The Mission-Centered Grant Professional: Connecting with the Power of Your Passion and Purpose

What does the word "mission" mean to you as a practicing grant professional? Too many of us focus on the missions of the organizations we serve, and lose sight of the ways our work supports our own personal sense of purpose in the world. In this experiential session, you'll have the opportunity to step back from the details of what you do, and reflect on the why and how - Why the work is meaningful to you personally, and how to rediscover and stay connected with your passion and purpose. Through a series of thoughtful discussions and individual and team exercises, you'll be challenged to:

- Reflect on and articulate your personal mission - the direction of your path in life and the qualities you want to bring to the journey;
- Explore and clarify how your practice as a grant professional nurtures and furthers your pursuit of your personal mission; and
- Identify strategies for deepening your commitment to your work and staying profoundly grounded in your passion and purpose.

You will leave with a new understanding of the value of your work in the world; a renewed sense of commitment to your practice; and new take-away tools to help you stay mission-centered not just in your current position as a grant professional, but throughout your lifetime.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Maryn's been a grantwriter/consultant (winning $42 million), a grant trainer, reviewer, author, speaker, mentor, and, since 2006, even a grantmaker. Her 3-D expertise lends a unique insider's viewpoint to the grantsmanship training she shares with thousands of people annually through GrantsMagic U. A dual citizen of the grants world, Maryn may be the only person who's a member of both Grant Professionals Association (for grantseekers) and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (for grantmakers)