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Facebook Live Video from 2024/07/02 - How Social Responsibility Creates Positive Work Culture

Facebook Live Video from 2024/07/02 - How Social Responsibility Creates Positive Work Culture


2024/07/02 - How Social Responsibility Creates Positive Work Culture

[NEW EPISODE] How Social Responsibility Creates Positive Work Culture

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Kim Cottage is a trailblazer in the recruitment industry and a co-founder of the Philanthropy Network of NY. With a passion for connecting corporate clients with their philanthropic missions, Kim has made significant contributions to the intersection of business and social impact. Her innovative approach has set her apart in the recruitment field, making her a key player in fostering meaningful partnerships between companies and their philanthropic goals.

Elizabeth M. Saitta, MBA serves as the Executive Director of SHRM Long Island bringing a wealth of experience and a passion for advancing the profession by inspiring, influencing, developing, and driving meaningful leadership for SHRM LI’s members and the HR community. With a profound commitment to making a positive impact, she spearheads strategic initiatives and leads the organization toward achieving its goals.

Liz has a proven track record in marketing and business development, with 25+ years of experience in event planning and financial service marketing. She previously held positions at Kuttin Wealth Management and is Owner of Helping Hands Event Services and Co-Founder of Philanthropy Network of NY.





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Show Notes

Segment 1

Tommy D begins the show by introducing himself as the nonprofit sector connector. He then introduces his two guests, Kim Cottage and Liz Saita. Kim and Liz discuss their journeys and how they got to where they are today. They provide an overview of their organization, explaining how it helps people and its key focuses. Kim also shares the genesis of her organization, detailing its origins and motivations. 

Segment 2

Tommy D begins the second segment by reading some of the accomplishments of his guests. Liz talks about how she got involved in the organization and how they got the business going. Kim talks about some of the company’s connections, highlighting key partnerships and collaborations. Liz discusses the company's marketing strategies and how they effectively promote their mission and services.     

Segment 3

Tommy D begins the third segment by shouting out Liz and Kim’s company website. Kim and Liz discuss how they network through their company, sharing strategies and success stories. Tommy D emphasizes the importance of networking in the nonprofit sector. Kim concludes the segment by highlighting an upcoming event for the organization.  

Segment 4

Tommy D begins the final segment by introducing the lightning round. Kim talks about a new event for the organization called the Unconference, explaining what will take place at the event and its goals. Liz discusses the significance of this event and how it will benefit attendees. Tommy D stresses the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone to grow and achieve success.   


00:00:31.660 --> 00:01:00.639 Tommy DiMisa: No man, your boy the one and only nonprofit sector connector 2 flights up from the kitchen. I feel like I just did this the other day, man, we're back up in the attic doing the show philanthropy and focus is the name of the program, you know. Last week we had Steve Mayer on the show, a bit of a break from the norm of what we typically do here on the show. And today is another bit of a break from the norm. We got some fun announcements. This is an exciting show. This is a show that's been, you know, kind of in the works for maybe a year

00:01:00.640 --> 00:01:09.999 Tommy DiMisa: know, how could a show be in the work for maybe a year? Well, we'll tell you about that when you meet my guest, though the show is philanthropy, and focus your boy, the nonprofit sector connector. Every week

00:01:10.000 --> 00:01:27.040 Tommy DiMisa: we meet with leaders in the nonprofit sector, as I like to say, to help them tell their story and amplify their message. It's summer man we are in it right now. Summer is going, you know, a lot of the boats and the festivities, and the barbecues, and all that stuff, and we're celebrating here on the show as well.

00:01:27.040 --> 00:01:55.309 Tommy DiMisa: So, without really further ado, I'm going to jump right in and introduce my 2 guests, and not only 2 guests of mine here on the show, but we're partners in philanthropy network of New York, and we'll get to how that all sort of happened. And who made that connection? Who played a little bit nonprofit sector, connector? Actually, it was Kellyanne Sereni and Serena who made that connection. But we'll get into that a little bit later in the program, Liz, said Kim Cottage. My friends, my partners, what's going on. Good morning. How are you?

00:01:55.460 --> 00:01:56.300 Kim Cottage: Good morning!

00:01:56.850 --> 00:01:57.630 Liz Saitta: All day.

00:01:57.630 --> 00:01:58.250 Kim Cottage: Any.

00:01:58.390 --> 00:02:16.320 Tommy DiMisa: So good for you both to be here. I don't always get 2 guests, and I always like when there's more than one cause. It helps me have to like focus and move around, focus with a Ph, but move around and make sure we're all in the conversation. So as we were talking earlier this morning, I was saying, you know I always like the beginning of the program

00:02:16.630 --> 00:02:45.469 Tommy DiMisa: to be when my guests introduce themselves. We talk about their background the work they've done. And really, what got them to the point they're at right now. And in the case we're talking about philanthropy network of New York. So why don't we go in alphabetical order? And I think it'll be perfect this way, because Cottage comes with a source. Aida in the alphabet. I don't know if it's in the Webster's Dictionary Cottage would be because that's like a little house. But let's do it that way, Kim, because how we were talking about this this morning is

00:02:45.470 --> 00:02:56.120 Tommy DiMisa: you and Liz met through Sherm of Long Island. The society human resource manages of Long Island. But I'd like you to tell that story. So let's start with you, and then we'll weave. Liz. Please take it away.

00:02:56.120 --> 00:03:12.370 Kim Cottage: So I am the foundation chair for the Society of Human Resource Management. I've been in that position for over a decade. And what that committee and foundation does is. It raises money to educate and advance

00:03:12.470 --> 00:03:20.779 Kim Cottage: the human resource profession through scholarships, through teachings, through webinars, and

00:03:20.840 --> 00:03:33.839 Kim Cottage: one of my tasks was to have a team, because if I don't have a team, then we can't raise money. And Liz was on my team, and she just made everything happen, and that's how I got to 1st meet Liz.

00:03:33.840 --> 00:03:40.789 Tommy DiMisa: Love it. Alright! Alright, Liz! What were you doing at Sherm of Long Island at the time? Why were you involved, or how were you involved. What brought you there?

00:03:40.970 --> 00:03:59.880 Liz Saitta: Sure. So I was actually with cut and wealth management, and we were the financial sponsor for many, many years, and through an introduction through Evan Brantman, who's a senior partner. He introduced me to Kim, and it was just love at 1st sight, and we've been best friends ever since.

00:03:59.880 --> 00:04:17.000 Tommy DiMisa: Oh, my God! That's so cool that listen, that's networking! That's what I like to say, man, listen! You know they say no, you love you trust you, you know you know, know you like you trust you, whatever it is, but at the end of the day it's then we help each other, make money and make the world a better place. That's what I believe it's all about the relationships. And

00:04:17.000 --> 00:04:37.670 Tommy DiMisa: you know, I've been connecting and and building relationships for well way, before I knew it was called networking, I would just be like, Hey, Liz, you do that, and, Kim, you do that. We should sit next to each other and talk about that, you know, like I was doing that when I was a kid. You know, it just made sense to me. So it's critically important to continue to develop these relationships. I love what you said there, Liz, that you became best friends ever since, and how

00:04:38.390 --> 00:04:57.240 Tommy DiMisa: you know when, when you can be in business and collaborate with friends like that, it's super important. So I want to understand. You know what what you know you met through sherm right? And then what it, Liz? Why don't you, from your perspective, talk this a little bit about what sherm is in general what it is here on Long Island, and things like that. If you could.

00:04:57.240 --> 00:05:04.319 Liz Saitta: Sure. So sherman, Long Island is an affiliate chapter of the national organization. Sure.

00:05:04.380 --> 00:05:16.609 Liz Saitta: so Sherm has approximately 385 chapters, hundreds of thousands of members. That they provide education and resource to the Hr. Professional.

