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Name: Lyn Freundlich
Title: Director of Administration and Human Resources
Company: Third Sector New England
Session title: Organizational Alignment: Mission, Values and Practice
Session date/time:  Monday, October 21 – 11:00 AM
LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lyn-freundlich/1/32a/7b9
Twitter: @TSNE

Profile: Lyn Freundlich is the Director of Administration and Human Resources for Third Sector New England. In this capacity she oversees the operational and personnel aspects of the organization, ensuring that internal customers receive the support and services they need in order to meet their mission-driven goals. In addition, she provides employee relations and other human resources-oriented consultation to TSNE clients.  She has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, primarily in volunteer and human resources. Lyn has worked in large, international organizations and tiny, member driven, local ones. She worked for nearly nine years with the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. She also served as the executive director for Countdown to Kindergarten, a Boston-based community collaborative. Lyn has a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Masters Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University of New England.

At the Nonprofit HR Conference, Lyn will present on employee relations and organizational alignment. Why values alignment? Consider this: a local nonprofit organization advocating for universal health care doesn’t provide comprehensive benefits to its own staff. Or think about the education-oriented group working to more deeply engage parents and guardians in schools but its own staff don’t feel they can take a few hours off to attend parent-teacher conferences with their children. When groups don’t or can’t walk their own talk morale suffers leading to performance problems, absenteeism and increased turnover. Ultimately the work and therefore the constituents suffer. Nonprofit organizations function best when internal practices are intentionally aligned with organizational mission, vision and values. Senior leaders and human resources staffs have an opportunity, and in fact an obligation, to assess organizational and human resources practices in relation to their organization mission. In this session you will learn how.

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