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Friday, June 25, 2021
Facebook Live Video from 2021/06/25 - Bedtime, Books, and the Pajama Program

Facebook Live Video from 2021/06/25 - Bedtime, Books, and the Pajama Program


2021/06/25 - Bedtime, Books, and the Pajama Program

[NEW EPISODE] Bedtime, Books, and the Pajama Program

Finding Your Pajamas began when I made it my mission to get children across New York City a pair of pajamas. From there we expanded across the country! Before I began volunteering to read bedtime stories at shelters, I had no idea that tens of thousands of children were going to bed every night without pajamas. Once I knew, my heart seemed to know what to do.

Genevieve Piturro was a TV executive in NYC for 20 years when a little girl’s question changed the course of her life - and she jumped off the corporate ladder. She began delivering pajamas and books to children in shelters and in 2001 founded Pajama Program, a national non-profit which is recognized for both its success - to date having delivered 7 million new pajamas and new books to children through its 63 chapters across the US - and Genevieve’s story.

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Show Notes

Segment 1

This week Tommy introduces Genevieve Piturro, founder of Pajama Program. Tommy gives some insight to Genevieve’s working past in television. While working in the entertainment business, she felt inside that she heard “Is this what you want to do for the next 30 years of your life.” Genevieve explains she was reading to a children's shelter when a little girl's question changed what she wanted to do with her life, she decided she wanted to help others by providing pajamas to them.

Segment 2

The two talk about the impact of one idea, and how Genevieve turned one idea into 7 million pajamas. Genevieve tells how she was inspired by the children and became obsessed with helping them, then began to plan and organize her non-profit. She recalls being a workaholic and waiting to leave to get pajamas, she explains the feeling like juggling her time. Genevieve explains how she realized that she could make her purpose her job.

Segment 3

Genevieve talks about her journey to get to where she is today. She explains that in her corporate setting there was not much purpose or inspiration, but now she feels that it has changed. Tommy talks about getting involved in things you are passionate about, that could be things separate from work or in your work. Genevieve also admits that she did not know what she was doing in the beginning but learned as time went on.

Segment 4

Genevieve explains what Pajama Program does for children and how the non-profit works. She further explains that they focus on bedtime and how important it is for children to have comfort and stability. Tommy and Genevieve talk about networking and other non-profit organizations leaders they know and share stories with, and how they are all so passionate about the work they do.


00:00:23.280 --> 00:00:25.230 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Friday morning as my song.

00:00:25.350 --> 00:00:34.800 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: it's your boy coming at you just blow the roof above the second floor the nonprofit sector connect to your boy Tommy coming at you from the attic.

00:00:35.370 --> 00:00:47.520 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: About 16 months here in the attic now 26 episodes of philanthropy and focus in the universe it all started out as an idea it all started out as an idea in my head, it was a calling and I in fact I was listening to.

00:00:47.880 --> 00:00:58.290 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: an interview with with my my guest here today my new friend Jennifer even and I was thinking about what happened with philanthropy focus and it would her story really.

00:00:58.890 --> 00:01:07.080 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: brought something up for me, because we get these callings in life we get these callings we get these opportunities something knocking inside or knocking on our.

00:01:07.800 --> 00:01:14.520 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: head and saying hey here's this thing you need to go do maybe we didn't look for it, maybe we didn't ask for it, but I think it's the universe or God or whatever.

00:01:15.060 --> 00:01:20.580 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You subscribe to that's telling you that this is where you're supposed to go so i'm going to be, you know.

00:01:21.300 --> 00:01:31.110 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i've even been to introduce the show yet and i'm already in the meeting hold on Tommy do you relax settle that good I am the nonprofit sector connector every single week on Friday mornings 10am.

00:01:31.650 --> 00:01:42.540 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Eastern time here on talk radio dot nyc on the Facebook talking alternative broadcasting, you will find my show philanthropy and focus, because I know that nonprofits do incredible work.

00:01:43.230 --> 00:01:50.100 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: All the time they make an incredible impact and I don't think they're recognized enough for it, I don't think that.

00:01:51.690 --> 00:02:02.160 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: People are aware of all the work, not everybody, I know, some people are in the know and aware of this, but my deal is, I want to highlight and spotlight nonprofit organizations so every single Friday morning.

00:02:02.460 --> 00:02:08.850 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You can join me in my attic don't don't show up in my house and start knocking i'm not actually inviting you guys to come to the attic.

00:02:09.330 --> 00:02:14.520 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: virtually any addict you come hang out with me and maybe one day we'll have a studio setup like an addict you're.

00:02:15.030 --> 00:02:21.900 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: There was a movie wayne's world and one time when Wayne and garth got the deal, and they were like and put them on TV they literally made waves.

00:02:22.290 --> 00:02:35.490 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Like basement like in the studio so maybe one day when Tommy is a big deal they'll have a studio that looks like my attic and we'll do the show from there one day but anyway that's not what we're doing right now we're doing the show from my real attic in my real house.

00:02:36.840 --> 00:02:39.750 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I am here to just amplify the message I bring on a founder.

00:02:40.110 --> 00:02:51.030 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: A executive director of a nonprofit each week sometimes it's one in the same sometimes in the case of today it's somebody who was the founder and the leader and has now sort of moved on and let the organization.

00:02:51.780 --> 00:02:58.560 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: kind of advanced further without her being involved in the day to day, so let me, let me just first of all.

00:02:58.860 --> 00:03:09.810 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I have some stuff I want to read about your background bio Genevieve, but let me just say before we even dive into that good morning, welcome to the show, welcome to my attic I appreciate you being here, how are you this morning.

00:03:10.260 --> 00:03:15.270 Genevieve Piturro: i'm fine i'm fine Thank you Tommy you know you are a big deal what you're doing to highlight.

00:03:15.990 --> 00:03:31.440 Genevieve Piturro: nonprofits is is so helpful, I mean we need all the help we can get we need all the eyes, we need you know the support and we we all have our stories and we want to hear yours, and you know we hope you want to hear ours absolutely.

00:03:32.040 --> 00:03:34.350 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Thanks for saying that, and you know i'm.

00:03:35.280 --> 00:03:42.270 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm a big fan of Tommy D, to be honest with you, you know the character look yes i'm a big fan of me but, like the whole thing i'm a fan of so I appreciate you saying that because.

00:03:42.600 --> 00:03:46.710 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I know what i'm doing is impactful but I I just it was my calling it was something that.

00:03:47.040 --> 00:03:58.290 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I was, I was brought into his idea I had for two and a half years, I said i'm going to run a podcast and all i'm going to do is interview leaders of organizations and help them tell their story like that was it but for two years, I didn't do it, and now I.

00:03:58.710 --> 00:04:12.300 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, this is the way, something I got this persona I have this platform, and now I get to bring people on and help them tell their story, and I think it is making an impact, so thank you for noticing and recognizing it and acknowledging, I appreciate you appreciating me.

00:04:13.440 --> 00:04:19.320 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So all right best selling author speaker personal strategist founder of pajama Program.

00:04:20.370 --> 00:04:30.930 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: inspires people to find more meaning in their lives, and to do more of what they love, I totally dig that comment there because I am at a point in my life, where i'm saying.

00:04:31.980 --> 00:04:37.740 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I like doing this show a whole lot I really enjoy this, I want to do this, five days a week okay.

