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Developing the Next Generation of Philanthropic Leaders

Posted on Wed, Dec 21 2016 12:00 pm by Sara Olesen, incoming GenYWCA Chair

GenYWCA Emerging Leaders

My mentor introduced me to GenYWCA three years ago as an opportunity to develop leadership skills and advance a critical social justice mission in our community. As a corporate banker at Wells Fargo, it’s been one of the best things I could do for my career and personal fulfillment.

Sara Olesen, GenYWCA Young Professionals

My GenYWCA Year-At-A-Glance


I was on the Circle of Women Steering Committee where I had the opportunity to solicit purse donations for a purse auction that raised $40,000 for YWCA Minneapolis programs. Through the steering committee I networked with the YWCA Minneapolis board and other high impact Twin Cities professionals.


I co-coordinated a group of 12 volunteers to host children’s activities at Open Streets East Lake in front of our YWCA Midtown location. It was truly the highlight of my summer and a chance to give back and celebrate the diversity and health of Minneapolis.


I volunteered at the YWCA Women’s Triathlon at a water stop on the run course and cheered on over 1,000 triathletes.


GenYWCA hosted a fabulous event called “Managing Yourself Online for Success” with award-winning LinkedIn Trainer, Anne Pryor.


I built a personal fundraising page to support YWCA Minneapolis on Give to the Max Day. Overall, GenYWCA raised $16,415.

Grow You Network, Give Back

This and more has been so rewarding for me this year. My network is strong and growing, and I continue to find joy giving back to our community. I’m excited to take the lead of GenYWCA as Chair for the next two years. Please reach out anytime at GenYWCA@ywcampls.org if you or someone you know would like to get involved.

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