Finding (and Keeping) Good People

May 21, 2021

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Michelle Pagano Heck

About Michelle Pagano Heck

Nonprofit Talent

President and Owner of Nonprofit Talent, the Pittsburgh region’s leading nonprofit executive search firm, Michelle Pagano Heck works with the social sector to improve the capacity of organizations through transition management and executive recruitment. Mission-driven, Michelle listens to the needs of clients and works as a partner with organizations to fulfill their vision. 

Before launching Nonprofit Talent in 2013, Michelle was Senior Consultant with Dewey & Kaye. Previously, Michelle worked as the Executive Director of WQEDfm, Community Relations Director of WQED Multimedia, Director of Development for the Children’s Home, Director of Corporate Relations for the American Cancer Society, and various other positions of leadership in the nonprofit community. In addition to her background as a strategy consultant and talent recruiter, Michelle was the Assistant Director of Admissions for Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and a school counselor at St. Andrew’s School in Florida. 

A 2019 Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award recipient, Michelle serves as an Alumni Board member of The College of Wooster, an Advisory Board member of Humane Animal Rescue, and is on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO). She is a 2021 “Women & Business” honoree of Pittsburgh Magazine.  She is a guest lecturer at The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and various associations and organizations.

Episode Summary

Today we are going to be discussing the importance of having good people at your nonprofit. Anyone’s who’s managed a nonprofit or who has been a board member knows it’s hard to find great employees and often harder to keep them. Unfortunately, that’s the case whether you are a mom-and-pop shop or a $100 million dollar a year operation.

Smaller nonprofits that find stable funding need to grow from a place where the Exec Director wears too many hats and does literally everything to one where she is focused on getting back to the good work she started the nonprofit for. Larger nonprofits look to create specialized positions to help specific programs grow. And just about every organization is trying to figure out whether this remote thing is here to stay or we’ll actually be back in offices on day.

So today we’re joined by Michelle Pagano Heck, who is going to give us some tips on finding good people and helping them succeed in their role with your organization.

Michelle is President and Owner of Nonprofit Talent, a leading nonprofit executive search firm. Michelle has served in various nonprofit executive roles, is a Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award recipient, a board member of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofits, and a guest lecturer at The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and various other associations and organizations.

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