Navigating Non-Profit Careers

We were honored to have two panelists come speak at the WCC on Monday about their experiences working at non-profits. Our first panelist was Katrina Logan, JD, an immigration attorney at Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto (CLSEPA), which is a non-profit specializing in housing, civil litigation, and immigration issues. Our second panelist was Alexis Paza, who works as a Tides Community Catalyzer and helps non-profits collaborate and develop relationships between each other. Alexis and Katrina both gave valuable insight into key parts of navigating non-profit careers.

Finding the right non-profit

One point emphasized was the importance of finding a non-profit that fit well, and seeking additional opportunities to either move up or move on. As Alexis described, “Trust when opportunities fall into your lap, say yes, and trust that one day you’ll look back and make sense of it.” She describe a certain instinct that she felt most people would have when a position just wasn’t the right fit, but also to trust that each position had something to learn from. Katrina echoed this, saying that it may seem there are limited jobs, but there are also indeed many positions opening.

From the get-go there are three main things to look for when finding the right non-profit to work with: mission fit, position fit, and culture fit. Does their mission and theory of change excite you? Do you think they have a good approach to solve the issue at hand? If so, you may have found a mission fit with this non-profit. Do you like what you’ll be doing there? Even though you might not enjoy every task, do you enjoy the day-to-day work? That’s position fit. And of course, do you enjoy working with folks in that position? Co-workers can make or break a positive experience at work. It’s important to know your own needs so that you can form strong connections with co-workers over the meaningful work you’re all doing.

A catalyst into a non-profit career

Both Katrina and Alexis had formative life experiences that either furthered their passion for their jobs, or helped them choose their current jobs. For example, Alexis described how she drove one of her clients home, only to discover the client lived far away from the city in horrendous conditions. This incident made her more determined to help enact social change. In Katrina’s case, Katrina watched as her mother had to navigate a divorce by herself when Katrina was a child. English was her mother’s second language, and she consequently had a very tough time navigating the legal system. However, Katrina also understood the pressure to go into a high-paying job such as law in order to support one’s family. As she said, “If you need to make money to support your family, there’s nothing wrong with going to law school to make money,” adding that what actually mattered was figuring out what to do with a law degree in a way that was meaningful.

“Figure out what gets you out of bed”

Lastly, although Katrina and Alexis both worked in non-profits, they both mentioned that anyone from any level could enact change. For example, someone more interested in fixing social problems using business and entrepreneurship could accomplish impact by working at a for-profit social capital company. There are a lot of ways to tackle issues within the world–what matters is finding something that truly motivates you and gets you out of bed each morning.


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Event Recap — ‘Practicing for Life’ Event #3 on Being ‘Enough’

Hi all!


Just wanted to post a recap for any of y’all who weren’t able to attend the event on Friday.

We started out with a check-in about in what areas of our life we felt we were ‘not enough’. We followed that up with a reading from Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly on scarcity mentality and feeling like we will never be enough. After the reading, here are some questions we discussed:
What makes us feel like we are not enough?
Can feeling ‘not enough’ ever be motivating, or is it only damaging?
How does the act of deciding which activities to engage in set us up for feeling like certain activities will leave us feeling like we are enough?
What are some practical ways to begin from a place of feeling like we are enough?
Some important takeaways included that we can use healthy competition, not scarcity mentality, to improve ourselves while still feeling like we are enough. If you would like a PDF of the reading, please reach out to Lucas at for a scanned copy.
Please come through for our last event next Friday, 3.10 at 4 PM to talk about Brene Brown’s book Rising Strong.
If you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please email Lucas at

Femtastic Friday: Week 7

Happy Friday!

It’s Parents’ Weekend! If your parents are here, have a restorative time with them. If not, take some time to call home or friends from home to reconnect.

What’s New in the WCC

The Feminist Voices Podcast

Curated by Mysia Anderson and Nya Hughes

Listen Here!

The Ambassador Program’s

“Practicing for Life: A Series on Ordinary Courage” Discussion Series

[IN 15 MINUTES] Daring Greatly: Taking Risks and Making Mistakes 2/24 at 4 pm

Rising Strong: Practicing Ordinary Courage 3/10 at 4 pm


We welcome people of all genders, identities and backgrounds!

Upcoming Events

Navigating Non-Profit Careers

Monday, Feb 27th 12:30-1:30 PM

@ The WCC (1st floor of the Firetruck House)

Lunch will be provided!

RSVP Link:

Panel Discussion and Q&A with Senator Wendy Davis

Tuesday, Feb 28th 8-9:30 PM

@ CEMEX Auditorium


Week 8 is Wellness Week, and the WCC is hosting a wellness event!

Self Care Night

Saturday, Mar 4th 8-10PM

@ the WCC

Interesting Reads and Other News

Merriam-Webster tweets about the definition of feminism

Have a great weekend!!

Femtastic Friday: Week 6

Happy Friday! Congratulations on making it through Week 6! You are strong, you are valued, you are important.

What’s New in the WCC

The Feminist Voices Podcast

Curated by Mysia Anderson and Nya Hughes

Recording with Three Unicorns coming soon!

