The First Step to Nonprofit Leadership: Taking Care of Yourself (Georgia Krueger)

June 2022

How can you best be there for your organization, your employees, the individuals you serve and your own family if you aren't taking care of yourself? In episode #163 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, we talk with 30+ year successful nonprofit executive, Georgia Krueger, as she explains why self-care is so important to be your best, feel your best, and, yes, give your best. She shares the importance of incorporating safeguards to care for your heart, mind, body and spirit, so as nonprofit leaders, you have the clarity to guide your thinking, ideas and actions. Throughout our conversation, Georgia shares candid insights about specific decisions and pivotal moments and why she credits intentional self-care to see her through. Learn how to advocate for yourself at all stages of your career and as you move into executive leadership, be cognizant of the role model you'll become.  


"Advocating for yourself and taking a proactive role in your habits and routines are the first steps to better self-care for nonprofit leaders."


Georgia Harris Krueger, Retired CEO of the Ada Jenkins Families and Careers Development Center, has worked in the world of not-for-profits for over 30 years in a variety of settings. A 20-year career with the YMCA spans roles from Aquatics Director to Director of Camp Thunderbird leading to the Executive Director position at the Lake Norman YMCA in Davidson, NC. The Career at the YMCA began a journey for Georgia in the non-profit field and fostered her love for serving others and helping those in the community. Most recently, Georgia served as the CEO of Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, NC where she was instrumental in building collaborative partnerships, creating an endowment program, raising funds for and completing major renovations for the Center, almost doubling the annual budget due to increased client-partner and community demands, while positioning the Center as a leader in strengthening the community. 



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