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Women Behind WE: Patrina Johnson, Compliance & Development Manager

Where do you currently work, and what is your job description?

I currently serve as the Development Associate at Emancipation Park Conservancy where I am responsible for raising contributed dollars through our comprehensive fundraising program.

Does your current role align with your career goals?

Yes. As a nonprofit professional, my current role allows me the opportunity to develop relationships, collaborate with community partners, and leverage resources to help Emancipation Park Conservancy achieve its mission.

What is your ultimate vision, or long term goal?

My ultimate vision is to connect nonprofit organizations, both nationally and internationally, to resources that will help them achieve their mission.

Do you have any special projects you are working on to accomplish your goals? If so, can you tell us a little bit about what that is?

I am currently working on three special projects that will help me reach my ultimate goal. However, because I live by the mantra “make moves … not announcements”, those projects in time will unveil themselves.

How do you define success? How are you currently visualizing your success?

I define success as dreaming so big that you cannot accomplish “it” without the collaboration of partners, the leveraging of resources, and the empowerment of others to accomplish a goal. I am currently visualizing my success as working with a group of talented individuals while using finances, capital and subject matter experts to find quick and clever ways to help nonprofit organizations achieve their mission.

What is some advice you would give to a young lady with a similar dream as yours?

Make moves, and not announcements. Find a mentor who you aspire to be like and connect with them. Establish a network of peers with whom you all can mutually benefit from one another. Be a mentor to someone who was once in your shoes. Daydream – and dream big. Think outside the box and be innovative. Be the exception to the rule. Don’t ask yourself “Can this be done?” Instead, ask yourself “How can this be done?!” Finally, Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Describe, from your perspective, what Women Exceeding represents.

She has a dream. She plans and prepares. She stands on the shoulders of those gone on before her. Their glass ceiling has become her floor. She executes and exceeds. That is what Women Exceeding represents.

 

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