How Non-Profit Board Service Can Fulfill Your Life and Career with Maria Doughty

In this episode, Laura and her guest, Maria Doughty delve into the world of non-profit board service and explore how it can positively impact both your personal life and professional career.

Non-profit organizations play a crucial role in addressing societal issues and driving positive change. Join Laura and Maria as they discuss the benefits of serving on a non-profit board, how it can build leadership capability, how compassionate leaders can meet the needs of employees but still have to make unpopular decisions, and more.

Whether you’re considering board service for the first time or looking to enhance your existing involvement, this episode will provide valuable insights and inspiration.

Thank you for tuning in! If you haven’t listened to episode 107, where Laura and Miriam Meima talk about the different ways you can strengthen your relationships with your peers at work, then go back and check it out!

In this episode, we cover:
-What leading with compassion and empathy looks like.
-Increasing female representation in leadership through board service.
-The different skills needed to serve on a board.
-The primary committees for nonprofit boards.
-How companies can invest in board service as critical experiences to increase leadership capability within talent management practices.

Resources and links mentioned during this episode:
-Connect with Maria on LinkedIn and learn more about The Chicago Network at
-Check out Maria’s podcast – Her Stories and the searchable database of The Chicago Network’s members,
-Join the Catch Crew and get access to team-building tools as well as Values First – the course.
-Fill out an application and get on the waitlist for the next cohort of the You Belong in the C-Suite Group Coaching Program at
-Laura’s first book – Values First. How Knowing Your Core Beliefs Can Get You the Life and Career You Want – is now available! Grab your copy today!
-Want to work with Laura? Check out her programs and coaching services.
-Find your Free Values Worksheet HERE and take action on what matters most today!

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-Follow The Catch Group on LinkedIn.
-Follow the show on Instagram @thecatchgroup.
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More about Maria Doughty:

Maria is the president and CEO of The Chicago Network, Chicago’s premier leadership organization engaging the city’s most influential women. Since joining The Chicago Network in April 2020, Maria spent 20 years with Allstate Insurance Company, most recently as Director of Public Policy and Regulatory Investigations and Examinations and Corporate Counsel. She also served as chief legal counsel for field operations, managing counsel and Corporate Litigation Division member. Like The Chicago Network’s members, Maria serves on a number of local civic and philanthropic organizations, including Leadership Greater Chicago, Latino Policy Forum, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Illinois Task Force for Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities. She also hosts The Chicago Network’s podcast, HerStories, featuring candid conversations with Chicago’s most powerful and accomplished women.

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