00:05:16.620 --> 00:05:40.969 Liz Saitta: So I'm the executive director for the Long Island chapter. NASA and Suffolk counties are who we represent. We have approximately 1,200 members, and we provide on a monthly basis networking opportunities, education, in person, birth virtual and resources. So when an Hr. Professional is in need of a resource, whether it's a new payroll company, or.

00:05:40.970 --> 00:05:49.489 Liz Saitta: you know, new technology or just needs an answer to an employment question. They come to us, and then we kind of

00:05:49.540 --> 00:05:51.240 Liz Saitta: help them navigate

00:05:51.520 --> 00:05:56.180 Liz Saitta: their needs. So it's a pretty cool, tight network of of people.

00:05:56.180 --> 00:06:05.849 Tommy DiMisa: Yeah, yeah, I love it. And so I wanna Kim from your perspective, from the foundation. I mean, you said, you know the role of the foundation is to bring in money to support these. You know th these

00:06:05.980 --> 00:06:26.989 Tommy DiMisa: Hr professionals. And and as Liz talks about resources, I know there's a big conference that you all have coming up for Sherman, Long Island. But you know there's another very important unconference that we need to talk about. So we'll get into that, too. But I you know from your perspective, Kim, what exactly, is the foundation's role? Like I, you said, raising money and bringing in funds. Can you talk a little bit more about that.

00:06:27.650 --> 00:06:32.040 Kim Cottage: So just like in any profession in order to stay

00:06:32.280 --> 00:06:37.470 Kim Cottage: updated. You know, this education involved. So the

00:06:37.580 --> 00:06:53.790 Kim Cottage: human resource professionals want to get their Cp. Their scp different certifications as recruitment certifications. So what happens is the foundation raises money for scholarships in order to give them the sources for that education.

00:06:54.090 --> 00:07:00.930 Tommy DiMisa: That. Yeah, you know, that brings up something for me that I want to talk about. And I find this with a lot of trade associations that I'm connected to

00:07:01.195 --> 00:07:18.159 Tommy DiMisa: and I know, Liz, you and I have talked about this. I'm not sure if you and Kim and I have talked about this, but I know it's a relevant situation. Young people, not enough young people that are connected to these organizations, trade associations and whatnot. Liz, you want to talk a little bit about that about how to. You know there are great resources for young

00:07:18.590 --> 00:07:19.159 Tommy DiMisa: to our profession.

00:07:19.160 --> 00:07:19.840 Liz Saitta: Can't.

00:07:19.840 --> 00:07:21.520 Tommy DiMisa: Partnered up with the organization.

00:07:21.740 --> 00:07:39.059 Liz Saitta: Yeah, absolutely. So that's been a huge focus of Sherm Long Island over the last year and going into 2025 is really attracting and engaging with the younger professional and how we're doing that is, by collaborating with

00:07:39.060 --> 00:07:54.739 Liz Saitta: other universities, with their student chapters of Sherm, and inviting them to participate in the at the local level and also with the organizations that are currently members. We encourage them to bring their younger

00:07:55.150 --> 00:08:05.030 Liz Saitta: employees in the Hr department to share events and start to get them involved. And we've been doing a lot of more emerging leaders.

00:08:05.080 --> 00:08:06.690 Liz Saitta: type activities.

00:08:07.174 --> 00:08:22.119 Liz Saitta: Geared towards the needs of that younger professional, and why, being a part of a Shrm. Long Island, or any sherm affiliate, is really important for them to have the resources and the education to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.

00:08:22.570 --> 00:08:47.009 Tommy DiMisa: I love that. Yeah, I mean, listen. We we all need to network generally, for from a business development. Well, not all of us, but many of us need to network from a business development perspective. But there's also having these alliances in these relationships in your own community, so to speak. And in this case we're talking about the Hr community. Because let's be honest. Most people these days get their jobs. In fact, the 1st time I ever hung out with Liz. We worked on getting somebody a job, and it

00:08:47.010 --> 00:08:54.620 Tommy DiMisa: worked out but it's the 1st time I ever met you in person. Actually was it the 1st time? I don't know. But it was early on in our relationship.

00:08:54.620 --> 00:08:56.120 Liz Saitta: Was. It was the 1st time.

00:08:56.120 --> 00:09:17.229 Tommy DiMisa: Him, and I had been talking, and then you invited me to an event, and then I met your son, and then, you know, we worked out some things, and so so what I was getting to those networking is critically important. Because I was talking to somebody that the other day people reach out to me when they're looking for jobs, not because I do recruiting, just because I know, Kim, you know how we are. We know a lot of people right? We people love us. We always say that right? So

00:09:17.470 --> 00:09:32.610 Tommy DiMisa: people reach out to me and I say, and they'll say, you know what I'm sending in all these resumes and these applications, and nothing's even happening. And I'm not. And I said, It's about you got to know somebody there. So go through my Linkedin network. Look at those companies. If I know somebody over there, let's do it that way.

00:09:32.610 --> 00:09:48.490 Tommy DiMisa: So I think in terms of of Sherman, Long Island. I think that's another piece there, too, Liz, where it's it's critically important for these people to make professional relationships, not necessarily because somebody's gonna buy something from somebody, but so they can look out for each other. Do you see a lot of that in in in the network.

00:09:49.240 --> 00:09:52.395 Liz Saitta: Yes, but it's it's a it's a

00:09:53.420 --> 00:09:58.079 Liz Saitta: a skill that that they need to learn right? So networking isn't

00:09:58.380 --> 00:10:00.269 Liz Saitta: a big part of

00:10:00.630 --> 00:10:08.519 Liz Saitta: Hr. Profession. Right? Because you have. You have a skill, you know, about Hr. Recruiting retention.

00:10:08.690 --> 00:10:12.209 Liz Saitta: you know, benefits, but networking is a skill that

00:10:12.740 --> 00:10:24.160 Liz Saitta: we see hasn't been kind of enhanced or taught. So that's something through the term Long Island that we encourage and we help them kind of learn how to do.

00:10:24.160 --> 00:10:40.709 Tommy DiMisa: Pretty pretty interesting. You say that I have 2 or 3 friends in my ear that keep telling me, Tommy D. There's something you need to do here. And maybe that's something we need to talk about. There's a point I want to make that I just got you know, around helping people network and things like that. But I I wanted to bring up something that's an opportunity that I wanted to share with you both.

00:10:40.800 --> 00:10:48.289 Tommy DiMisa: Just the other day. Actually, Liz, you were able to come out to about a week and a half. No, must be earlier in June.

00:10:48.751 --> 00:11:09.230 Tommy DiMisa: Maybe about a month ago. I was doing a panel discussion with 4 executive directors of nonprofits and someone who's in the room that day is connected to the Nassau County Bar Association, and as in lawyers, everybody, not cocktails, all right. Different kind of bars, everybody but the the Bar Association, and asked me, said Tommy d

00:11:09.230 --> 00:11:18.939 Tommy DiMisa: would you? And I said, Yes, I didn't even know what she's gonna ask me, but I like her a lot. And so I said, yes, it would. But she said, Would you run a panel discussion with some of those mental health agencies

00:11:18.940 --> 00:11:47.800 Tommy DiMisa: at the Nassau County Bar Association? I said absolutely I would. So, you know, that's the networking piece, too, like that just makes it. I don't necessarily need to be in front of a room full of attorneys, but it doesn't hurt. It's not bad for our business together. Philanthropy network of New York. It's not bad for vanguard benefits my other my other venture. So it's it's all about that. It's all about that relationship building and that networking. And what goes on there. So, Kim, I got a question for you before we go to break. Here's what it's gonna be

00:11:48.250 --> 00:12:16.710 Tommy DiMisa: somewhere along the lines. You are in conversations with some of your peers in the Hr. World in term Long Island and correct me if I have this backwards. But you were finding out that there was an opportunity. I'll call it an opportunity in the market. There was something that companies were not exactly addressing correctly, or had an had an opportunity to address this better and more efficiently. Can you tell me that Genesis story about how.