00:04:38.070 --> 00:04:42.450 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: How do I do that that's what i'm trying to figure out right so it's this whole thing and we'll talk about this today about.

00:04:42.750 --> 00:04:53.280 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: getting into like I do this thing because I get money from doing that thing right or maybe I thought I liked it and it's not as i'm not just speaking from my own personal I think people end up in jobs and careers.

00:04:53.700 --> 00:05:01.980 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: In situations and scenarios that are not giving them juice every day they're not getting them fired up, but they do it because of responsibility, whatever that there's a.

00:05:02.670 --> 00:05:19.680 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: variety of reasons, so Genevieve tutorial was a TV executive for for in New York City for over 20 years when a little girls comment or question rather changed and spark a caitlyn entirely different idea to a current an entirely different direction.

00:05:22.020 --> 00:05:28.470 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Founded pajama program which will be talking about listen to this folks I love the big numbers okay.

00:05:28.920 --> 00:05:42.510 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: 7 million new pajamas and new books have been given to children through 63 chapters across the country I could sit here and read all these accolades but why don't you tell me the storage and Genevieve just like How did this happen.

00:05:44.100 --> 00:05:58.080 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I know some stuff but how tell tell the folks who didn't listen already and don't know some of this what happened, how does your TV executive I heard a comment on another show that you were so, you said you kind of had like you were like Mary Tyler Moore.

00:05:58.230 --> 00:05:59.280 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Right and.

00:05:59.550 --> 00:06:11.550 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: yoshi throws a hat up in the air, everybody used to I always watch on a Nick at nite you know coach was a hat off and then um so what you're doing that careers going great what happens.

00:06:12.000 --> 00:06:21.870 Genevieve Piturro: Yes, exactly, I thought i'd be Mary Tyler Moore she was my idol and she was success to me a single woman in a big city in the entertainment business, you know she had.

00:06:22.230 --> 00:06:31.920 Genevieve Piturro: A great apartment great friends great clothes and, as a young girl, and the first of four and an Italian Father off the boat from Italy household.

00:06:32.370 --> 00:06:45.450 Genevieve Piturro: Being Mary Tyler Moore was not expected and you know I know that my my parents wanted me to be you know cared for, meaning probably husband and have children and grandchildren for them, you know they're first born a girl.

00:06:45.990 --> 00:06:59.100 Genevieve Piturro: But I secretly had a different plan and I followed my plan much to their dismay for a while, but that's what I wanted, so I did go to school, my dad came here to give us education and all of that.

00:06:59.730 --> 00:07:12.330 Genevieve Piturro: But I went to work right away, and I wanted to climb that ladder and and be a woman, you know successful in a man's world, and then it was men in New York City in the entertainment business lots of them.

00:07:13.050 --> 00:07:26.850 Genevieve Piturro: So I did that, for over 1215 years and, and it was a whirlwind experience you know it was it was crazy and you didn't really have time to stop and think you were just moving moving up and moving out.

00:07:27.510 --> 00:07:34.140 Genevieve Piturro: So one day, though, in my apartment I heard a voice in me and I think it was probably.

00:07:34.740 --> 00:07:47.310 Genevieve Piturro: audible to me because it was one of the first quiet days I hardly ever stopped and they never listened to my to myself and I heard a voice asked me if this is the next 30 years of your life is this enough.

00:07:48.450 --> 00:07:58.110 Genevieve Piturro: And it really spooked me first because i'd never heard it, but then I realized, it must have been there sort of knocking and I was just too busy.

00:07:58.590 --> 00:08:09.840 Genevieve Piturro: or lazy or didn't trust what those little voices were trying to tell me along the way, and when I stopped right then and there it literally took seconds to start to think gee.

00:08:11.040 --> 00:08:26.340 Genevieve Piturro: i'm alone, maybe there was something about my parents dreams for us that was significant you know not to be alone, not to have no one to care for or to care for you, so I immediately thought I didn't have children.

00:08:27.600 --> 00:08:40.470 Genevieve Piturro: Maybe there was a way I could bring children who needed love into my life, so I started calling shelters in New York and in yonkers where I lived where where I grew up out of Manhattan.

00:08:40.860 --> 00:08:46.290 Genevieve Piturro: And I asked where they bring these children, I read about the ones we all see and hear about that are.

00:08:46.530 --> 00:08:55.710 Genevieve Piturro: Are traumatized and that are abused and and hurt and you know horrific ways Where do they bring these children, I know, the police and social workers take them somewhere.

00:08:56.070 --> 00:09:02.310 Genevieve Piturro: And they gave me a couple of places I called and I, and I literally said i'm a nice person can I come and read to the children.

00:09:03.090 --> 00:09:09.720 Genevieve Piturro: And they responded, you know the same way, showing sallie house person that was pre 911 so everything was different.

00:09:10.650 --> 00:09:15.540 Genevieve Piturro: And I went in and I started to reach children at night, and my business suit, I was very unprepared.

00:09:16.020 --> 00:09:22.260 Genevieve Piturro: I fell on the floor because in the pre bear room they sent me to there wasn't much they're very little chairs for little kids.

00:09:22.890 --> 00:09:31.740 Genevieve Piturro: And I saw those little faces at the door, and they are assured them in they were so timid and they saw me sitting on the floor, so they sat on the floor.

00:09:32.220 --> 00:09:48.990 Genevieve Piturro: And I pulled out storybooks in my bag and I just started reading storybooks I knew nothing I didn't know what to expect and I soon realized after a couple times that was the most still I had been in 20 years and the most grounded and connected in some way to them and to myself.

00:09:50.160 --> 00:09:50.790 Genevieve Piturro: One night.

00:09:51.960 --> 00:09:59.520 Genevieve Piturro: Maybe a month in of doing this once or twice a week I said, let me see I wonder where they're taking them to go to sleep after I finished reading with them.

00:10:00.630 --> 00:10:17.220 Genevieve Piturro: And I followed, and when I peered in and saw to maybe more on one caught small sofas nothing to change into some of the work crying their clothes were soil that knew they'd been wearing the same clothes.

00:10:17.820 --> 00:10:28.380 Genevieve Piturro: For, for you know as long as they could figure until they sort of found the clothes for them and have them change somewhere there for a day some a few days.

00:10:28.740 --> 00:10:38.910 Genevieve Piturro: And they were being processed which to this this day Tommy I hate that word and I saw in my in my mind memories of my mom and our.

00:10:39.630 --> 00:10:53.250 Genevieve Piturro: bed time with my sister my brothers in their room and my sister and I in my room and just that love and comfort and giggling and course pajamas and you know story after story in that case on the forehead and the.

00:10:53.820 --> 00:10:59.880 Genevieve Piturro: You know just a kind words in the prayers, and here I am looking at this lonely.

00:11:00.480 --> 00:11:07.140 Genevieve Piturro: bedtime that I said, this is all wrong, and the only words I fell out of my mouth, as they should meet at the door was can I bring some pajamas next time.

00:11:07.770 --> 00:11:19.680 Genevieve Piturro: And I thought that was a nice idea, and so I did, and I started handing them out, and after I read the story, I had the kid stand in a lion one by one, I give a child, a pair of pajamas I pulled out of my bag.

00:11:20.730 --> 00:11:29.100 Genevieve Piturro: I thought would fit them and I spent you know the whole week not worrying about my job, but worrying did I have enough the right sizes, the right pink the right blue.

