“Nonprofit leaders are servants at heart — prioritizing the mission and needs of the staff and volunteers who carry it out. Not only is it hard to carve out time, as executive director with no direct peer, it’s impossible to find someone within our organization with whom to process the many issues that we face. Over the past two years, my monthly meetings with Demmie have been invaluable. People would think that we’re old friends catching up over dinner, as our conversation flows effortlessly in a corner booth of a favorite restaurant. She is easy to talk to — a good listener — but also an insightful questioner who doesn’t settle for superficial answers. After each meeting I have new ideas, a fresh perspective, and renewed energy for the difficult work I’m called to do.”