00:12:17.030 --> 00:12:37.170 Tommy DiMisa: before our philanthropy network of New York was a thing it was probably written on a on a bar napkin. I have a friend of mine, Chris, who's about to turn 50, and we used to build businesses on a bar napkin, you know, a little square napkin. We used to write out business plans and stuff like that. So is there a bar napkin story about that Kim, or something like, or a sticky note story like, how did that happen?

00:12:37.720 --> 00:12:54.210 Kim Cottage: Well, Liz and I were away at a Sharon conference, actually. And people were talking about, how do we recruit? And we retain talent. We need social responsibility, and there I. And to be honest, there was this company that had a platform.

00:12:54.860 --> 00:13:00.670 Kim Cottage: and they were doing this presentation. They had a platform to take care of your social responsibility.

00:13:01.170 --> 00:13:05.090 Kim Cottage: But it was so almost like you do a Google search.

00:13:05.260 --> 00:13:16.279 Kim Cottage: It was like, you do a Google search to see what things are in your area, and then you try to call, and you try to get it, and then they'll send you back statistics of who registered.

00:13:16.650 --> 00:13:19.370 Kim Cottage: But it really wasn't doing the job.

00:13:19.370 --> 00:13:19.950 Tommy DiMisa: Right.

00:13:19.950 --> 00:13:27.600 Kim Cottage: So Liz and I together decided, well, you know what our Hr professionals are saying. How do we retain

00:13:28.010 --> 00:13:33.650 Kim Cottage: the talent that we have? How do we recruit? A really wise person told me that they.

00:13:33.980 --> 00:13:58.530 Kim Cottage: before someone gets a job or before they do business with you, they're looking you up. What is your company's mantra? What are you doing to give back? How do you care about your employees? So we decided from there to put together the philanthropy network of New York, which is a very, very turnkey platform that puts everything in one retention, recruitment.

00:13:58.680 --> 00:14:05.681 Kim Cottage: learning about all these, not for profits, networking being the employer of choice, and we'll get into that.

00:14:06.070 --> 00:14:26.190 Tommy DiMisa: I love it. What it look, it's like you've done TV and radio before you like, we'll get into that like you're teasing them like you're gonna live. Leave them on a cliff a little cliffhanger Kim Cottage. Well done! Well done! I love it. I looked back at my email and I told you, when we're in the Virtual green Room, that the initial time that we were introduced was May 25, th 2,023, and it's just so fun how things have

00:14:26.190 --> 00:14:41.829 Tommy DiMisa: kind of gone forward, and and the cool stuff we're all doing together. So, Liz and Kim, I'm so grateful to know you. I'm so grateful. Call you my partners in this work we're doing together. We're gonna go to a quick break. We'll be right back. Philanthropy and focus philanthropy network of New York. What a nice tone! That word philanthropy

00:14:42.560 --> 00:14:44.619 Tommy DiMisa: just comes together. We'll be right back.

00:16:45.880 --> 00:17:11.349 Tommy DiMisa: Alright! Come through that static man. Join me in the attic every single Friday morning. We're back here in the attic where we where we me, Tommy DI host the show philanthropy and focus. I wanna read this really quick. Kim Cottage is a trailblazer in the recruitment industry and the co-founder of the philanthropy network of New York. Her passion for connecting corporate clients with their philanthropic missions has made significant contributions, or has had Kim make significant contributions

00:17:11.349 --> 00:17:39.270 Tommy DiMisa: to the intersection between business and social impact so super excited to have you on the show, Kim, and, as I said, to be connected to you in business and in our friendship as well, Elizabeth said. Has her Mba. Serves as the executive director of Sherm, Long Island brings a wealth of experience and passion for advancing the profession of Hr. By inspiring, influencing, developing, and driving meaningful relationships to sherm Long Island's members.

00:17:39.340 --> 00:17:53.049 Tommy DiMisa: and with a profound commitment to making a positive impact. She spearheads strategic initiatives and leads the organization towards achieving its goals. Also co-founder of philanthropy network of New York. So look.

00:17:53.120 --> 00:18:00.380 Tommy DiMisa: jazz to have you here. I mean, this is kind of overdue. We've been talking about making the show happen, and we're here now. We're making it happen right before we went to a break.

00:18:00.390 --> 00:18:13.890 Tommy DiMisa: Kim started to tell us the story about, you know. Uncovering this opportunity while you were away at a conference, Liz, from your perspective, did you see the vision right away? You know, when you guys are talking about it, did you say, hey, man, there's a business here. Tell me about that.

00:18:14.510 --> 00:18:18.909 Liz Saitta: Yeah, no, absolutely you know, listening for

00:18:19.000 --> 00:18:30.559 Liz Saitta: weeks, months, years of you know the general membership saying, especially through Covid, that they're they're having a hard time attracting and retaining talent.

00:18:30.650 --> 00:18:34.660 Liz Saitta: How do we create a positive work culture when we're in a hybrid environment?

00:18:35.301 --> 00:18:41.299 Liz Saitta: You know, how do we, you know, create brand awareness of our organization.

00:18:41.649 --> 00:18:43.629 Liz Saitta: You know, when we really can't.

00:18:43.900 --> 00:18:46.664 Liz Saitta: you know, go out there and gather so

00:18:47.180 --> 00:19:07.709 Liz Saitta: Tim and I thought it through, and we kind of piggybacked off this platform that we had seen at a conference, but we just made it a thousand times better by incorporating what we do here on Long Island best networking, you know, creating environments for people to feel comfortable and giving back to our communities. So

00:19:08.070 --> 00:19:17.359 Liz Saitta: yeah, it. But it's still growing. It's still growing. And we're changing. And we're pivoting each and every day to grow the philanthropy network of New York into

00:19:17.380 --> 00:19:19.750 Liz Saitta: what our organizations want.

00:19:19.850 --> 00:19:21.470 Liz Saitta: So it's a pretty cool.

00:19:21.470 --> 00:19:27.180 Tommy DiMisa: Yeah, I I mean, it is pretty cool. I'll tell you. When when I 1st heard about this, I go. I had this idea.

00:19:27.190 --> 00:19:51.489 Tommy DiMisa: So I, everybody just to give you some frame of reference and some context. So I've been selling to employer groups for over 20 years, started out my career at ADP and payroll sales. I now own a benefits agency with partners called vanguard benefits. I'm constantly engaging with Hr. Departments. It's similar, but different than what you all were doing, having this connection in relationship to Hr. And hearing the same thing where.

00:19:51.840 --> 00:20:21.090 Tommy DiMisa: you know, we'd love to get involved and do something. And we could do it on a 1 off. I mean, I have 25 employees. I have 75 employees. I am. Hr, Tommy, I'm the whole thing, and I don't have an assistant, or whatever, and I'd like to do that. And you know I go, man, for me. There's a business opportunity here, but because sometimes I come up with business opportunities and ideas every day, most of them don't get implemented. So when I did meet you both, I go. I had this idea. And you guys are implementing it. And that's how we started to kind of.

00:20:21.090 --> 00:20:37.610 Tommy DiMisa: you know, flirt and say, is there something here for us doing together, and we'll get into kind of our all, all of our big vision on how big this thing is going to get and how much impact it's going to make. But something I want to say 70 of Americans believe this is from the Harvard Business Review. 70 of Americans believe

00:20:37.610 --> 00:20:54.940 Tommy DiMisa: it's very important for companies to make the world a better place. 70. Now all of those people probably work somewhere want to work somewhere or used to work somewhere. Right. So if you believe that it's that important for your candidates, believe that your employees believe that

00:20:55.390 --> 00:21:07.889 Tommy DiMisa: it's a it's a game changer when you can implement and bring in these types of programs that we're going to talk about. 77% of consumers are motivated to purchase from companies committed to making the world a better place.

