Diane Hsiung serves YNPNdc as an Inner Circles Coordinator, where she develops programming and leads discussions for YNPNdc’s peer conversations series, Inner Circles. Outside of her Inner Circles responsibilities, she’s a Membership Services Associate at the Association of Community College Trustees. A New York native that now calls DC home, Diane is described as a dedicated professional with a secret flair for all things monarch. We asked Diane a few questions about what inspired her to work in the nonprofit sector and join YNPNdc. Check out her answers below, and be sure to say hello at our next Inner Circles!
What brought you to the nonprofit world?
I’ve always believed that we could make a difference, small or large. The nonprofit world provided that opportunity to me to do so and still does today.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Interacting with our members. Since we are a national association, I get to chat with our members who are extremely passionate about supporting their community. Each has their own unique experience and background, but ultimately they want to make sure their students succeed. This validates how much we all can learn and work from one another.
What do you love about volunteering with YNPNdc?
Meeting other non-profit professionals. It’s great that we have this network where we can share our concerns, ideas, and interests.
How have you grown at YNPNdc?
In the short time I’ve been involved, it has encouraged me to think outside of the box and be creative.
If you could describe YNPNdc in one word, what would it be?
What’s the most important life lesson you’ve learned?
I’ve learned that life would not be interesting if everything came easy. If it was, then how could we learn, grow, and appreciate the things what we’ve worked so hard for? Challenges encourage us to be dynamic and not be stagnant in life.