Listen Here

The Ambassador Program’s

“Practicing for Life: A Series on Ordinary Courage” Discussion Series

Daring Greatly: Taking Risks and Making Mistakes 2/24 at 4 pm

Rising Strong: Practicing Ordinary Courage 3/10 at 4 pm

We welcome people of all genders, identities and backgrounds!

Upcoming Events

Navigating Nonprofit careers

Monday February 27th, 12:30pm

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Interesting Reads and Other News

Consider what enjoyment might mean in a time where political engagement is more important than ever in this article by The Guardian.

Want to get to know feminism better? Here’s a place to start thinking.

Bridging Medicine & Social Impact

We truly enjoyed hosting Joi Jackson-Morgan, the Deputy Director at the 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic, and Dr. Maya Adam, a former professional ballerina who is now is a pediatrician at Stanford University School of Medicine and the founder of the non-profit Just Cook For Kids, for our latest Women at Work event, Bridging Medicine and Social Impact.

Here are some key takeaways from the event.

Unexpected events can open new doors

Our panelists described how events in their lives shaped and helped determine their careers today. Joi described the car accident that forced her to give up her dream of medical school at the time, which led to her to apply for a research position at a youth clinic, 3rd Street, in her own community. Today she is the executive director at 3rd Street. Dr. Adam described how one of her children got very sick a few years ago. She realized how her family had to change their lifestyle and the way they ate. This in turn was a source of inspiration for founding the non-profit Just Cook For Kids. Both Joi and Dr. Adam are still dreaming: Joi hopes to one day become a pediatrician; Dr. Adam is traveling for work and finding new experiences everywhere.

Finding the passion for a project is key

One of the points the panelists highlighted was the importance of finding social impact projects that truly motivated them. When looking at the community 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic served, Joi saw a need for teens to engage each other in health topics. Motivated by this, Joi looked for ways to help, including creating a peer health educators program at her youth clinic to encourage youth engagement and awareness. Dr. Adam further elaborated upon this as she said, “find a community/cause you really care about and find out what you can do realistically to move a need from A to B.” Her passion for nutrition has spawned numerous projects, including online courses and a mobile app.

Focusing on the goal

Dr. Adam and Joi both emphasized the importance of determination and staying focused on the “big picture” that their jobs entailed. For example, Dr. Adam described how she often worried people would judge her for “oversimplifying” concepts while teaching, but ultimately justified it knowing that she valued good teaching above all else. Joi realized through her job that it was more effective and valuable to build programs that actually helped her community, rather than “chasing money.” As she said, “[There’s a] fearlessness knowing you’re the doing the right thing and doing it for the people you’re serving.”


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Femtastic Friday: Week 5


Happy Friday! We hope you’ve been taking care of yourselves during this rainy week!

What’s New in the WCC

The Ambassador Program’s

“Practicing for Life: A Series on Ordinary Courage” Discussion Series

Daring Greatly: Taking Risks and Making Mistakes 2/24 at 4 pm

Rising Strong: Practicing Ordinary Courage 3/10 at 4 pm

We welcome people of all genders, identities and backgrounds!

Upcoming Events

Impact on Campus

Self defense workshop with Impact Bay Area

Monday, February 13th

4:30-6 PM

Women’s Community Center

Bridging Medicine + Social Impact

Monday, February 13th

12:30-1:30 PM

Women’s Community Center

*Lunch included!


Monday, February 13th

El Centro Chicano y Latino

Academic Skills Session

Tuesday, February 14th

12:30-1:30 PM

Women’s Community Center

*Lunch included

Feminist Discussion Nights

Every Sunday night!

8-10 PM

Women’s Community Center

Interesting Reads and Other News

Check out an article from The New Yorker titled “The Case Against Contemporary Feminism” that talks about Jessa Crispin, “who believes that the push to make feminism universally palatable has negated the meaning of the ideology writ large” and her new book “Why I Am Not A Feminist”

Looking for a new (or updated) view on feminism? Check out the Transfeminist Manifesto!


The Art of Negotiation Workshop

It was wonderful having the founder of MissCEO and Stanford University alumna, Nita Kaushal, at the WCC for our “Art of Negotiation” event! This is the second year that the Women at Work program has hosted this type of workshop.

With her experience founding an organization that empowers young women to develop their leadership skills, Nita offered valuable insight into how to approach negotiating salaries. Here are some of the key takeaways from the event:


Don’t be afraid to ask.

Negotiating is all about asking, and asking takes courage. However, Nita emphasized that companies will not take away an offer simply because you asked for more–after all, they put in the effort to decide they wanted to work with you when they extended an offer.

Overthinking can be a large reason why we are afraid to ask, often leading to fears of rejection, overvaluing yourself, or spoiling the relationship. It’s important to understand that we can ease our anxiety about negotiation realizing that the worst thing that can happen is that the company says no, they won’t give you the higher salary.  

Know your worth.