00:21:07.930 --> 00:21:32.069 Tommy DiMisa: 77 of consumers are looking to see what you all are doing? Businesses for the community. How are you getting involved? What work are you doing to make the world a better place right? And we've seen that. And and what I'd love to do is maybe Kim talk some of the clients that that we already work with. You know their reactions to to what this relationship has been so far.

00:21:32.950 --> 00:21:52.589 Kim Cottage: Alright. So we'll just talk about, you know, one that comes to mind is Suffolk Credit Union. So Suffolk Credit Union. Very philanthropic mission, always giving back to the community does do a couple of things on their own. But how can they expand that? So we have over 14 events that we do

00:21:52.900 --> 00:21:59.520 Kim Cottage: what's important to me, what's important to their employer? What's important to somebody? Might not? Everyone's different.

00:21:59.580 --> 00:22:25.000 Kim Cottage: So we do things with elders. We do things with suicide prevention. We do things with disability. So sometimes we do things with food. Sometimes we're planting, sometimes we're painting, sometimes we're reading. So whatever is important to the individual. They sign up and go to credit. Really, it's important, their environmental.

00:22:25.000 --> 00:22:52.800 Kim Cottage: They want the environmental. You know, the environment to be clean. We had a beach cleanup. They had over 45 people attend, and we really use this opportunity as an employee engagement. If you look online and see all the pictures and everyone laughing, and we had a we added a little meditation beforehand. So there's so many aspects to the way this goes, and people are really talking about it. When we go to these events we work with the veterans.

00:22:53.110 --> 00:23:01.399 Kim Cottage: and I remember a family of kids walking in and saying, You know, I can't wait to help out these veterans, and when she walked out she said.

00:23:01.470 --> 00:23:03.430 Kim Cottage: Oh, I didn't help them.

00:23:03.450 --> 00:23:04.950 Kim Cottage: They made me better.

00:23:05.280 --> 00:23:06.070 Tommy DiMisa: Yeah, that's cool.

00:23:06.070 --> 00:23:07.510 Kim Cottage: It's so amazing.

00:23:07.510 --> 00:23:28.719 Tommy DiMisa: Secret about volunteering Kim. That's the kind of secret like, you know. Before we all met I went out, and I did 60 days of service, and that was kind of like more and more of the thing. That's why, like, I'll tell you the universe, God, whatever somebody's deal, is, but works in these interesting ways, where you know, or or Kellyanne and Ken Sereni in this case, where the the connector there but it just it's

00:23:28.900 --> 00:23:34.289 Tommy DiMisa: I will tell this. And I've said this story here on the show, and I love getting out and doing the volunteerism

00:23:34.290 --> 00:24:03.029 Tommy DiMisa: because it helps. But it also helps me. If you're not having a great day, man, and you can get out there and do something for somebody else. Go do that, because now you're outside of your nonsense and shenanigans, and how tough your life is because you're out and making an impact for somebody else. And I kept saying to you both the night at at the beach with Suffolk. I was like they figured it out. They're using this this platform. They actually they're getting it. I think they're a great model for what we're going to continue to do.

00:24:03.030 --> 00:24:31.030 Tommy DiMisa: going forward. Because they really they. This sounds negative. But they bought in. They understand it. They are all in on the strategy, and you know, from the sea level down, you know they had the CEO out there that night that was so great to meet her, and then they they bought shirt shirts and hoodies, and they had, like they made it a special night for their team. Not just come. Do the thing, have a sandwich and go. But it was very engaging. What do you? What do you think about that, Liz? And and also some of maybe some of our other clients that we work with.

00:24:31.440 --> 00:24:44.220 Liz Saitta: Yeah, no, absolutely is. You know, they really understand the program, and they are utilizing it to its fullest capacity. Right? So not only are they allowing their employees to pick

00:24:44.300 --> 00:24:58.650 Liz Saitta: what's important to them? You know they're not being voluntold. You have to go to this specific event. You go to where you feel you want to be, and they're taking advantage of the marketing. The social media that happens

00:24:58.730 --> 00:25:03.600 Liz Saitta: pre during and post events with the you know, Members

00:25:04.169 --> 00:25:31.839 Liz Saitta: company's name Hashtag, you know, all over the place, you know, they're really using it, and then they repost it to their, you know network. And so they really get it. And we wanna make all our members get it like that so that it's being fully utilized to its capacity. But you know, some people use it not just for employee engagement, or, you know, employee corporate social responsibility.

00:25:31.940 --> 00:25:44.229 Liz Saitta: We have some members that use it. For, you know, business development right? What a better way to close business with a prospect is to bring them to an event where you know it's meaningful to them

00:25:44.590 --> 00:25:50.886 Liz Saitta: right? And you're able to to bring that prospect to a veterans event, or you know,

00:25:51.590 --> 00:25:58.459 Liz Saitta: an animal at North Shore Animal League, because, you know, they have an affinity towards that specific area.

00:25:58.640 --> 00:26:09.110 Liz Saitta: And you know, people like to do business with people of like mind and that are charitable. So people are using, you know, philanthropy network in so many different ways, so many different ways.

00:26:09.110 --> 00:26:13.149 Tommy DiMisa: Yeah, yeah, great points. I, I I think that's

00:26:13.190 --> 00:26:36.930 Tommy DiMisa: so important to underscore is that we're solving multiple problems. Right? We're solving this problem of I'm a director of Hr. I can't manage this because of bandwidth, but I want to plug into your platform. So then I'm getting my employees more engaged corporate days of social responsibility. They're involved, they're volunteering. And they're making a friend. Because, you know, they used to say when again, having been in this

00:26:37.070 --> 00:26:44.979 Tommy DiMisa: adjacent to Hr. World for many, many years, you know, they always used to ask when I worked at Adp. You'd have to take a survey each year, and it was like kind of

00:26:44.980 --> 00:27:07.979 Tommy DiMisa: I don't know. It's a little silly to me like, do you have a best friend at work? That was like a thing that they would ask you because it was to show, are you engaged? Are you connected watching these individuals from Suffolk a couple of weeks ago, and certainly some of our other clients, you know, out at these events. Not only are they getting to mingle with the other businesses there, they're mingling with their own teams that they might only some of them. 1st of all, you had that whole Suffic group there.

00:27:08.120 --> 00:27:28.189 Tommy DiMisa: Some of these people never see each other, because they're in different branches and different business units and stuff. You get to make new friends internally, and that to me I love. I want to go into this piece, though, where you're talking about, you know, pre-event post event stuff like that. Because, as Kim said earlier, she said, somebody told her a long time ago. How important it is, what

00:27:28.190 --> 00:27:41.023 Tommy DiMisa: what candidates see when they're looking at you. If I want to go work at Coca Cola, or if I want to go work at a local business on Long Island. I'm gonna check them out. I was telling somebody just last week who is a new friend of mine, I said,

00:27:42.430 --> 00:28:12.379 Tommy DiMisa: you need a Linkedin profile. This individual is looking for a job in the nonprofit space and is returning to the workforce or whatever, and I said, you need to be on Linkedin, because as soon as you left me a voicemail, because I know this person's husband says, as soon as you left me a voicemail, I went to Linkedin to look you up like literally. That's how quick it is. And that's critically important. So that storytelling Liz that you talk about. Can you tell us about what that Pre and post looks like? And then, Kim, I know from your perspective

00:28:12.490 --> 00:28:22.060 Tommy DiMisa: some of the feedback you you may have gotten from what's the quote? Unquote advertising we do, or promotion we do of our partners, as as we say. You know what I mean, Liz.

