Jodi Brockington isn’t the power woman blazing the trails of success burning and forgetting people along the way. Nope.
Jodi is a firm believer in connecting women (yes, and men too) to the outlets they need to be successful. Why? Because she knows what it means to pay it forward.
Jodi will tell you, “No woman gets anywhere on her own.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. Can I get an AMEN somebody?!
Jodi is a master connector; as she’s affectionatley referred to on Friends of Jodi. She is the connection between the six degrees we all share. She is a fundraiser, a board member, a volunteer, a career coach, a mentor and a motivator. In nearly every avenue of her life she is making a way for someone else- simply because someone did it for her.
Jodi gets it. She gets that in this world, we all need the hand of someone else to get us where we’d like to be. More important, sometimes we must be that hand. Therefore, it comes at no surprise that Jodi lives her life doing her part to give back.
Her greatest influence? Her mother.
There are lots of young(ish) women like myself, approaching what we’d like to believe is the helm of our careers. But we cannot do it alone. We need each other. We can’t expect the next “30 under 30” *cough* or “40 under 40” *cough* award to completely define who we are. That is why women like Jodi make such a difference.
Jodi wants to see others do great things. Even greater things than she’s done.
So how can you take a page out of Jodi’s book of success? Well so glad you asked. Jodi breaks it down in what I like to call:
Jodi’s Gems to Success
If you want a life in philanthropy, charity work, volunteerism, or even looking to make a career out of it, Jodi suggests first Research Yourself.
Thing is, you are already such a busy person. Getting active in your community is another addition to your life. Make sure you are really ready for another personal commitment, time commitment and another challenge.
Next Jodi, advises Research Your Organization.
“Base the organization you choose on your passion”, she says. It may seem obvious but what you don’t want to do, is seek out PETA when you are a carnivorous carnivore. No Wacka Flocka ads, please.
Once you research your organization, Volunteer with them FIRST.
The great thing about this is ‘they can’t fire a volunteer’, Jodi jokes. She’s right, they can’t. “Volunteering is a great way to get experience to see if you really like your organization,’ she says. Quite honestly, the place you thought you loved may not be as “great” as they appear. Get your feet wet first at arm’s length before you take a nose dive in.
Then if you see yourself doing more, Sit on a Board of Directors.
When Jodi encouraged me to join a board, I had no idea it would become my joy. It is the quintessential opportunity for those who may not want to work in the public sector but still want to make a tangible difference from the top down. Jodi suggests using BoardNet to find an organization, ‘it’s like match.com for those seeking to serve on board’, she says. She also loves to invite folks to get training with BoardServNYC– formerly Linkages.
The bottom line is when getting involved with civic work, ‘it needs to be your cause’, Jodi says. There is no way you can advocate for an organization through volunteer work or as a staff member without believing in their mission wholeheartedly.
At the end of the day your life’s work will speak for itself. Jodi’s already does.
Jodi has no regrets in her career path and is forever grateful for her defining moment that came while ‘working from her bed’. She never imagined being out of work due to an injury would change the course of her career for the better. It was during this time she began working for herself doing exactly what she loved. “There is no greater feeling than doing what you love and making money from it”, Jodi remarks.
You never know how much you can change someone’s life until you do it. So whether you decide to become a civic leader or public sector professional, do it with an open heart while always reaching back to help someone behind you.
Thank you Jodi for sharing your wealth of knowledge with me. I hope I can be to someone else all you have been to me. 🙂
<——-** Jodi is the currently the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy of NEXUS Brands, a corporation with community reinvestment through strategic partnerships with local non-profits at the core of its business philosophy. Jodi is always happy to help. If you have any questions for her, feel free to reach her at Jodi@FriendsofJodi.com