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Koya Leadership Partners: 13 Years and Counting

Koya was founded thirteen years ago today with an ambitious goal: Put transformational leaders in place to foster a thriving nonprofit sector reflective of the world we live in. We are so proud that our most recent retention data shows we truly are finding the right people and putting them in the right place:

Since 2014, Koya-placed candidates who are still in their […]

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#Thankful November – Gratitude Through Service

Koya Leadership Partners was founded on the belief that the right person in the right place can change the world. One of the ways we embody this philosophy is by supporting nonprofits in our local communities through our Corporate Giving Program.

Each year, Koya makes a stipend available to each employee to invest in a nonprofit of his or her choosing. These “Passion Projects” have empowered girls through leadership training and STEM programs, built bog bridges and supported conservation efforts, reduced […]

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Erin Reedy – Sponsoring Education for Girls Around the World

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

The Malala Fund: Enables girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities.

Why The Malala Fund?

For my Passion Project, I organized a showing of the documentary film, “He Named Me Malala.” The film showcases Malala Yousafzai and […]

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Sayda Zelaya – Empowering Girls to Join STEM Programs

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

cuSTEMized: provides personalized STEM-related motivational storybooks, posters, and other media products to encourage kids, in particular girls, in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Why cuSTEMized?

I support cuSTEMized because I believe that more girls need to be exposed to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and encouraged to envision themselves in STEM.

Why this Matters: […]

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Marissa Martin – Day of Service in South Side Chicago

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

The Night Ministry: Works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness.

Why The Night Ministry?

For my Passion Project, my friends and I, in collaboration with The Night Ministry, will be celebrating my birthday by preparing, delivering and serving dinner to over 150 […]

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Sam Simmons – Supporting After School Programs in My Community

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

Boys & Girls Club of Medford & Somerville: Inspires and enables all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive and responsible citizens.

Why Boys & Girls Club of Medford & Somerville?

I was paired with Boys & Girls Club of Medford & Somerville through the […]

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Turner Delano – Appreciating the Service of our Veterans

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

American Heroes Saltwater Challenge: Provides an all-expense paid trip to Martha’s Vineyard to recovering veterans and their families on an annual basis.

Why American Heroes Saltwater Challenge?

I support the American Heroes Saltwater Challenge because I believe that those who have bravely served our Nation deserve our warm welcome and support.

The American Heroes Saltwater […]

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Miecha Forbes – Equalizing Access to Education for Middle School Students

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

High Jump: Equalizes access to education for middle school students who have exhibited academic ambition and potential and who are of limited economic means.

Why High Jump?

I have always seen education as the great equalizer in this country. Through academic enrichment, counseling, and support, High Jump helps its participants get into exceptional college […]

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Alina Michelewicz – Building Bog Bridges at the Bay Circuit Trail

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

Appalachian Mountain Club: Promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Why Appalachian Mountain Club?

My husband and I did a lot of hiking this year. I’ve volunteered with several different organizations to support conservation and trail maintenance. My favorite organization and volunteer […]

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Katie Bouton – Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember

Name of your Passion Project: 

IGNITE: building a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders.

Why IGNITE?

I support IGNITE because I believe that every girl should see herself reflected in the faces of the leaders around her. Every young woman should know that every door is open to her, and […]

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Koya’s Unique Approach to Employee Wellness

Every year Koya Leadership Partners shuts down for a full week before Labor Day. This has been a tradition at Koya since I founded the company more than a dozen years ago, and it’s one that I value deeply.

I founded Koya because I strongly believe in our mission: The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World. Nonprofits demand the same level of talent and recruiting expertise that for-profits have benefitted from for decades because their work is […]

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Why You Need to Take a Summer Vacation

By Allison Wyatt, Vice President, Human Capital Consulting

Americans get an average of 12 vacation days each year, but a study conducted by the Families and Work Institute found that less than half of U.S. employees take their full vacation allowance.

Even when we are on vacation, we tend to remain plugged in. My family just returned from vacation during which my husband worked all night most of the week in order to spend time with us during the day. The problem? […]

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Infinite Difference

Infinite Difference: Samhita Reddy, Red Hook Initiative

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Meet this month’s Infinite Difference leader: Samhita Reddy from Brooklyn’s Red Hook Initiative. She spoke to Koya about forging her own authentic path, the lasting impact of Harper Lee, and how Chris Rock has helped her fight for social justice. www.infinitedifference.com

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Job Seekers

The Perfect Match: Bringing CFO Candidate Anand Kesavan and KIPP Austin Together To Make A Difference

In 2014, Koya Leadership Partners had the pleasure of working with KIPP Austin to find the perfect candidate for their chief financial officer (CFO) position. We found and placed successful investment banker Anand Kesavan, who decided to trade his corporate gig for fulfilling work in the nonprofit sector after working one-on-one with Koya to ensure he was the perfect match for the job. A strong candidate with family ties to charter school work, Anand and KIPP Austin really were the […]

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Koya Leadership Partners Appoints Marissa Martin as Vice President

CHICAGO (March 12, 2015) – Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm focused on the nonprofit sector, is pleased to announce today the appointment of Marissa Martin as vice president. Based in Koya’s Chicago office, Martin will join an executive search team committed to recruiting and retaining diverse senior level professionals to high impact nonprofit organizations nationwide.

“Marissa’s dedication to the senior executive search process strongly aligns with Koya Leadership Partners’ values and deep commitment to serving our clients in […]

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Diversity

Koya’s Advice on Building Diverse, Inclusive Leadership Teams Featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)

There is an increasing body of evidence that diverse teams of varying racial and ethnic makeup produce better results. They perform better financially, gain a competitive edge when recruiting top talent, experience less employee turnover, and offer greater benefits for those they serve. This is true in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, but is particularly important for nonprofits that serve communities of color, which is overwhelmingly the case in the education sector. Nearly half of the students in the […]

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Koya’s New Web Site!

We are thrilled to release a new look and feel for Koya’s web site and invite you to take a minute to explore it. One of the additions we are most excited about is the Success Stories page, where we highlight recently placed candidates. Our guiding philosophy – The right person in the right place can change the world – is coming to life through these placements. All of us at Koya are honored to have the opportunity to connect incredibly […]

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