00:28:22.300 --> 00:28:29.440 Liz Saitta: Yeah, sure. Yeah. So when I talk about pre marketing is, you know, we are always posting to

00:28:29.450 --> 00:28:35.880 Liz Saitta: Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin X, about all the upcoming events.

00:28:35.980 --> 00:28:41.439 Liz Saitta: Why, it's important who the not-for-profit is, and we make it very easy for people to register

00:28:41.460 --> 00:28:45.179 Liz Saitta: right? So that's pre marketing. We also do a lot of

00:28:45.270 --> 00:28:52.790 Liz Saitta: marketing of the members that are part of the net company spotlights. If we see them being recognized.

00:28:52.960 --> 00:29:04.250 Liz Saitta: you know, outside, you know our organization, we make sure to post it and say they're a proud member of Yp. Network of New York, for example, Michelle Dean was just awarded

00:29:04.360 --> 00:29:07.539 Liz Saitta: some fabulous award as a top, you know, executive

00:29:07.950 --> 00:29:36.800 Liz Saitta: on her own website. We then took that and forwarded it onto our network. So not only did she get recognition through her own organization. She got recognition through philanthropy network of New York. So we do that with all of our members when we see them being recognized outside of the philanthropy during the event. We're taking lots of pictures we're posting during the event. We're hashtagging the company and then post event. There's always a thank you to everyone who participated. There's a group photo, everyone's hashtagged.

00:29:37.020 --> 00:29:43.139 Liz Saitta: and then everyone gets, you know, access to the photos so that they could use them in their own social media needs.

00:29:43.540 --> 00:30:09.740 Tommy DiMisa: Yeah, exactly, Kim. What have you experienced when we talk to some of our clients, you know, as their feedback on what's been most important to them is, you know, from the marketing perspective, as Liz talks about, because we really, the way we treat them is as their partners. You know, we really look at it that way that, W. Like Liz points out, we're helping promote their other accomplishments and accolades that they're getting in the community. But maybe some of the stuff. You've heard that I know you're very close to some of these folks.

00:30:10.098 --> 00:30:14.459 Tommy DiMisa: You know you talk to them on a on a regular basis. I'm curious what kind of feedback you get.

00:30:14.930 --> 00:30:27.719 Kim Cottage: I'll just give a 1 story, and I don't know if it's exactly answering your question. But last year we had an event. It was in Long Beach, and we had a whole bunch of individuals coming from a company

00:30:27.850 --> 00:30:35.240 Kim Cottage: the Hr. The Vp. Calls me and says, it's a hard day. These young individuals never entailed

00:30:35.610 --> 00:30:38.709 Kim Cottage: the pressure they had on them today. So beware.

00:30:39.220 --> 00:30:55.690 Kim Cottage: So they came in. I knew about it. There was a challenge. We were all together because our mantras together we do great things. I took them out of their comfort zone. We we did our task. I introduced them to people. The next morning she called, because I don't know what you did.

00:30:55.840 --> 00:31:03.459 Kim Cottage: She goes, but they all came back. They had a great time. They was smiling. And you really change them. So through philanthropy you do change people.

00:31:03.460 --> 00:31:19.319 Tommy DiMisa: 100. That's that's the whole thing right there, that's what it is. It's like. Now these individuals go back. They're jazzed, and who set them up to do that. Their company, their company, gave them this opportunity, gave them this platform to go out, make an impact, and get involved in the community

00:31:19.320 --> 00:31:35.869 Tommy DiMisa: and do some philanthropy. So that that's so special. We're gonna take a quick break. We come back. I wanna talk more about what you know what Liz sort of said there about using it from a business development perspective, because I believe, as the nonprofit sector connector and as a connector in general, that we're always networking.

00:31:35.870 --> 00:31:52.559 Tommy DiMisa: and I don't. Networking is not a bad bird. Everybody prospecting. When people think you're networking with him. That is a bad word. Networking is building relationships, adding value, making a friend. How can I help you? That sort of that's networking, right? I think what happens is

00:31:52.570 --> 00:32:00.360 Tommy DiMisa: now I've been a salesman my whole life, so nothing against salespeople. I love you all. However, we need to tighten up a couple of things sales gang. Here's the deal.

00:32:00.370 --> 00:32:20.020 Tommy DiMisa: When you go out to network. Don't prospect network when you go out to prospect great behavior. I do it. But I know when I'm doing that, you know. So when you're meeting with somebody, and you're trading cards and you're sizing them up to sell them something that's not networking gang. But as you get me off my soapbox. I'm gonna rent.

00:32:20.020 --> 00:32:21.010 Kim Cottage: Effected.

00:32:21.010 --> 00:32:42.940 Tommy DiMisa: We better go to a quick break. But when we come back I want to talk about how I see this as a business development opportunity for people making deposits and things like that. We'll talk about that when we come back we'll talk about some upcoming events, and we'll obviously talk about the unconference. Talk about upcoming events. Very soon we will be celebrating that very important day. So right back Liz Kim and Tommy D. Right back.

00:34:43.540 --> 00:34:59.720 Tommy DiMisa: Back. So while you're checking. If you're watching the video right now, you'll see I am sharing our website, which is comma dot. That is the philanthropy network in New York. I'm sharing a couple of just pages. These are some of our clients here.

00:34:59.720 --> 00:35:21.160 Tommy DiMisa: you know if you're not, if you're only listening. If you're checking this out as a podcast. Please go to the network, go to the website, pn, new to check out the website. See the great work we're doing. See? Some of the upcoming events things like that. While, as we're going to commercial. I I sort of said. You know I'd love to talk about this business development angle that Liz mentioned before we went to a break.

00:35:21.400 --> 00:35:21.850 Liz Saitta: A.

00:35:21.850 --> 00:35:25.210 Tommy DiMisa: I think it's critically important to think in in those terms. Gang, because.

00:35:25.280 --> 00:35:40.449 Tommy DiMisa: Liz, the way you pointed it out was like, if you have a client or prospective client or prospective partner, who might be very focused on animal advocacy as an example, and January, we did an event at the North Shore. Oh, my God! Why can't Port Washington, North Shore animal.

00:35:40.730 --> 00:35:41.010 Liz Saitta: Like.

00:35:41.010 --> 00:36:03.449 Tommy DiMisa: Couldn't think of all the words North Shore Animal League. Which is a big national or international known brand, happens to be right here on Long Island that some people might not realize. But when we did that event, you know, if I had a prospective partner or client that I was working with, who I knew was Gaga over animals and looking out for animals. I would bring that person to the event. So I think it's when people can think in those terms of

00:36:03.450 --> 00:36:13.219 Tommy DiMisa: wow! Now I rolled my sleeves up. I'll think of another event, you know, when we were out doing this is last year, actually, when we when we all 1st started really getting to know each other.

00:36:13.220 --> 00:36:15.719 Tommy DiMisa: we did an event called Pizza Palooza.

00:36:15.720 --> 00:36:21.280 Tommy DiMisa: which was with Fca. And Family and Children's Association here in Long Island.

00:36:21.740 --> 00:36:30.609 Tommy DiMisa: and we worked with some of the the children there playing games and and pizza, and shout out to my dad. Route's Italian Isis a Huntington. My dad donated Italian Isis.