00:11:29.790 --> 00:11:34.830 Genevieve Piturro: And when I got in this one lat this place halfway through the line for this little girl.

00:11:35.490 --> 00:11:44.460 Genevieve Piturro: She was sort of a master her pigtails will lopsided or her clothes were soiled and through so so so timid frightened.

00:11:45.060 --> 00:11:55.770 Genevieve Piturro: wouldn't take the pajamas and I kept trying kept coaxing her and she stood off to the side because she just kept shaking, no, no, no, and they just took her to the side and she watched me.

00:11:56.250 --> 00:12:12.630 Genevieve Piturro: And finally, when the rest of the kids took their pajamas and went to that rooms asleep, I went back over to her and I tried again and I, and I coaxed her, and I said honey there's so soft I know the fit you don't you want your pajamas and she leaned in and she whispered what our pajamas.

00:12:13.740 --> 00:12:22.140 Genevieve Piturro: And that was it that that was it that was it, it was an obsession from that moment on, and.

00:12:22.890 --> 00:12:39.840 Genevieve Piturro: It was it was like for so many people who start nonprofits or who find their purpose is emotional 1% it can happen in a moment, and that was the beginning of my obsession and the end of the passion or any interest I had for a job.

00:12:40.560 --> 00:12:41.040 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So that was.

00:12:41.790 --> 00:12:47.130 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That was the end that was the end of the old Genevieve pictorial and then.

00:12:47.220 --> 00:13:03.900 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And then, this new I don't not to get too poetic and wild about it, but it is a rebirth it was moving into, and I can I can relate to this type of experience, like seeing like well that's not it anymore like that doesn't I don't I don't get fired up about that this young girl to.

00:13:05.310 --> 00:13:16.830 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What our pajamas first of all right, what are pajamas well that's a that's maybe there's a deeper meaning to what that question there right love and and and warmth and comfort right but.

00:13:17.250 --> 00:13:28.020 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But this young lady just just described didn't even know what in understand what it was like you know, and again I have four children, so you know you have you grew up one of four so you know.

00:13:29.130 --> 00:13:30.540 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You kind of can relate to that.

00:13:32.280 --> 00:13:36.840 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I want to take one thing away, and I want people to ponder this we're going to run through a quick break gang but.

00:13:38.070 --> 00:13:41.760 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What Genevieve said there if this is the next 30 years.

00:13:43.500 --> 00:13:44.220 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Is this enough.

00:13:45.690 --> 00:13:52.470 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Think about that think about that everybody when you go to your next meeting when you go if this is, if this is what you're going to be doing is this where you want to be.

00:13:52.770 --> 00:13:58.950 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: When we come back we're gonna be talking about purpose, passion and pajamas and, what is your purpose.

00:13:59.670 --> 00:14:06.540 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: it's not bad, to go do a job it's it's it's responsible it's appropriate in a lot of ways, but is that really what gets you fired up.

00:14:06.990 --> 00:14:14.520 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: we're going to talk about all that when we come back Genevieve Charles here in the article your blood and nonprofit sector connector Tommy two minutes we'll be right back.

00:16:40.590 --> 00:16:43.020 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I always get a chuckle when we come back to that first break and.

00:16:43.020 --> 00:16:46.320 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: sodas my guests usually they haven't heard the lyrics before and.

00:16:47.520 --> 00:16:58.500 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I you know, one of my boys, I have two sons and three daughters, one of my boys calls me, Mr static right now, because he sings the song to cut through all the static and goes, Mr static in the attic so.

00:16:59.970 --> 00:17:06.570 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That song is is all around my house all right it's your boy Tommy D, the nonprofit sector connector in my attic as as the song tells you.

00:17:07.320 --> 00:17:20.100 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: With Genevieve purgatorial founder of pajama program speaker author inspirational person here's listen to this, the name of the tedx talk is one idea.

00:17:20.790 --> 00:17:26.340 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: plus the human connection equals 7 million pajamas and books.

00:17:27.240 --> 00:17:36.750 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: One idea, plus the human connection equals 7 million pajamas in books, what is the impact of when I did everything you look around your room wherever you are right now folks.

00:17:37.020 --> 00:17:40.860 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: came out of the idea, it was a seedling that somebody came up with.

00:17:41.280 --> 00:17:45.990 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Like let's just talk about this show for an indie for a second here, I think it makes making an impact.

00:17:46.230 --> 00:17:53.490 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I think it's amplifying the message for nonprofit organizations, but if I wasn't happy with this idea calling God cool universe call it whatever.

00:17:53.700 --> 00:17:58.470 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Call it just your own internal call maybe it's so I don't know, but I was grabbed and said to do this thing.

00:17:58.770 --> 00:18:06.690 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And people are responding to it and it's making an impact Genevieve was tapped something was knocking maybe was there, the whole time like you said, but you didn't.

00:18:07.290 --> 00:18:14.850 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: we're so busy we're doing the thing that we never a lot of us don't I don't want to say all of us a lot of us don't get a chance to sit back.

00:18:15.540 --> 00:18:27.090 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: and sit and think quietly doesn't have to be meditation meditation is great, but it could just sit in silence and listen and you'll hear things, and you know i'm.

00:18:28.080 --> 00:18:41.430 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: try it out, Paul rubin my buddy camp good morning checking in on Facebook, he saying people who start nonprofits it's emotional great quote he loves your you know he loves what he had to say about that Paul runs an organization camp good morning.

00:18:43.650 --> 00:18:49.260 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Tragically, one in seven children will lose a parent or a sibling or one or the other, or both.

00:18:49.980 --> 00:18:57.120 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: before the age of 20 and Paul runs its organization out here on long island, which is a camp for children who are mourning the loss of parents that mean so.

00:18:58.050 --> 00:19:01.650 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: isn't it so there's probably something here that maybe pajama program can okay with that.

00:19:02.250 --> 00:19:10.890 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Steve fry my buddy who comes on the show does the program right after my show always Friday always checking out on Facebook, he loves the name of your book he loves the name of it let's get into.

00:19:11.280 --> 00:19:21.720 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: let's get into the stores, do you fry always Friday runs a show with shades on the whole thing you'll you'll like it show as well alright so tell me tell me the story.

00:19:22.800 --> 00:19:35.670 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: you're at you have this career super successful you have everything, these are my words correct me if i'm wrong that you think you want right you got it all this was it like like but something was missing.

00:19:36.660 --> 00:19:51.150 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: How do you get from sitting on the floor talking to these children who are going through tragic times in their life and reading them books and bringing the pajamas to creating an organization that has 63 chapters is making such an impact How does that happen.

00:19:52.290 --> 00:20:05.910 Genevieve Piturro: Well, as I mentioned, I was obsessed so a lot of a lot of entrepreneurs share that a lot of us jump and then figure out how to swim and that's definitely me that's my signature.

00:20:06.690 --> 00:20:16.500 Genevieve Piturro: not always the best way now, some are very thoughtful which is probably something I lacked but have used a little dose of thoughtful and planning and preparation, but.

00:20:17.580 --> 00:20:27.450 Genevieve Piturro: I I was obsessed so my my personal story is is just that I jumped in and I just I couldn't think of anything but.

00:20:27.870 --> 00:20:39.660 Genevieve Piturro: Those kids and what happened was when I started to bring pajamas the staff was excited and they told their friends who were staff members of other places shelters and group homes and.

