Bring your questions on remote working to our next open office hours

NTEN is committed to supporting our community as it experiences a large-scale and sudden shift to working with a fully remote or significantly distributed team. Many people and companies have already shared resources, and more are being developed to help people adjust to the transition.

But in addition to reading newsletters and blog posts, there’s tremendous value in simply asking questions that are specific to you. Our community is more resilient when it comes together to share individual experiences and lessons learned. Whether you are looking for tips on working from home, trying to understand how to manage remote staff, or just looking for specific tool suggestions, NTEN can help.

Join us as we host a series of free Open Office Hours over the next few weeks. You’ll join an NTEN-hosted conversation with other community members filled with tips, tools, and answers to your specific working from home questions.

Events will be hosted on Zoom to encourage open discussion.

Open Office Hours #1
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Time: 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET

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Open Office Hours #2
Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
Time: 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET

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Open Office Hours #3
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Time: 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET

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Open Office Hours #4
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020
Time: 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET

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Open Office Hours #5
Date: Friday, April 17, 2020
Time: 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET

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Ash Shepherd
Chief Program Officer
NTEN

I got my first job in the nonprofit sector when I was 18. It was at a group home that served girls between 12 and 18. Very soon after starting, I began to grasp for the first time what a former high school teacher meant when he said, "If you want to help people, you need to be willing to work with people that need help." While it was extremely challenging at times, this work led to a deeper sense of empathy and imagining what an end result can look like for others if you genuinely put in the effort to support their success. I fell in love with doing work that truly mattered and have been in the nonprofit sector since.

In the end, I spent a decade working in social services in various settings, from schools and wilderness therapy programs to community and residential programs. Eventually, my interest in technology and how it could amplify nonprofit missions brought me to make a career shift. I spent several years working at nonprofits that consulted with other nonprofits in digital engagement, CRMs, and overall project management. I eventually found my way back into programs development when I joined the staff at NTEN.

Along the way, I earned a B.S. from the University of Montana in Resource Management and a Master's in Environment and Development from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It took a while to figure out the throughline of my education and professional experience, but I eventually realized I love the intersections where people and other things come together (the environment, other humans, with technology).

My role at NTEN allows me to continue doing work that connects with people and organizations across the full spectrum of the nonprofit sector. My project-driven brain couldn't find a better way to continue learning from amazing people creating exciting new ways to improve our communities every day.

Outside of work, I enjoy taking a break from technology and exploring the outdoors, searching for an open stretch of trail and precious moments of solitude.