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The Summit Speaker Series: Michele Litt, Volunteer to Professional
February 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Come Hear How Michele Found a Renewed Professional Path After 25 Years as a Mother and Full-Time Volunteer
Before returning to the workforce, on top of being a mother to my two biological children and one adopted child from Nigeria, I was using my skills in a variety of unpaid non-profit roles. My passion has been helping organizations and individuals make a difference in the lives of others; particularly those less fortunate. What prompted me to return to the workforce is that on some levels, due to the work I was doing and the time I spent doing it, it felt like I really hadn’t left.
My title is Director of Impact Philanthropy and for the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. I think of myself as a strategic thinker, fundraiser, and connector. I work with a team of entrepreneurial and passionate professionals who think creatively to solve the problems that exist in Fairfield County. Our impact work is centered around working collectively with members of the community, governments and businesses to knock down the barriers to opportunity.
My life has changed in a number of ways since returning to work. First, I have had to learn to juggle family, work as well as on-boarding in a remote environment. And second, I am learning and meeting people who are passionate and changing lives in a myriad of ways on the grassroots level. I am listening and growing and hopefully helping to make a difference.
– Michele Litt
Sheilah Crowley is a coach specifically to women asking the question, “What’s next for me?” She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Vermont, coaching certification from NYU, career counseling certification from GetFive Outplacement and is ICF Certified. Sheilah spent the first part of her career working in non-profit management at City Harvest, the first and largest food rescue organization in the country based in New York City. She’s looking forward to resuming her volunteering role as a prep chef at her local soup kitchen in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, where she lives with her husband and two children.