As a corporate strategy analyst, Aya feeds off of collaboration. Factor in her desire to make a difference and you have a truly energizing pro bono experience on your hands.
My pro bono experience in just one word? Enlightening.
I initially decided to volunteer pro bono because I was looking to “lend” my skills to nonprofits. My friends in the public sector had always mentioned being under-resourced in many key areas. Now along with spinning and boxing, pro bono is one of my favorite things to do outside of work!
An inspiring day of service
As a Corporate Strategy Analyst, I was able to donate my professional skills with two nonprofits as a part of Taproot and American Express’s pro bono Speed Consulting event. It was a cool way to give back to my city during 9/11 Day of Service. Prior to working as a strategy volunteer with Taproot, I also had the opportunity to work on pro bono projects through my previous firm. My favorite part of pro bono projects is the collaboration between the nonprofit professionals and pro bono volunteers. The excitement that both sides bring to the table is incredibly invigorating.
Go make a difference
Pro bono allows me to make an impact with social causes I care about , and that inspires me. Each nonprofit professional I’ve volunteered with is amazing. I can’t wait to see the work that they continue to do for our communities. And, to professionals like me wondering if they should give back through pro bono- DO IT! There’s definitely a project where your skill set is desperately needed.