00:20:40.050 --> 00:20:50.040 Genevieve Piturro: You know organizations that served the kids at risk and families at risk and the more calls I got the more steeped into this.

00:20:50.760 --> 00:21:02.400 Genevieve Piturro: Finding finding a solution to this problem thing and it just it just was mind boggling to me at first that someone didn't know what pajamas were that there were little kids.

00:21:03.360 --> 00:21:16.230 Genevieve Piturro: kids of all ages this little girl must have been about six or so and I just couldn't solve them saying okay that's that's sad, you know I can bring a few but i've got to get back to my work.

00:21:16.560 --> 00:21:16.860 Genevieve Piturro: Because i'm.

00:21:18.480 --> 00:21:29.370 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: sorry about that ECHO, you were done with that at that point right that had there was no going back it was like you couldn't say oh i'd be so often i'll bring some pajamas and that's cool but i'm going to go about my life that wasn't happening.

00:21:29.670 --> 00:21:42.570 Genevieve Piturro: No, I thought it would when I was just reading, but then, when the pajama question came up, yes, but I had to keep my job, you know I needed to pay mortgage and I needed to pay my bills, but my my brain my heart my soul.

00:21:43.080 --> 00:21:46.410 Genevieve Piturro: wasn't sitting there was an empty person sitting in a chair.

00:21:46.920 --> 00:21:55.980 Genevieve Piturro: No soon, I was a workaholic now was nine to five because all I could think about was a long lunch to buy pajamas and leaving the desk as soon as I could divide pajamas and.

00:21:56.220 --> 00:22:02.730 Genevieve Piturro: It was called back then it wasn't appropriate answer your cell phone at your desk was hiding this big thing.

00:22:03.300 --> 00:22:14.250 Genevieve Piturro: and taking, you know that all the information, and you know it was just it was overwhelming and then my book, I say leave the juggling to the clowns because I tried to juggle.

00:22:14.580 --> 00:22:30.750 Genevieve Piturro: And in the middle of all on the beginning of all this, I met a great guy and I had never wanted to settle down, you know I thought about it great great people along the way, but I was on a mission, but when I met him seeing the universe God.

00:22:31.020 --> 00:22:34.380 Genevieve Piturro: Have you know, a plan that said hey you may need a little help you make.

00:22:34.440 --> 00:22:43.710 Genevieve Piturro: This is a great guy you know don't be so quick to stay so independent you know you can have both you can have your independence, and you can have a great partner and.

00:22:44.310 --> 00:22:52.650 Genevieve Piturro: You know, when I when I told him, you know that I was really looking to leave the corporate world I knew how to tell him because he expected to income family.

00:22:53.130 --> 00:23:10.230 Genevieve Piturro: he's a go for it, and so I knew I knew that he was sent to me a special gift, so it was it was really hard really hard and I did a lot of damage trying to juggle because my heart was in one place and and my practical you know where's the money where's in another place.

00:23:12.540 --> 00:23:22.260 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Here that that's probably not ideal, the best way to do it doing that juggling move like you're talking about, but sometimes it's necessary to for people like it, you know, and you compare that to entrepreneurs, where.

00:23:22.860 --> 00:23:29.970 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, you can work your nine to five and then it's What do you do from five to nine or five to 2am or whatever it is to build your other business it's not.

00:23:30.390 --> 00:23:41.250 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Not necessarily ideal, although sometimes you know I don't think people should be discouraged to and not take a shot at stuff because you know they they need to do it, I know, in my own life, you know and.

00:23:41.670 --> 00:23:51.000 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, having full time gigs in the past when when really my passion live somewhere else and but, again, there are responsibilities that we have and.

00:23:51.630 --> 00:24:07.110 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What what have you found that, like most people are is there is their fear that they don't lead live their purpose and their passion is it, they don't even realize that there is something more like I find people just you know.

00:24:08.370 --> 00:24:19.470 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Many people in life, I think they get a job and they do a job, and you know they go to the place and they drive the car and they come to the House, and they have the food and they watch the TV BA BA BA BA BA.

00:24:20.460 --> 00:24:29.520 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And 7080 years can go by and they never actually got to kind of the juice of life and is that in your experience in speaking to so many people is that.

00:24:30.300 --> 00:24:41.670 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Fear is it not even knowing I could have gotten did something or is it, what do you have like an answer to that like where why people don't get to the point where they're just like.

00:24:42.480 --> 00:24:51.090 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: In state like Tony robbins would say in state like beings they like they're just fired up and juiced and like what's your experience with that what why people don't get there.

00:24:51.540 --> 00:24:59.340 Genevieve Piturro: I think, for many of us who weren't raised that way we weren't raised from a young age that finding your purpose could be your job.

00:24:59.820 --> 00:25:07.620 Genevieve Piturro: And that it was the right way to go, and all the benefits not only to you feeling fulfilled, but to the greater good, because it does.

00:25:08.040 --> 00:25:15.000 Genevieve Piturro: It does spread out to your people in your life if you're happy and you're doing something wonderful that you can't wait to do every day.

00:25:15.240 --> 00:25:30.420 Genevieve Piturro: you're bringing that energy enthusiasm and it spreads to those in your in your group your family or friends or communities for the greater good, whether it's a nonprofit or not, and I don't think we were given that option, I never thought that that there was something.

00:25:32.310 --> 00:25:47.280 Genevieve Piturro: Out there that was just for me to do I think a lot of those people in my generation your generation were expected to get a job and we expected out of ourselves to follow a path that had already been taken.

00:25:47.850 --> 00:25:57.540 Genevieve Piturro: Because that was success or that was known there were people who got open doors for us and those existed those past existed.

00:25:57.870 --> 00:26:10.080 Genevieve Piturro: But when you find your purpose it's not a one size fits all like a job one size fits many it's your own and unless you are supported from day one, when you are young.

00:26:10.980 --> 00:26:23.100 Genevieve Piturro: In that it's something that's personally yours, you have a right to investigated and to build your career your life your work around this purpose.

00:26:23.760 --> 00:26:36.480 Genevieve Piturro: And I think it would be different for so many of us, but the younger people younger people, and I speak to a lot of them, they are more more so than we were and more on purpose.

00:26:36.960 --> 00:26:44.430 Genevieve Piturro: And if they are going for a job you know they asked the interview what community service does this nation support, I never asked that.

00:26:44.940 --> 00:27:00.840 Genevieve Piturro: And I think it's so it's so beautiful that that's part of the process for them choosing where they might want to work, but for so many of them, the entrepreneur is the way to go, and they are, they are more in tune with that as an option, as a group.

00:27:03.180 --> 00:27:09.720 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I I couldn't agree with you more and all that was coming up for me it while you're speaking, was somebody who just mentioned it to me like.

00:27:10.560 --> 00:27:19.860 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Within the last 24 hours, he said i'm I can't remember was off to look back at my notes, but they said i'm gonna hook you up with a nonprofit organization somebody out on the west coast and what they're doing is.

00:27:20.550 --> 00:27:24.780 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: they're trying to do away with this understanding of the starving artist.

00:27:25.530 --> 00:27:27.420 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The trying to do away with the fact that, like you.