00:36:31.200 --> 00:36:39.140 Tommy DiMisa: and it was just that connection and relationship. And I met, you know you're meeting Ceos of companies that you know

00:36:39.620 --> 00:36:57.320 Tommy DiMisa: you're rolling your sleeves up. You're getting involved together. You're serving pizza with rubber gloves on right. Everybody's the same. You're digging, you know, shout out to my friend Yolanda Robano Gross from options for community living, because a couple of years ago, when I was doing 60 days of service. I was planting shrubs in front of one of their residential homes, and

00:36:57.390 --> 00:37:18.909 Tommy DiMisa: she, the CEO, came out, was digging holes with me like that's the kind of stuff. When you get involved with philanthropy, you connect with people. I maybe some of the stuff, Liz or Kim. Whoever wants to jump in to talk about what you've seen come out of this. It doesn't have to be somebody sold the thing. But maybe new relationships that have come from, you know you have with the dozen or so customers that we have.

00:37:19.050 --> 00:37:44.269 Tommy DiMisa: They're now meeting each other. They're intermingling, maybe, especially like an example. Uncle Giuseppe's is a client of ours. Right. You're constantly, Liz. I watch it because you handle our social media. I watch you promoting Uncle Giuseppe's. It's Super Bowl Sunday, or you know, it's let's have something for your barbecue. Right? That's the kind of promotional stuff we do. So I'm curious. Has there been some wins that we could share from people just getting out together and networking.

00:37:44.960 --> 00:37:54.499 Liz Saitta: Totally totally so most of our network when they are hosting, whether it's for personal purposes or corporate purposes. When they need food.

00:37:54.770 --> 00:38:09.639 Liz Saitta: they're going to Uncle Giuseppe's to to place those orders because they're they're there at every event, and they're they're talking, and they're making friends, and I mean the food is just delicious. So why not support people who support.

00:38:09.850 --> 00:38:18.005 Liz Saitta: you know, common causes? So that's really the beauty of philanthropy network of New York. It wasn't something that Kim and I had.

00:38:18.460 --> 00:38:20.160 Liz Saitta: you know, thought would

00:38:20.250 --> 00:38:44.230 Liz Saitta: happen as often as it does, and it's definitely not something that we put in our promotional materials. But transactions are happening holistically from these events, people meeting each other and finding about the products and services that they provide. And education. Right? So, family of kids is a great example

00:38:44.340 --> 00:38:59.350 Liz Saitta: of, you know, do we really know what they do? But when they're there next to someone else, and they're explaining their services. Well, hey, I know someone that needs those services. And then someone will say, Well, why don't you give me a call? And let's let's make it happen kind of thing. So it's it's a very unique

00:39:02.310 --> 00:39:08.820 Liz Saitta: way of of opportunities happening. And it's very organic and holistic, which makes it a lot more meaningful.

00:39:08.820 --> 00:39:37.350 Tommy DiMisa: Cause they're not there for that right? These are more natural. It goes back to my point early before we went to a break where we're there to to do this thing together, you know. Roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty, you know. Put on the gloves, I mean. I remember in February we were out at Island harvest, cleaning out the greenhouses right? And I don't know who I'm standing next to, and I end up making all these new friends. And again, yeah, I'm I'm with the philanthropy network. But I'm just another guy standing there doing this thing, you know, doing.

00:39:37.350 --> 00:39:38.010 Kim Cottage: Right.

00:39:38.010 --> 00:39:41.049 Tommy DiMisa: So, Kim, what about you? I mean, you've probably seen a lot of that.

00:39:41.050 --> 00:39:41.800 Kim Cottage: Yeah,

00:39:42.600 --> 00:39:44.920 Kim Cottage: Well, we'll go back to the

00:39:45.160 --> 00:39:48.000 Kim Cottage: event in February, where we're at Island harvest

00:39:48.030 --> 00:40:05.420 Kim Cottage: and next to Dr. Lenny, Dr. Lenny is wet. Dr. Lenny is dirty, and we're sweeping, and we're digging. And I looked at him, and I said, He's with family of kids. He's a CEO, and I said, Thank you so much for being here. He's like, no, thank you for having me

00:40:06.006 --> 00:40:09.659 Kim Cottage: so you can't even you can't even believe

00:40:09.990 --> 00:40:14.818 Kim Cottage: what comes out of this, and I just want to go back to the events themselves.

00:40:15.930 --> 00:40:21.480 Kim Cottage: It they're all different. But what is similar is

00:40:21.670 --> 00:40:26.940 Kim Cottage: the timeframe and the format. And let me explain that everyone wants to give back.

00:40:27.360 --> 00:40:30.379 Kim Cottage: But we all have a certain amount of time.

00:40:30.670 --> 00:40:37.490 Kim Cottage: and you have to get back to work. And you know, some people do fight in organizations while they can't be away from their job.

00:40:37.780 --> 00:40:42.259 Kim Cottage: So most of our events are, you know, depending about 2 and a half hours.

00:40:42.700 --> 00:40:44.040 Kim Cottage: So you get there.

00:40:44.180 --> 00:40:56.180 Kim Cottage: And it's really powerful because a Coo CEO or a leadership professional comes out and spends a few minutes welcoming everybody and talking about what the mission is.

00:40:56.240 --> 00:41:00.990 Kim Cottage: So you're having education of something that you might not ever know about.

00:41:01.220 --> 00:41:03.030 Kim Cottage: So you really are like

00:41:03.070 --> 00:41:04.490 Kim Cottage: an awe moment.

00:41:04.570 --> 00:41:07.579 Kim Cottage: and then we all together do our task.

00:41:07.840 --> 00:41:12.286 Kim Cottage: So whether it's working in a greenhouse, whether it's

00:41:12.870 --> 00:41:30.039 Kim Cottage: cleaning the environment, whether it's painting rocks for suicide prevention, whether it's working with elders, we all. And then we network a little bit with a you know, a little nush, and then we all have time to go about our day.

00:41:30.300 --> 00:41:33.469 Kim Cottage: But you really really, really made a difference.

00:41:33.470 --> 00:41:52.650 Tommy DiMisa: So what I'm hearing to say is gang. It doesn't have to be like volunteerism. And I've said this on this program for many years now 3 years, in fact, and it doesn't have to be hours. It doesn't have to be. You know, every single week that you do this. If you get out what you can accomplish inside of a 3 h window like Kim's talking about 2 and a half to 3 h.

00:41:52.650 --> 00:42:08.130 Tommy DiMisa: You can make an impact. You can learn about a nonprofit organization that you didn't know about. You get a little nosh. I love that word nosh. We definitely don't use that word enough in our vernacular. I'm gonna use that word 5 times more today. So so you get a little bit of a nosh, and you then you also

00:42:08.130 --> 00:42:24.749 Tommy DiMisa: you can make a new friend. You go back to your office. So if you come out and we do the event, let's say it's from 10 to 1230, or something like that. You can be on emails. Do your thing. In the morning you come out, you do your volunteers, and when you're back on the clock later on to make an impact at work. So that's where we've made it

00:42:24.750 --> 00:42:53.150 Tommy DiMisa: very attainable, I think, is a very good part of this business model, where, and mainly, these events happen during the workday right although sometimes, you know, sometimes in the evening. The event we did a couple weeks back was in the evening. I just think of some of the anecdotes, I think, of Johnny from Suffolk Credit Union with the women. We were making these hats right before the Belmont stakes and stuff like that, right? Or it was earlier. It was a.

00:42:53.695 --> 00:42:54.050 Liz Saitta: Derby.

00:42:54.050 --> 00:43:05.699 Tommy DiMisa: Derby, the Kentucky Derby. Thank you. And it was just like, you know, connecting with these these women who was so jazzed. I I gotta tell this story. We're not that, Liz. Help me out. What's the name of the place that we were at.

00:43:06.130 --> 00:43:06.560 Liz Saitta: Bristol.

00:43:06.560 --> 00:43:09.229 Tommy DiMisa: We're at the Bristol right? So in like Plainview.

00:43:09.710 --> 00:43:10.180 Tommy DiMisa: is that right?