It’s also important to know your own worth, both because it gives you the confidence to ask for more and because it gives your leverage with the company. Don’t give away all your power by eagerly saying “Yes!” to the first offer they make. You have the power to negotiate, no matter how tantalizing their first offer may be! You can determine your market value from a number of factors, including:

  • Current salary
  • Years of experience (INCLUDING academics)
  • Market value of your expertise and knowledge
  • Outstanding offers
  • Salary ranges for similar positions (generic)
  • How invaluable or difficult to replace you are

Utilize your leverage appropriately and professionally! However, remember that negotiating your worth is a continuous process throughout your career. Negotiating your entry salary is just the beginning–you need to be on and ready to ask for what you want all the time. Keep asking and keep putting yourself in a power position for the rest of your career.

Do your homework.

Before going into the salary negotiation, make sure to do your homework. Look up similar job openings online to get a sense of salary ranges. Nita recommends looking at Paysa, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and Quora, among other options. Offline, you can reach out to folks in your network including other recruiters and hiring managers, and former interns in your industry.

During the interview try to get a sense of the following, all of which may help influence your decision to join or not to join the company:

  • Type of employer/budget
  • Candidate pool
  • Position requirements (education, experience, etc)
  • Potential for promotion
  • Employer’s need

Avoid presenting numbers first.

When it comes time for the Desired Salary Discussion, avoid being the one to present salary numbers first. If pressured, respond with something similar to the following:

“I’m sure you’ll make a fair offer.”

“I want to ensure this opportunity is the right fit before discussing the numbers, which I’m sure will work out well for the both of us.”

If forced, aim high.

Negotiate with the Right Party

When having the salary discussion, talk about the offer directly with the decision maker. This isn’t always the recruiter. Often, the hiring manager for the team will have more room to negotiate, which can work in your favor!

Practice phrasing.

Lastly, one of the most important parts of negotiating is to phrase things positively, professionally, and in an “I win/you win” manner. For example, if you get an offer- that means they REALLY want you! Don’t accept the offer right away when they present it to you. Instead say:

“Thank you, I’m so pleased to have an offer, especially since I admire [something about the company] so much… I’ll just need some time to consider the details. I’m evaluating some other options and want to make sure I make the best decision. Can I get back to you by [date]?”

This format is great, since it respects the recruiter or hiring manager’s time while not giving away your cards.

Some other examples of phrasing are below:

“I have an equivalent offer from another company, but as we discussed, it seems as though I would make a great fit here. Are you able to do any better to simplify this decision for me?”

“I’m excited for the offer, but company B is offering me $X- I don’t want to get you guys into a bidding war, but I love the team/ environment/ opportunity here and would really prefer to work for you, so if you can match, I’ll be glad to accept.”

Don’t forget to practice phrasing! Ask your friends to help you stage scenarios for your to practice your negotiation skills.

How to Close

Accept the counter if it feels right! Make sure to utilize your leverage appropriately and professionally at all times.

Sometimes, the offer won’t work out. In those cases, Nita recommends thanking the recruiter and hiring manager and closing with the following:

“I appreciate what you were able to do, it seems that Company A is a better career move for me at this point – I apologize, thank you for the opportunity, and maybe, I’ll work with you sometime in the future.”


Keeping all of these recommendations in mind, we hope that you feel more confident about negotiating your way towards the best possible offer. Happy negotiating!



Femtastic Friday: Week 4

Happy Friday! Congratulations on making it to the end of Week 4!

What’s New in the WCC

The Feminist Voices Podcast

Curated by Mysia Anderson and Nya Hughes

Episode 1 | featuring A-lan Holt

Listen Here

The Ambassador Program’s

“Practicing for Life: A Series on Ordinary Courage” Discussion Series

I Thought it Was Just Me (But it Isn’t): Shame Resilience 2/10 at 4 pm

Daring Greatly: Taking Risks and Making Mistakes 2/24 at 4 pm

Rising Strong: Practicing Ordinary Courage 3/10 at 4 pm

We welcome people of all genders, identities and backgrounds!

Upcoming Events

People’s State of the Union: Story Circle Workshop

Friday, February 3rd

4:00-6:00 pm

Women’s Community Center

Apply to the Advancing Gender Equity Fellowship

Information about the fellowship is available online at

Applications are due Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 11:59pm.

We welcome those of all genders, identities, and backgrounds to apply!

American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

Friday, February 3rd

4:00-5:00 pm

Florence Moore Main Lounge

Stanford Women in Business Shark Tank Challenge

Tuesday, February 7th

6:30 to 7:30 PM

Women’s Community Center


Art of Negotiation

Wednesday, February 8th

5:30 pm

Women’s Community Center

Food is provided!

Interesting Reads and Other News

Help cheer Stanford Women’s Basketball to victory this Friday and get Coach VanDerveer to 1000 career wins this Friday, Feb. 3 vs. USC at 6 PM at Maples Pavilion! There are only three coaches in basketball history (men’s and women’s) to achieve this milestone. Join in the celebration! You can read more about this historic moment here.

People took to social media in response to President’s Trump comments about women needing to “dress like women.” Check out how people showed what #DressLikeAWoman really means.