00:27:27.690 --> 00:27:38.280 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: know if you're an artist and you don't have somebody supporting you, you know, then you're never going to make it all those SLIM few will make it or I don't know enough about it but but but it's in my head it's in your as you were talking because.

00:27:39.690 --> 00:27:43.830 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What I was getting from that and what you were saying and what you're thinking about, as well as.

00:27:44.760 --> 00:27:58.590 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You don't have to struggle, just because you want to live your passion like you can actually turn what it is you dig my vernacular sorry talk, I really dig doing this thing well, maybe do that thing and.

00:27:59.400 --> 00:28:06.570 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Somehow create revenue create content great, especially in this day and age, where you can just do things like what we're doing right here, and this becomes.

00:28:07.980 --> 00:28:16.560 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The plainfield is is leveled like you know we can reach people, whether it be YouTube, whether it be doing videos and podcasts and things like this, but.

00:28:16.890 --> 00:28:26.250 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You can get access to people, if you want to tell a good story and there's a guy called Gary van der chuck Gary vee who i've watched a lot of his stuff and and and one of the things that I picked up from him over the years is.

00:28:27.360 --> 00:28:35.100 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: If you're passionate about something and that's really where a lot of this podcast with philanthropy focus comes from if you're passionate about something and you're fired up about it.

00:28:35.670 --> 00:28:42.030 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: you'll find your audience, you will find the people your your quote unquote tribe is you find your tribe right that kind of deal.

00:28:42.540 --> 00:28:48.060 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And like that's what i'm digging this conversation so much we got to take a quick break, but when we come back.

00:28:48.870 --> 00:28:53.880 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'd love to flow this into sort of the organization as well, but I do want to hear more about.

00:28:54.150 --> 00:29:03.870 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Your experience around around purpose and maybe some research you've done for the book and things like that so let's talk about that when we come back we'll do a little bit more on purpose, passion and.

00:29:04.770 --> 00:29:10.200 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Then no one's talking about pajama program what it actually looks like and what that looks like to individuals each day cool.

00:29:11.490 --> 00:29:19.440 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: All right, let's do it Tommy D in the attic Genevieve tutorials here purpose passion pajamas in the pajama program will be back in two minutes don't go too far.

00:32:03.060 --> 00:32:08.970 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Tommy in his attic well that's me join me in my attic every single Friday morning 10am Eastern time 11am.

00:32:09.360 --> 00:32:17.370 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Where I amplify the message for nonprofit organizations nonprofits change our world man listen up they change our world.

00:32:18.210 --> 00:32:28.260 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: plugin and listen to me tell the story alongside them, I want to read something I want to read a quote from my guest today Genevieve pictorial you deserve the most fulfilling life possible.

00:32:29.400 --> 00:32:37.290 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: To be a better, more impactful leader in both your personal and professional life to beat you deserve that guys, you have this opportunity.

00:32:38.040 --> 00:32:51.810 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: She says, I want you to listen to your heart voice follow your purpose your passion and find your pajamas I love alliteration man, especially when it's with a piece like philanthropy and focus P H O C U s.

00:32:52.620 --> 00:33:02.040 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: let's talk about it, what did you do any research was was this more just from the heart and from your soul or did you do some work on this to talk about purpose and passion.

00:33:02.760 --> 00:33:12.270 Genevieve Piturro: Both so it's the journey very honest rod my journey of the ups and downs, because I wanted to inspire people but also.

00:33:12.780 --> 00:33:21.390 Genevieve Piturro: Let them know that for their fears and their worries and their anxiety, I know i've been there i've had very difficult times.

00:33:21.840 --> 00:33:35.070 Genevieve Piturro: very stressful times in you know personally and professionally to get this done but it worked out and you know, so I wanted to give back some of the inspiration that i've received from so many people who supported.

00:33:35.820 --> 00:33:45.030 Genevieve Piturro: me and pajama program through 20 plus years so it's that but also they're there I talked to so many people and.

00:33:45.540 --> 00:33:54.510 Genevieve Piturro: there's something that sustains you when you feel a purpose to what you're doing where, if you have a job, and you know you.

00:33:55.140 --> 00:34:09.510 Genevieve Piturro: don't really like it your tendency is to leave and then you find another job and it's only a matter of time before you realize oh this isn't filling me and, until now, I think now it's getting better there wasn't a lot of.

00:34:11.280 --> 00:34:24.000 Genevieve Piturro: mission purposeful leadership happening in so many corporate settings now people realize that the top person has to spread their the purpose of what.

00:34:24.390 --> 00:34:32.580 Genevieve Piturro: we're all doing so everybody buys in and everybody feels it and everybody wants to be part of that purpose, because that changes.

00:34:33.180 --> 00:34:45.990 Genevieve Piturro: everything, including success so when when so many people are unfulfilled they don't they don't stick anything out, but when they are on purpose and they are doing something that is.

00:34:46.710 --> 00:35:02.400 Genevieve Piturro: motivating them they they tend to stay for the long haul, no matter how rough it gets and that's amazing that it can get so much rougher as an entrepreneur than when you're a corporate employee, yet you stay.

00:35:04.050 --> 00:35:07.950 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Well, I guess, they because you live in your passion right like it's in.

00:35:08.310 --> 00:35:14.940 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: beta but, but you can you know other people, and maybe I maybe I come on too strong, sometimes game and.

00:35:15.390 --> 00:35:27.960 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know if you're an employee and you're digging what you do that's awesome i'm not saying everybody needs to go out and be an entrepreneur created nonprofit but if you're not and there's something else for you in this life and.

00:35:29.280 --> 00:35:41.970 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm 43 years old, I my expectation is I got another 50 or so years you know if I say off the sugar, you know i'll be in good shape those sentiments cookies are killer the cakes too, but it's um.

00:35:43.140 --> 00:35:54.210 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: If if there's something that I figure I got 50 years, how can I make an impact, you know if I was in somebody else's organization a cog in the wheel I don't think i'm making an impact and if that's how you feel.

00:35:54.480 --> 00:36:04.380 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That you're just a cog in a wheel and not really helping your fellow woman your fellow man then do this other stuff get involved, and maybe it's not you know what maybe your passion.

00:36:05.430 --> 00:36:08.850 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and children of all ages is not.

00:36:11.160 --> 00:36:20.280 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: It you don't have to leave what you're doing maybe you're passionate as you want to on the weekends, or in the evening, support a nonprofit organization, maybe your passion is um.

00:36:21.330 --> 00:36:29.520 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You want to read the children who who don't have people to read to them, maybe I don't maybe you want to work in the soup kitchen do that this is kind of this was not even where I was going to go with it, but i'll say it.

00:36:29.790 --> 00:36:36.930 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i've committed that i'm doing 60 days of service, before the end of this year it is June 25 2021 before that.

00:36:37.320 --> 00:36:48.240 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: ball falls in Times Square, I will done 60 days of service for nonprofit organizations i'm telling you that not to tell you about me but maybe that would inspire you maybe you want to do service i'm going to be doing these for organizations.

00:36:49.170 --> 00:37:07.530 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: watch what i'm going to be doing, maybe you want to be involved hashtag 60 days of service to follow it on all the social media stuff but um maybe that's your passion, maybe it's just to find ways to help so let's talk about you bring these pajamas you give these pajamas out Jerry and.

00:37:09.210 --> 00:37:10.380 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And then, a nonprofit happened.