00:43:10.180 --> 00:43:11.980 Liz Saitta: Character. Jeremiah.

00:43:12.150 --> 00:43:14.499 Tommy DiMisa: Start to Bristol and Jericho, and

00:43:14.640 --> 00:43:30.099 Tommy DiMisa: so at these places. By the way, that that's 1 of our close friends and partners, the team at the Bristol Bristol ride and the encore and stuff like that. So we're at this event, and we're making these these bonnets. And it was so much fun, and they made these little cakes. So they had these like little cakes and cookies, and it was like a tea right? Wasn't supposed to be like.

00:43:30.100 --> 00:43:31.329 Liz Saitta: Yes, like hi t.

00:43:31.330 --> 00:43:43.790 Tommy DiMisa: It right? So I had my pinky sticking out while I was drinking my my! My coffee and stuff like that. So there's these women across the hall from where we were making these hats, and they were in the salon.

00:43:43.930 --> 00:44:06.550 Tommy DiMisa: and they were like what's going on over there, and I go. Well, we're doing these hats. We want to be there. I go all right. So we're going to work this out. So I'm feeling all bad. I want to bring the materials across to the salon. I want to take the ladies from the salon and say, Just come across the hall and make your hats. So I think what we ended up doing was leaving a lot of materials because they already had hair appointments. They had to have their hair done so they didn't get to make it over. But this just shows

00:44:06.550 --> 00:44:20.460 Tommy DiMisa: how important this is and how how much fun this really is. These activities. And let's be honest. I think in this country sometimes we don't do the best job of looking out and taking care for taking care of our seniors and connecting with them.

00:44:20.460 --> 00:44:44.489 Tommy DiMisa: But, man, it's so great, it's such a. It makes me feel good when I'm in these environments where we're meeting with people, and they have great stories to tell, and you know I hit it off with a bunch of these ladies, and we had a lot of fun. We had some chuckles that day, right? With some laughs. So that's what this is. And think about how that you know especially I got to point out Johnny again. The young man. He was just having such a great time, and you know we don't. We don't know somebody's situation, you know. I mean.

00:44:44.510 --> 00:44:53.460 Tommy DiMisa: I don't have my grandparents around anymore. So to connect with people of that era is a wonderful, wonderful thing. So anyway, I don't know if you guys have anything on that, I'm just.

00:44:53.460 --> 00:45:04.039 Kim Cottage: Tommy. So on July 23, rd if anyone wants to come out, we are lucky enough to partner with Acld again the only company that we're doing a repeat, for they were our 1st

00:45:04.060 --> 00:45:09.280 Kim Cottage: company, and we're actually going to a residence, and a gentleman lost his parents.

00:45:10.160 --> 00:45:25.719 Kim Cottage: and he would sit out every summer and plant plastic yellow flowers cause his mother loved yellow flowers, and he sits for hours where we're all gonna come in and we're going to plant real yellow flowers.

00:45:26.494 --> 00:45:31.380 Kim Cottage: It's gonna make a really, really, really impact on this general.

00:45:31.633 --> 00:45:34.929 Tommy DiMisa: Cry. It's been weeks since I've tried on this show, Kim. I can't.

00:45:34.930 --> 00:45:35.759 Kim Cottage: I'll be back.

00:45:35.760 --> 00:45:54.110 Tommy DiMisa: So I'm sharing that on my screen right now. Gang, if you go to pn New York and then you'll click on. I'm gonna try to do this right now and then you click on this event here. July 23rd register. Here, it's gonna take you to this page. If you can't find any of this later on. What you do is you can send me an email.

00:45:54.460 --> 00:46:12.660 Tommy DiMisa: Tommy D at Pn. New York, Com. Or Liz at Pn, New York Com. Or Kim at Pn, New York Com. Or just we're gonna shout out the socials and stuff like that. As we draw to a break we come back, we're gonna go to a 3rd break of the day when we come back. It's our final segment. We're gonna talk about

00:46:12.660 --> 00:46:28.619 Tommy DiMisa: upcoming events. And specifically the unconference. So I really want to talk about the on conference, because that has been something that there's a lot of effort being put into that event, it's going to be a super event. We have some wild keynote speaker and really great stories to tell about that event. I'm fired up about that. So when we come back, Kim and Liz Tommy D. Right back.

00:48:39.480 --> 00:48:51.900 Tommy DiMisa: Back. I always told people I always wanted to be a game show host when I grow up. So, since I haven't grown up yet there's still more time for me to be game show host. So we like to say at the end of this program. We call it the Lightning Round. So.

00:48:51.900 --> 00:48:52.910 Kim Cottage: All the people.

00:48:52.910 --> 00:49:17.189 Tommy DiMisa: We have about 8 min left to to really drive home what's going on with philanthropy network in New York, and how maybe a bit of a call to action. How we want people to connect with us and get connected to the work we're doing. Kim, this has really been something. You've spent a lot of time and energy on. This is your baby, certainly you and Liz. But I know this is, you know the chatter talks the whole thing. This this unconference, although the only the thing I'm gonna take credit for is

00:49:17.190 --> 00:49:30.209 Tommy DiMisa: I told you the name, the unconference. So I'm taking credit for that piece, I'll always take credit for that one. But other than that, this is your baby. Tell us about it, and that, Liz, you jump in as well. But, Kim, what what is the unconference all about? I shared it while we were at a break. I shared some some

00:49:30.210 --> 00:49:31.000 Tommy DiMisa: website.

00:49:31.484 --> 00:49:40.930 Kim Cottage: So Liz. And I, you know, as we listen to the Hr community, there was a survey that went out and every year there's a survey, and the number one

00:49:41.340 --> 00:49:46.740 Kim Cottage: thing that Hr professionals are looking for is personal development.

00:49:47.400 --> 00:49:53.790 Kim Cottage: Why do you is this company going to be the employee of choice. Why are people gonna work here? So

00:49:54.060 --> 00:50:05.640 Kim Cottage: we came up with the unconference. Well, you came up with the name so everyone can recharge, reboost and be the best you, because if you don't believe in yourself, if you don't make yourself happy.

00:50:06.010 --> 00:50:07.630 Kim Cottage: who else is going to?

00:50:07.640 --> 00:50:23.109 Kim Cottage: You're not gonna be good for your team. You're not gonna be good for your family unless you're happy. But see, I have a very short attention span, and I've been to a lot of conferences, and I just have to be honest. Some they have these speakers that are kind of boring.

00:50:23.110 --> 00:50:23.415 Tommy DiMisa: Yeah.

00:50:23.870 --> 00:50:31.650 Kim Cottage: And I just was not. And, Liz, we were just not gonna have that. We just want everyone to. I want everyone to walk in

00:50:32.030 --> 00:50:34.169 Kim Cottage: better than they walked out.

00:50:34.612 --> 00:50:53.307 Kim Cottage: So if I go for through quickly, it's the unconference you're gonna walk in. You're not gonna be wearing a name badge you're going. We're gonna have we're so grateful for our vendors and our sponsors. So you're gonna have a little networking. We're gonna start the day with our groundbreak, or Chad Porter. Chad Porter

00:50:53.820 --> 00:51:05.580 Kim Cottage: was an athlete that lost his leg in a boating accident, and that meant everything to him, and how he has lived the best life with his souven drawer, and he just had Liz and I at Hello, his story. He motivates.

00:51:05.720 --> 00:51:17.160 Kim Cottage: So he's gonna start our day to be the best person that we can be. He talks for the Buffalo bills. He talks for many sports teams and many corporate companies as well. Then we're gonna go into chatter talks.

00:51:17.170 --> 00:51:19.349 Kim Cottage: short little segments.

00:51:19.450 --> 00:51:23.880 Kim Cottage: One's going to be nothing's more important than today.

