SOC 185

     As a graduating Humanics scholar I would like to share one experience in particular. In January, I had the opportunity to attend AMI 2012 Kansas City. The Alliance Management Leadership Institute (AMI) is an annual conference. The focus is  leadership development and networking for students, faculty, and community benefit professionals. In addition, the AMI conference serves as a requirement for national certification by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Attending the conference provided insight and guidance to becoming an effective community benefit leader.

    At AMI I participated in leadership development activities and workshops. The workshop that I found most beneficial was entitled, " Positioning Yourself for Your First Job in the Non-Profit Sector". Before this workshop I thought I knew how to begin the career planning process. Part of the career planning process involves a self assessment and the ability to effectively and clearly communicate when being interviewed. Also, I was unaware of the different types of interviews. I learned about the three different types of interviews an employer conducts. Interview types are based on the organization and include traditional, behavioral/emotional storytelling and case method. During traditional interviews the employer takes the interviewee's word at face value and asks basic questions. Behavioral/emotional storytelling interviews require the interviewee to offer specific concrete examples to reveal skills. The employer bases the interviewee's work performance on past behaviors and attitudes. Case method interviews are the most commonly used method in business and consulting fields. During a case method interview an interviewee is requested to analyze a problem or situation and present a solution.

     As  part of the structured service activities  I engaged in a case study, with Kansas City Rehabilitation Institute, a local community benefit organization. The focus of the case study was to assess the organization and provide consulting work. I felt greatly prepared to take on this task due to the Humanics courses I already completed at Fresno State. Some of the issues we helped the organization address were branding, fund raising and  donor relationships. It was interesting to see a CBO in another part of the country experience some of the same issues as organizations in the Central Valley, solutions are the same, but the only difference is the different characteristics of the community.

     Overall, AMI 2012 was a great experience. I was able to hear experiences and advice  from some of the nation’s leading community benefit leaders. From my point of view the best experiences I had at AMI were all a result of networking. I value the opportunity I had to meet and speak with different community benefit leaders and future community benefit leaders.