00:37:14.940 --> 00:37:17.940 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: didn't just show up yeah right like samantha from bewitched yeah.

00:37:18.570 --> 00:37:19.230 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: yeah not like.

00:37:21.930 --> 00:37:25.800 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Oh, that was I dream of jeannie right samantha wiggle your nose right God did this yeah.

00:37:28.830 --> 00:37:29.490 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I never tried that.

00:37:30.810 --> 00:37:35.460 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: For if you're just listening to what if you're only listening and not watching where we're going to run noses right now.

00:37:35.520 --> 00:37:39.660 Genevieve Piturro: Though the TV from the 70s marriage jeannie and bewitched.

00:37:39.750 --> 00:37:45.150 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Be which I loved and Mary Mary Tyler Moore This is like like Nick at nite nickelodeon at night.

00:37:47.340 --> 00:37:50.520 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: um so how did that happen, how do you go from that.

00:37:50.850 --> 00:37:57.270 Genevieve Piturro: Well um it was an obsession So while I didn't tell anybody, of course, at work and didn't tell many people.

00:37:58.140 --> 00:38:04.950 Genevieve Piturro: A couple of close friends knew what I was going to shelter with with pajamas people started to drop them off and somebody called.

00:38:05.490 --> 00:38:15.930 Genevieve Piturro: And a local newspaper started and said oh you're you know you're in our hometown where my little story, and so they did, and so more people learned locally.

00:38:16.470 --> 00:38:21.900 Genevieve Piturro: And they wanted to help So this was growing I really didn't tell anyone because I write in my book.

00:38:22.260 --> 00:38:29.760 Genevieve Piturro: You need to have your cheerleaders lined up before you go telling people that you're going to jump off the corporate ladder, because a lot of people will think you're crazy.

00:38:30.240 --> 00:38:41.940 Genevieve Piturro: Not only that, but for me one friend just knocked me down and I had already had a glass of wine she'd had a glass of wine, I thought this was going to be a nice, you know.

00:38:42.510 --> 00:38:46.530 Genevieve Piturro: evening of telling her how excited I was that this was happening.

00:38:47.100 --> 00:38:54.270 Genevieve Piturro: And all she did was she questions at me, and how are you going to support yourself why would you think you're changing their lives, my goodness you're only talking about honest.

00:38:54.780 --> 00:39:05.040 Genevieve Piturro: I did you tell your bosses, what are you going to do and i'm a sucker punch after sucker Punch and I realized, you know and that's what was a big lesson to have your supporters your cheerleaders lined up because you're.

00:39:06.060 --> 00:39:07.170 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: gonna be one of them, it sounds.

00:39:07.170 --> 00:39:08.310 Genevieve Piturro: yeah yeah I thought.

00:39:08.490 --> 00:39:13.440 Genevieve Piturro: I was trying it out, but I never expected that kind of an attack, but.

00:39:14.640 --> 00:39:22.560 Genevieve Piturro: Anyway, it it grew slowly with with outside people hearing, but it wasn't a 501 C three I didn't even know what.

00:39:23.250 --> 00:39:30.630 Genevieve Piturro: I didn't know how to do this, but a national magazine wrote a tiny article it's big and parenting magazine and.

00:39:31.320 --> 00:39:45.870 Genevieve Piturro: Thousands and thousands of boxes and packages now I was married this time came to my one bedroom it was overwhelming the doorman was yelling at me thinking i'd started some kind of a business and using that address and.

00:39:47.460 --> 00:39:48.090 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Thousands.

00:39:48.120 --> 00:39:53.130 Genevieve Piturro: of boxes thousands, because you imagine a national magazine back in the early.

00:39:54.300 --> 00:40:01.500 Genevieve Piturro: 80s 90s, it was magazines were it and.

00:40:01.560 --> 00:40:04.050 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Right now it's not Facebook, is not the Internet.

00:40:04.770 --> 00:40:06.540 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: How did they find you like somehow they were.

00:40:07.110 --> 00:40:09.360 Genevieve Piturro: I didn't think I should on this myself.

00:40:09.870 --> 00:40:13.410 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Right, so they just your name was in the article he look you up yeah.

00:40:14.460 --> 00:40:14.820 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: yeah.

00:40:14.940 --> 00:40:25.440 Genevieve Piturro: It was this big and it was interesting because I didn't know it, then, but I was waiting for the day they told me was going to be on the stands, but if you are a subscriber you got it a week or two before.

00:40:25.860 --> 00:40:27.780 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: showing up before it's hit the stands box.

00:40:27.780 --> 00:40:29.310 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Yes, oh my God.

00:40:29.490 --> 00:40:38.910 Genevieve Piturro: subscribers and it was a tiny article but, and it was right after 911 when all of us in the country, but certainly where I was in New York felt connected.

00:40:38.940 --> 00:40:40.260 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Talking about connection yeah.

00:40:40.440 --> 00:40:47.790 Genevieve Piturro: And Oh, my goodness, I could send Damas I could send and the boxes and boxes were piled up in the first day.

00:40:48.570 --> 00:40:53.910 Genevieve Piturro: That my husband and I were eating on them, and you know we couldn't find each other and four days.

00:40:54.330 --> 00:40:59.460 Genevieve Piturro: And we were opening them, you know every day and crying because the letters were just so.

00:40:59.820 --> 00:41:08.580 Genevieve Piturro: so beautiful and you could see $5 and you know by the hand money, it was a senior I mean we knew this person took it out of their you know their bread money.

00:41:09.240 --> 00:41:23.610 Genevieve Piturro: And one letter was a corporate letter and it said, please send us your 501 C three so we can consider you for grant and I looked at my husband, I said, what is this thing 501 Brent disease see parentheses.

00:41:25.650 --> 00:41:26.370 Genevieve Piturro: As and that.

00:41:27.120 --> 00:41:28.410 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Was the beginning of email.

00:41:29.010 --> 00:41:37.020 Genevieve Piturro: And know my husband teaches meditation and, to this day, he tells people this story, and he says that was the day we found out what a 401k is.

00:41:37.710 --> 00:41:38.340 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: same day.

00:41:40.110 --> 00:41:43.380 Genevieve Piturro: he's done he gets the initials mix up have no, I have to say than.

00:41:43.500 --> 00:41:47.340 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: 51230 no.

00:41:50.280 --> 00:41:53.520 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I know i'm getting what you're saying he thought we were talking, he said that's when we.

00:41:54.330 --> 00:41:56.310 Genevieve Piturro: Initially mixed up because it's not a money guy.

00:41:59.790 --> 00:42:08.940 Genevieve Piturro: But that education of what a nonprofit is was new to me and that involved lawyers and accountants, you know how it is and all those things and.

00:42:10.260 --> 00:42:14.850 Genevieve Piturro: It was overwhelming but it wasn't a choice, it was a responsibility at.

00:42:15.120 --> 00:42:18.570 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That point you're in you know you're in for when they say no for penny you're in for.

00:42:19.260 --> 00:42:20.970 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Your name now you whether you know.

00:42:21.360 --> 00:42:30.990 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know what now it's time to lean in Genevieve right the universe God, whatever it saying to lean in kid is a thing now so now, you have to write what does that there's that quote i'll find during the break but.

00:42:31.380 --> 00:42:36.270 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know when opportunity, then a leader emerges when the opportunity presents itself the Leader emerged as something to that effect right.