00:51:24.200 --> 00:51:29.989 Kim Cottage: because if you wake up every day you have to know tomorrow's not promise. So make today your best day.

00:51:30.366 --> 00:51:39.500 Kim Cottage: What failure taught me? My friend Naim is gonna come over. He came over to this country with a suitcase and $300 in his pocket.

00:51:39.640 --> 00:51:42.790 Kim Cottage: and he wants to teach everyone. If you don't fail.

00:51:42.830 --> 00:51:46.380 Kim Cottage: you're not gonna succeed. Get out of the Comfort Zone.

00:51:46.380 --> 00:51:59.809 Tommy DiMisa: Yeah, if you don't fail, you're not going to succeed. I love that I was. I was going through. Excuse me thinking grow rich over the weekend, the classic. I was reading it on the weekend, and there's a lot of that, you know, failing. And and you know, failings leading to successes right.

00:52:00.692 --> 00:52:09.869 Kim Cottage: and then we have you know, Donna, with 10% happier, and she's going to just show you like the good both, and the bad. Well, who wins

00:52:10.120 --> 00:52:13.640 Kim Cottage: just to teach you just to go in your inner self?

00:52:14.052 --> 00:52:37.030 Kim Cottage: And then we're gonna we're gonna have a barbecue, and you know what. I don't want anyone talking during the barbecue. I want everyone to talk to each other and get better and network. And we're just gonna do that. We're gonna have a Dj, we're gonna have hats thrown out. We're gonna finish the afternoon with the pinnacle speaker. He Mike Mannix with the 5 Ls is gonna really teach us, choose you.

00:52:37.260 --> 00:52:42.190 Kim Cottage: You don't choose you. No one else is, and give us the tools to choose ourselves.

00:52:42.460 --> 00:52:42.820 Tommy DiMisa: Yeah.

00:52:42.820 --> 00:53:01.320 Kim Cottage: And then hub is our sponsor of our sip and swing. We're gonna end with people that want to go over and have some cocktails and some golfing, and we're gonna have a mixer afterwards. So everything that we take away from that day we can keep going and have each other to enforce what we learned.

00:53:01.320 --> 00:53:11.869 Tommy DiMisa: Yeah, I love that because you know what it is to your point. Yes, conferences are sometimes boring and right on. I I know a bit about short attention span, and we know that on the show, Tommy D. Adhd. That they 2 things rhyme.

00:53:11.870 --> 00:53:35.649 Tommy DiMisa: But let's be honest with this thing is like. It's great to to do the thing that day. But what's the after care? What happens after that? And I think a lot of what we're talking about is community. You know, you're gonna meet these folks there, and many of these folks who are going to be in the room. Some of our clients already on the philanthropy network of new your membership side. These are some of the folks that are going to be in the room. So they're already part of the community.

00:53:35.650 --> 00:53:40.659 Tommy DiMisa: But it's just going to continue to go on into the future. So I think that's really what a

00:53:41.040 --> 00:53:50.190 Tommy DiMisa: what a blessing to to just have this event coming up in in a couple of weeks here in July 18, th at the hamlet on Long Island. So, Liz, what do you have to add to that?

00:53:51.130 --> 00:53:55.690 Liz Saitta: Yeah, I mean, it's really gonna be a day of like self reflection.

00:53:56.333 --> 00:53:59.000 Liz Saitta: Which I don't think as

00:53:59.180 --> 00:54:16.070 Liz Saitta: professionals, whether you're Hr. Or your any type of professional. Sometimes you just don't have that opportunity to, you know. Take some time to have reflection, and through these stories and these presentations, you know, it's gonna help you

00:54:16.140 --> 00:54:33.010 Liz Saitta: overcome. Maybe some of the obstacles that you or me or anyone faces with giving them, you know, some tools and best practices to to get through and letting people know that they're not alone, and that, you know it's okay to choose you.

00:54:33.552 --> 00:54:36.769 Liz Saitta: Like, Kim had said, if you're you're not

00:54:37.150 --> 00:54:47.340 Liz Saitta: the best individual that you can be, and none of us are ever going to be best individuals we can be. But we can always be better. And we have to allow ourselves that opportunity. And I think

00:54:47.540 --> 00:55:01.339 Liz Saitta: on July 18, th you know, through these conversations, that we're all gonna be having. It's gonna allow people to become vulnerable and self reflect so that they can walk out of there, even if it's 1% better.

00:55:01.824 --> 00:55:04.899 Liz Saitta: So it's it's very unique, very unique day.

00:55:04.900 --> 00:55:10.089 Tommy DiMisa: Yeah, it is unique. And you know, I'm excited about the event, because

00:55:11.020 --> 00:55:26.260 Tommy DiMisa: anytime I can work on that professional development and and think and reflect on on my impact in the world is a great opportunity, and we don't. To your point. We don't get to do it enough. We don't get to sit back and contemplate what we're doing in the world. And

00:55:26.940 --> 00:55:38.370 Tommy DiMisa: you know this is going to be a room filled with great dialogue, great conversations, and you know something you said, Kim, about lunch. You said I don't want anybody talking during the lunch, and I thought, Well, that's not gonna work. But I know what you meant now. You didn't.

00:55:38.370 --> 00:55:38.850 Kim Cottage: Yes.

00:55:38.850 --> 00:55:59.139 Tommy DiMisa: Interrupting the net smoothing during the launch. Because that's where the fun happens. Right? It's at that, like, wow! We just went through this great stuff. We just learned all these ideas. I want to talk to people about it, and that what I'm going to encourage people to do just generally in life, and certainly at an event like the unconference is, stay away from the people you showed up with

00:55:59.180 --> 00:56:14.680 Tommy DiMisa: the people you hang out with, that you regularly see? Get out of your comfort zone as we talk about, because I believe life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Right? So get out of your comfort zone and meet new people that you didn't come to the event with. Because those people you never know it's, you know, if we didn't

00:56:14.890 --> 00:56:39.039 Tommy DiMisa: eventually the 3 of us might have met, or eventually you 2 and I might have met. But you know, if it wasn't for somebody pushing us together, that doesn't happen, and that's that's what it is. We are running out of time. So I want to just have you ask real quick. We have the the event coming up. We still need sponsorships, or who still have opportunities for sponsors. If somebody wants to. Sponsor event tickets we're selling, but we're getting pretty close to being sold out on the tickets. Liz can pitch that real quick before we go.

00:56:40.730 --> 00:56:42.130 Tommy DiMisa: Thank you.

00:56:42.130 --> 00:57:09.019 Kim Cottage: Okay, I'm here. So we're probably we're almost sold out for tickets. You have to remember everyone is coming here today, not for because they need the credits, not for they're investing in themselves. So when you're with these type of people on the follow up, we're gonna have everyone's gonna have the like mine, and I'm gonna use his name, Dan Ritchie, who is the Vp. Of training over at H. 2 M. He's like Kim.

00:57:09.020 --> 00:57:31.199 Kim Cottage: you and Liz knocked this out of the park. This is what Long Island's been waiting for. We're gonna recharge, reboost, Covid happened. Everyone has to get that fire back, believe in themselves, get out of their comfort zone. So if you didn't buy a ticket, they're very reasonably priced. New comma. Get your ticket. You won't regret it.

00:57:31.380 --> 00:57:56.059 Tommy DiMisa: Love it. Love it, Liz Kim. Thank you for being my friends. Thank you for this thing we're going to do together. This is super what we're doing, and we're going to continue to do super exciting. What an alignment you take the nonprofit sector connector, you take Liz and Kim. And what are we going to do while we're going to change the world? Hashtag no big deal, just changing the world. Everybody make it an absolute, great day. We'll see you all next week. Thank you both see you later. Thank you.

00:57:56.260 --> 00:57:57.110 Kim Cottage: Aye.

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