What riding elephants teaches about running nonprofits

In my early 20s, I ran a tourism bureau that hosted an old-fashioned traveling circus. We promoted “The Greatest Show on Earth” by auctioning off a ride on a baby elephant. A six-year-old girl won the contest. Her mother wisely insisted that she be accompanied by an adult. That launched my elephant riding career and revealed unlikely lessons about running nonprofits.

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Every transition ends with a new beginning

For most of my life, I wished for one thing – more time. That, and thinner thighs. In 2016, I got my first wish. The ed-tech startup company I’d worked for abruptly closed, bumping the entire team to the unemployment curb. In hindsight, the sudden shutdown was a rare and wonderful gift. 

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Anne Hunter