00:42:36.570 --> 00:42:43.290 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Where it's like you gotta do it thousands of boxes of pajamas and a bunch of $5 bills 10 fingers thing out, so what.

00:42:43.950 --> 00:42:46.470 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: we're gonna take a break in a minute, but programmatically.

00:42:46.860 --> 00:42:54.060 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I want to talk about that quickly come back and I want to talk about really the future of the organization, maybe what some of the needs of the organization, are all right.

00:42:54.450 --> 00:43:00.150 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: we'll be back in two minutes it's your boy howdy nonprofit sector conductor in the attic i'll see you guys soon bye two minutes.

00:43:07.530 --> 00:43:07.740 Genevieve Piturro: and

00:45:17.040 --> 00:45:27.480 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Organizations I believe nonprofits change our world, and if you've been paying attention you probably believe that too, because I say it all the time, so I believe they change our world, and I think it's our responsibility to recognize.

00:45:28.920 --> 00:45:33.480 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: fund these organizations, where the funding means dollars or it could mean volunteer service.

00:45:34.320 --> 00:45:41.280 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: and support these organizations and help them tell their stories and that's what this show is all about the genovese telling me the story about the Java program so.

00:45:41.520 --> 00:45:50.670 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: we've heard a lot about it we've heard a lot about the background, how we got here, so what does pajama program do and and you know how does it help support those in need um.

00:45:50.700 --> 00:46:02.430 Genevieve Piturro: Well, we believe every child has a right to a good night and good nights make for good days, you know how How can these children thrive when their bedtime and their routine is you know, is not.

00:46:02.730 --> 00:46:15.540 Genevieve Piturro: comforting and it's not just that a routine so they know and so to the caregivers you know what a good bedtime time consists of so we're we're all about the bedtime and.

00:46:16.080 --> 00:46:25.290 Genevieve Piturro: You know, a couple of years ago, when I went to our board of directors and said no i've taken pajama program from zero to here unexpected.

00:46:26.100 --> 00:46:32.400 Genevieve Piturro: That you know sold unexpected that we be here with you know the support we have in the chapters, we have.

00:46:32.910 --> 00:46:43.020 Genevieve Piturro: And I really want to continue speaking and telling our story, because to me that was how we, we were successful, because we need to share our stories and people need to feel.

00:46:43.560 --> 00:46:54.210 Genevieve Piturro: connected and I wanted to write the book, so we I suggested that we hire a great executive director to take my places executive director and I just wanted to make you know my own.

00:46:54.540 --> 00:47:07.170 Genevieve Piturro: Living telling our story in my book, and in my in my words and by coaching people to find their purpose so for the most updated information pajama program org and.

00:47:07.830 --> 00:47:26.730 Genevieve Piturro: Our executive director Jamie there I can make the introductions to anybody who wants to email me when he can speak to that, but we are all about the bedtime and how important it is for these children who are at risk, who, for whatever reason, have not had that stable consistent.

00:47:28.020 --> 00:47:44.490 Genevieve Piturro: comfort and you know pajamas and storytime or you know any of the bedtime routines that so many of us took for granted, because that is such a big part of how their next day goes and and they need support so.

00:47:44.760 --> 00:48:00.270 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What is the big i'm looking on my phone, because I, a friend of ours that you don't know we have in common, wanted me to give you a shout out on the show so i'm looking to just see how she referenced what the event was so my friend Aaron dine in who is on the show a couple.

00:48:00.270 --> 00:48:03.030 Genevieve Piturro: weeks once a month sandwich at a time and.

00:48:03.030 --> 00:48:11.730 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: On exactly so Aaron was saying that you ran a nonprofit pitch contest, two years ago and one sandwich out of time was was the winner yes.

00:48:11.760 --> 00:48:19.800 Genevieve Piturro: yeah it was a couple of years ago, yes, yes that's that's what I wanted to do you know when I when I passed along the executive director.

00:48:20.070 --> 00:48:26.100 Genevieve Piturro: towards to inspire people and I started with this group of nonprofits and Aaron is a new yorker who has a great story.

00:48:26.460 --> 00:48:40.110 Genevieve Piturro: to share her sandwich with a stranger in grand central who looked hungry and she's doing incredible heart filled work and the support and the volunteers are just you know, a mirror of her passion.

00:48:40.410 --> 00:48:43.590 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: it's a special organization, she has she's a special lady and.

00:48:44.760 --> 00:48:52.650 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I was on a call with her yesterday, separate from this text message somewhere along the line she found out you're going to be on the show today just text me last night but i'm.

00:48:54.180 --> 00:49:04.590 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I was on when I had on my show a couple weeks ago I leave this to speak with another friend of mine executive director and director of human resources of another organization out on long island we've been on the show in the past and whole thing.

00:49:05.610 --> 00:49:18.780 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And i'm fired up and and my friend who's the who's the idiot this other organization that we were meeting with on a separate topic says, I miss being in the attic with you, I missed the song so there's like a business meeting I start singing my theme song.

00:49:19.800 --> 00:49:31.590 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: In business meeting and she goes, who was on the show, so I said Eran dine in one sandwich I saw the tell the story and now there's this potential and we have a meeting about it yesterday's potential collaborative.

00:49:33.720 --> 00:49:43.710 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: call it a team building exercise, where the nonprofit out here on long island and one sandwich at a time and me, are going to sort of partner up together.

00:49:44.700 --> 00:49:53.040 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: and make lunches or sandwiches potentially partner like with a third organization to take to receive the sandwiches so it's just.

00:49:53.610 --> 00:50:08.610 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: it's it's just special stuff it's this it's all about that it's all about connecting it's all about adding value um what what is a like you have all these chapters, if we go back to the nonprofit for a second, we can certainly share jamie's information Jamie said, is the ED now right.

00:50:08.610 --> 00:50:09.270 Genevieve Piturro: Yes, yes.

00:50:09.720 --> 00:50:13.980 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: jamie's information at the end of show but i'm do people.

00:50:15.480 --> 00:50:17.940 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Do people come to the program if they need.

00:50:19.380 --> 00:50:28.050 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: If they need a excuse me, then you pajamas I have another had another nonprofit pop into my head about diapers all of a sudden, I was gonna say if they need diapers but that's not the show.

00:50:28.710 --> 00:50:36.600 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: um if they need pajamas or is it more the other nonprofits that have children with a need will come, and how does that all work.

00:50:36.690 --> 00:50:46.140 Genevieve Piturro: Well, every day we're sending boxes around the US to those are our Community partners that we vetted that are caring for these children that's, the first thing.

00:50:46.350 --> 00:50:46.800 Genevieve Piturro: And we have.

00:50:46.830 --> 00:50:57.120 Genevieve Piturro: Two meetings and just which we are hoping will open again this fall where children come in groups from either schools that are appropriate our groups.

00:50:57.690 --> 00:51:07.380 Genevieve Piturro: It could be shelters, it can be you know any any place where these children are assembled as a group, so they come in groups, we have volunteers who read to them.

00:51:07.680 --> 00:51:16.980 Genevieve Piturro: and give them pajamas and Let them choose the books to take, and the whole bit time program is expanding, and for that check on pajama

00:51:18.090 --> 00:51:27.540 Genevieve Piturro: In person we're hoping we'll come back in the fall, like everything else will miss you miss all of that, you know and everybody all the volunteers miss being with the children of course yeah.

