There is something truly unique in the world we live in when ideas are generated, and businesses started, simply with the goal to help others.
A handful of years ago, at the height of the recession, Chris and Ashlee Kleinert started Executives in Action, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization designed to do just this, help others. At the time, when layoffs were the the norm and helping your local charity was the last thing on anyone’s mind, Executives in Action (EIA) began with the goal to change this.
EIA acts a the middle man, taking executive level, out of work individuals and pairing them with non-profit organizations in the Dallas area who have a particular need or problem that the executive, with their lifetime of business experience, can solve. Whether this be implementing budget guidelines, helping with IT support, management training, you name it, EIA pairs those with the best skill set needed to help the non-profit.
The result, the out of work individual has a new purpose and reason to get up in the morning, keeping their skills sharp and mind ready for their next adventure, and adds incredible resources that many non-profits would never be able to afford. Working in a pro bono capacity, EIA is building the community by strengthening other nonprofit organizations. As someone who runs a non-profit and wears a lot of hats, it is comforting to know that if I needed some sort of particular assistance I could apply for a grant to request help from EIA.
On February 13 they host one of their major fundraisers of the year, their annual Book and Breakfast event featuring New York Times bestselling author, Greg McKeown, author of “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.” It is an important read for any (and all of us) who feel they have too much on their plate, or platter. One key topic I picked up in reading notes that by saying no, something truly impossible for so many, and taking on less you can actually be so much more productive for all, especially yourself. The breakfast is at Dallas Country Club starting at 8am, and will be emceed by my love, Gary Cogill. Tickets are available here.
Gary and Ashlee visited “The Broadcast” on Tuesday to talk a little about the event and the incredible work EIA does, linked above. If you want a bit more information on EIA’s work and how it has directly helped one particular non-profit in town, New Friends New Life, tune into the 4pm news on WFAA-TV on Monday for Shelly Slater’s story on the organization.
I was recently asked to join the board of EIA. I couldn’t be more proud to be involved with this incredible non-profit doing so much good for others.
We hope to see you next Friday.