Yolanda Ortiz, program director for Wayside’s Tempo Young Adult Resource Center, is featured in Root Cause’s latest e-newsletter “Gaining a Deeper Understanding: An Initiative for Exploring Social Issues.” This past December, Tempo was named a 2012 Social Innovator through Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum, a prestigious honor shared by just five other nonprofit organizations.
In her blog post, Yolanda describes what it was like to become part of the Social Innovation Forum and how this experience has made her a better leader. As she writes:
I often think back to that day in January when I delivered that 3-minute introduction to a group of about a dozen peers. I was so nervous, I mumbled and I turned red! Just a few short months later I was able to stand in front of 300 potential investors and deliver a crisp, professional pitch. I realize that I am now even more of an asset to Tempo than I was before SIF. I can see how I can help grow this incredible program and am so grateful to SIF for helping get us here.