LaTeshia Ellerson, Director of Development at True Colors Theatre

Success quote: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” – Alan Lakein

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9, NKJV

Best piece of advice ever received: “Don’t sweat the small stuff. Keep focus on the BIG PICTURE.”

Personal habit that contributes to success: The ability to create a team environment that fosters collaboration. Communication is also key whether you are in a big or small development office. Communicate through it all!

Internet resource: The National Center for Charitable Statistics

Book recommendation: Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to the Arts, Culture and Community by Donna Walker-Kuhne 

Parting piece of advice: BE CREATIVE!  Think outside the box and look for sources that INSPIRE you!

Do not be afraid to step away from what your predecessors have done.