“There’s a trick to the 'graceful exit.' It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over — and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.” ― Ellen Goodman
On July 31, 2016, I will be leaving Now IT Matters, and it will be bittersweet. I began working for Now IT Matters when we had just three full time employees. I was the third. It was April 2013, and I distinctly recall the first interview I had with Tim Lockie, our founder. He was passionate and excited and really wanted to see the world become a better place. I was ready to jump on board with that vision. I knew that what the world needed most was the work being done by nonprofits, and what I wanted most was to be part of that work.
When I started, I lacked sales experience, but I had fundraising and nonprofit experience, and I had loads of HR experience from my life in corporate America. I love to build things and I knew I could help Now IT Matters build a world-class team and help build our brand and become more than we were. I was given the opportunity to be part of building NiM into what it is today, and during my time at Now IT Matters, we hired several employees and formed a team that has been unlike any I’ve ever worked with before: We do good work and we’ve pulled together through many obstacles and life changes over the past few years. I'm really really grateful to have been part of building - and being a part of - the Now IT Matters team, and I will always consider myself NiM Alumni. It’s something I’ll always be proud of. We also did some amazing work in the nonprofit world! Every day since I began working at Now IT Matters, I have been able to go to work knowing that the work I do will make the world better. That's something else I'm proud of.
I love to tell #lovestories. My role at Now IT Matters was in telling a story about a world we could change, and about a group of passionate people who were working to change that world. It is a story worth telling - full of all the things that make a story good: passion, heroes and heroines, and dragons to slay. OK, maybe there aren’t so many dragons (does Raiser’s Edge count??).
Over the past three years, I have learned an incredible amount about Salesforce, nonprofits, how to build community with people I don't see face to face, and about perseverance and hope. Now IT Matters has taught me those things. The leadership of Tim and Angela gave me the confidence and the base to spread my wings and do what I know I can do.
Over the past few weeks, many events have occurred that hit close to home. The killings in Orlando. The shooting of Dallas police last week in racial frustrations. The killing of innocent people of color continues. My heart pulls me more and more to the grassroots, community organizations working in my backyard to make things better. I long to get my hands dirty in the work, to help them do that work better, and to focus on social justice and on building a better world starting here in my local community.
After July 31, I will be focusing on a larger number of local nonprofits in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The firm I am going to is another Salesforce consulting firm for nonprofits, based in Dallas, with a big focus on literacy and on social justice. I’m excited about helping another small, new team tell their story, and I'm excited to be helping to create a home for myself and those who come after me.
They say everyone has two families in this life - the one they are born with and the one they choose. Now IT Matters staff will always be part of the family I chose, and I’m so grateful for the time I spent here learning, growing, and becoming who I am today. In our parting, we still see each other as family and as friends and will continue to work together in the future to do the work that the world needs most - the work of nonprofits. The relationships and friendships I have with the Now IT Matters team will never be lost. But… there are new #lovestories to be written, and I’m just the girl to write them.
“Ends are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin. And there are many things that don't really end, anyway, they just begin again in a new way. Ends are not bad and many ends aren't really an ending; some things are never-ending.” ― C. JoyBell C.