00:51:27.750 --> 00:51:29.010 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Where are the reading centers.

00:51:29.310 --> 00:51:33.570 Genevieve Piturro: One is in Manhattan on East 34th street and one is in Atlanta Georgia.

00:51:33.900 --> 00:51:34.680 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Oh no kidding.

00:51:34.860 --> 00:51:38.850 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: yeah okay all right very cool um.

00:51:40.260 --> 00:51:44.880 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I want you know we have actually talking about networking connecting gotta give a shout out before the show's over.

00:51:45.870 --> 00:51:59.730 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Our friend Michelle Jackson, who connected us together, you know we wouldn't have known each other, we wouldn't have connected if she hadn't connected us, and she and I networked together so that's very cool um so Atlanta Georgia, we have some people down in Atlanta Georgia.

00:52:00.750 --> 00:52:02.040 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: yeah yeah maybe we.

00:52:02.040 --> 00:52:16.170 Genevieve Piturro: can check also on pajama programs org and they'll see information about the reading Center in Atlanta yeah everyone can go on there and see who the right person is to connect with, even if you are in you know any city any state of the chapters page.

00:52:16.290 --> 00:52:20.610 Genevieve Piturro: yeah and put in your zip code and you'll find who to connect with.

00:52:20.790 --> 00:52:31.140 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: love it alright, so this is a special special organization certainly purposes right on passion is there, we know that and I love the word which always had like a negative connotation, I think.

00:52:31.710 --> 00:52:38.790 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: you've used it several times, I don't think it's needed but you said you were obsessed that's how people get things done, you get obsessed man get obsessed about something.

00:52:39.750 --> 00:52:45.750 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, and then, because then you're just going to free and do it right, like you know run through walls, you know, whatever things are going to get your way.

00:52:46.230 --> 00:52:52.140 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, you know that thing you were talking about with with a friend, you have a glass of wine and didn't kind of go so well.

00:52:52.590 --> 00:52:57.690 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i've seen that bucket of crabs you know they say you know if you put like you're going to keep the crabs you don't have to put a lid on it.

00:52:58.020 --> 00:53:05.340 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You just have to put at least one other crabs in there, because when one crab tries to get out the other credible just rip them down right back into the bucket.

00:53:06.210 --> 00:53:13.380 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: that's some people are crabs like and that's and they just want to kind of bring it down, but the obsession that you have for something is.

00:53:14.100 --> 00:53:22.440 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: is really what makes it go forward and makes you be nonstop unstoppable and really make happen, what do you personally looking for now, these days, is it is it more.

00:53:23.100 --> 00:53:33.090 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Is it speaking opportunities is it you know group trainings like what how you know i'm connected my people who are listening are connected what, what do you, what do you personally for Genevieve.

00:53:33.390 --> 00:53:41.610 Genevieve Piturro: Yes, I love to speak i'd love to tell the story and I love to inspire people because i've been inspired all these 22 years.

00:53:42.180 --> 00:53:57.090 Genevieve Piturro: And I thought through this this whole 20 some year process i've mentored people and i've spoken and now that's what I want to do, I want to find the groups and the companies that want to really focus on purposeful leadership.

00:53:57.630 --> 00:54:01.920 Genevieve Piturro: and talk about that a lot of it in my book of the lessons I learned.

00:54:03.180 --> 00:54:11.040 Genevieve Piturro: You know one one lesson I learned and it's one of the reasons I like to speak to groups and have have the it'd be a discussion.

00:54:11.400 --> 00:54:20.220 Genevieve Piturro: Is all all my life and, most of us have heard that phrase, the power of one one person changes everything you know one person, this one person that.

00:54:20.700 --> 00:54:26.700 Genevieve Piturro: And I thought the same thing you know oprah and all these people found their purpose one person like Gandhi, and you know, Albert Einstein.

00:54:27.090 --> 00:54:36.510 Genevieve Piturro: But i've learned in these 20 years, and I say it all the time and I put it into my book it's not the power of one that changes things it's the power of one another.

00:54:36.780 --> 00:54:38.100 Genevieve Piturro: And moves mountains.

00:54:38.160 --> 00:54:43.920 Genevieve Piturro: And moves people and that's the human connection that's how you get something done.

00:54:44.970 --> 00:54:46.470 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: it's not the power of.

00:54:47.580 --> 00:54:49.650 Genevieve Piturro: The power of one another that moves.

00:54:49.920 --> 00:54:56.520 Genevieve Piturro: mountains and moves people I have seen it over and over, and you know when when people get that.

00:54:57.810 --> 00:54:58.350 Genevieve Piturro: It changes.

00:54:58.680 --> 00:55:03.930 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Community man that's what this is about it's about Community it's about finding to what you're all passionate about.

00:55:04.410 --> 00:55:08.430 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And you know I learned something from my friend ginger Johnson last week, I had it on board it's still here.

00:55:09.030 --> 00:55:18.810 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: She said we're not you know people will say I like to be with like minded people I like to be with like minded people you know what gingers kind of spun this on its head, for me, the other day, and she said.

00:55:19.380 --> 00:55:27.600 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What you really want to be with is like valued people because, like minded people are yes men, yes, women gonna say the same thing you got it going oh I love this I love this turn.

00:55:28.290 --> 00:55:36.060 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Right or challenge each other with great ideas so like valued people so that's a an idea and playing around with so it's the power of one another.

00:55:36.570 --> 00:55:39.150 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But how can we be creative and then grow together.

00:55:39.690 --> 00:55:48.330 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Every single week on this show i'm going to bring in nonprofit leaders to tell you, their story Genevieve tutorial, thank you for meeting me in the attic today, I appreciate you I appreciate our new friendship.

00:55:48.720 --> 00:56:02.700 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And I look forward to meeting you in the real world, one day, when we're not in you know zoom rooms on this is your boy the nonprofit sector connector signing off for this week, I will tell you a couple things I want you to do I want you to if you want to hook up with me, you can.

00:56:03.960 --> 00:56:16.320 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Follow me, what can you do, you can look at Tommy D dot nyc on instagram if you want to send me an email, you can send me an email Tommy D at philanthropy in focus pH oC us.

00:56:17.310 --> 00:56:20.280 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Next week, on the program James Corbett.

00:56:20.580 --> 00:56:28.350 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: From project refit will be here we're gonna be doing the show we're gonna be talking about the great work that we're doing for veterans stay tuned Steve Fries up next always Friday.

00:56:28.560 --> 00:56:37.590 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Jeremiah fox after that here on the network entrepreneurial web and rounding off this block of business and nonprofit focused shows will be.

00:56:38.040 --> 00:56:45.240 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Joseph Franklin McElroy wise content creates wealth, thank you very much to kyle and Emily behind the glass hooking up the.

00:56:46.050 --> 00:56:48.150 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The production side of things, thank you again.

00:56:48.510 --> 00:57:00.000 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: for being here and thank you guys for checking in if I could be a service in some way, let me know 60 days of service, so if you're a nonprofit reach out to me because i'm coming out, I get the gopro camera we're going to do, the whole thing amplifying the message.

00:57:00.420 --> 00:57:01.500 Genevieve Piturro: So thank you Tommy.

00:57:01.650 --> 00:57:01.980 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Thank you.

00:57:02.880 --> 00:57:05.040 #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: megan a great weekend everybody see it.

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