndrome and felt like a fraud.
As an Executive Director, I felt isolated. I reported to a board who didn’t fully understand nonprofits and was responsible for a staff I couldn’t elevate due to limited resources. I developed a scarcity mentality and felt stuck.
As a (young) board member, I felt dismissed by older, established board members. I wanted to create true change while others simply wanted to check a box. I developed a sense of feeling unheard, needing permission, and not being enough.
There’s a common thread that runs through the nonprofit field: we don’t take care of ourselves because we don’t believe we have the capacity to. We get the message (whether it’s spoken or internal) that we have to run ourselves into the ground to serve our mission.
But when we don’t take care of ourselves and take a long, hard look at the internal factors that keep us stuck, our organization (and more importantly, the community we serve) suffers.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a ‘leader,’ you have a voice and ability to make change at your organization. You ARE a leader.
I broke the cycle of burnout after working with a coach and becoming trained in Emotional Connection Process (EmC). After continuously proving myself (yet being denied what I needed to thrive), I decided not to sacrifice myself any longer. I knew I had to show up in life differently and speak up not just for myself, but everyone else who is also struggling with this issue.
I’m fully committed to transforming every person and organization suffering from burnout and compassion fatigue, so they can fully flourish.
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BA IN KINESIOLOGY – St. Mary’s College of California
CERTIFICATE OF EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT – University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
CERTIFIED FUND RAISING EXECUTIVE (CFRE)
CERTIFIED STRESS MANAGEMENT COACH
EMOTIONAL CONNECTION PROCESS (EMC) – Level 2 certified