NACRO Leadership Decade in Review
As we march towards the 10th annual NACROcon in Seattle next August, we’ll be counting down the years by highlighting a Board member, beginning with our newest members and working towards those there at the beginning.
Julie SmithCo-Chair, Professional Development
Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Elected to Board of Directors in 2016
I began my first position in a university setting in 2012 after a 10 year career in corporate and foundation relations at a large non-profit (Center for Disease Control). I planned for an easy transition given I had plenty of CFR experience under my belt. As you can imagine, the transition was not so easy. Understanding the workings of a large public university and its associated foundation as well as navigating the relationship between development and sponsored research left my head spinning. Thankfully, a former colleague had been a member of NACRO and I found the Five Essential Elements of a Successful Twenty-First Century University Corporate Relations Program paper in his old files. I joined NACRO and attended my first conference at Purdue University. NACRO has been such an important asset as I transitioned not only from non profit work but then from a large public institution to a midsized private university. The formal training during conference is critical for me to be an informed resource at my school and the informal network of colleagues has been invaluable for benchmarking and sometimes just a listening ear. I signed on to the professional development committee at my first conference and have been an active member ever since, helping to develop the Mastery Series. This year I am co-chair of the committee and am enjoying the chance to learn from the Webinar subcommittee and we have also included Blueprint under our umbrella this year. As a member of the Board, it’s amazing to see what the organization is accomplishing powered by a dedicated group of volunteers.