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Skills4Good Spotlight: Jodi Wright

The Skills4Good Spotlight series shines a spotlight on some amazing corporate employees who generously share their time, talent and treasure with nonprofits as they help build resilient communities. We recognize and thank corporations and their employees for their meaningful social impact in strengthening nonprofits who serve our communities.

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is a Skills4Good Client. It is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance and creating value for its clients and communities. It has been named as one of the “Best Workplaces in Canada” for 11 consecutive years.

Skills4Good matched Jodi with the board of North York Women's Centre (NYWC), a nonprofit whose mission is to advance equality and empower women to effect positive change.

Meet Jodi Wright



Q: Why did RBC engage Skills4Good?

A: Community engagement is a core principle for RBC and a fundamental piece of our Collective Ambition. Our purpose is "Helping clients thrive and communities prosper", and among other ways, this can be achieved by supporting our employees in their community engagement endeavours. 

However, it's hard to find the right Board, that matches one's interests, capabilities, and identified areas of development. This is where Skills4Good was able to play such an important intermediary role, linking non-profits in need of qualified Board members, with companies who have engaged and eager employees looking to give back.

We at RBC believe wholeheartedly in the importance and value of community and social impact. Strong employee engagement is also a pillar of our vision.

The Skills4Good board matching program creates a further connection between our employees and their direct community and social impact, allowing RBC to further fulfill on both of these values.

Q: Why did you participate in the Skills4Good program?

A: Community involvement has always been an important part of my life, and something I've grown up valuing and identifying as a responsibility in the most positive way. However, community support slowly fell by the wayside as I had kids and other priorities popped up.

Last year, when I was starting to think about how to get involved with something that would have meaning to me and impact too, I didn't know where to start. It's hard to Google "available nonprofit board positions in Toronto!". The timing was serendipitous when an opportunity was presented to me by RBC to participate in the board matching and training program through Skills4Good.

Q: Why did you choose to serve on the NYWC Board?

A: For me, it was important to support an organization with whom I had a personal interest and passion. I also decided I wanted to support local. And women's interests were at the top of my list. I serve on the board of NYWC, which works to advance equality and empower women to effect positive change. NYWC is committed to being accessible to all women regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, ability and class. This resonates with me tremendously! I was excited to jump at the opportunity to support the cause and this nonprofit!

Q: What is the positive impact of your board service on your personal and professional goals?

A: I feel joy by knowing that my contributions are helping advance equality and empower women to effect positive change. And that we're doing this in my backyard, in Toronto. Having not served on a board before, I am learning protocol, roles and responsibilities of board members and overall governance. We have a diverse board membership, providing me the opportunity to learn from each of the wonderful women with whom I serve.

Q:  What invaluable contributions do you bring to the NYWC board?

A: My experience working at a large financial institution, combined with my background in strategy, change management, leadership, and overall strong communication skills, allow me to effectively contribute to the Board. I challenge the status quo, ask probing questions, and collaborate with my fellow board members to ensure we all lead the organization with integrity, responsibility and success.

Q: Would you recommend other professionals to serve on a nonprofit board?

A: Absolutely! I think it's the responsibility of those who are in positions to serve, to serve! It's such a fulfilling societal contribution and allows one to put their professional skills to work in a different capacity and learn new skills and meet new people along the way.

Q: Any other thoughts you wish to share?

A: I found the Skills4Good experience to be incredibly helpful in ensuring I chose a nonprofit to which I could commit and wanted to commit. When you engage in a 3-year board commitment, you want to know you're choosing an organization that means something to you. Skills4Good helped me find such an organization. The Skills4Good team was incredibly helpful and responsive. This program is a great benefit a company can offer their high valued employees. I strongly recommend them to my RBC colleagues.

Nonprofit Recognizes Jodi’s Invaluable Contributions



Elissa Podolsky, Board Chair of NYWC said:

“Jodi is an active contributor to our board meetings. She also contributes her time supporting various sub-committees and lends her thoughts and ideas to advance our objectives. She has been integral to our board. She has leveraged her experience working for large corporate Canada that’s benefited our board. She’s very engaged and we are fortunate to have her!”

Note: This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.

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Kind Words from Our Partners

Shell

“I’m excited about this partnership with Skills4Good. In my experience, the most successful teams are built when diverse individuals with unique experiences choose to work together with a single purpose.”

Michael Crothers
President & Country Chair
Shell Canada

Equifax

“Our partnership with Skills4Good is a unique opportunity for us to develop our talented Equifax leaders while making a difference in the communities in which we live and work.”

Lisa Nelson
President
Equifax Canada

Global Impact

“Skills4Good has a unique model for improving corporate employee engagement and Global Impact is excited to be supporting their U.S. expansion.”

Scott Jackson
President & CEO
Global Impact

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“I’m excited about this partnership with Skills4Good. In my experience, the most successful teams are built when diverse individuals with unique experiences choose to work together with a single purpose.”
- - - Michael Crothers, President & Country Chair, Shell Canada

“Skills4Good was recommended to us and so we registered our nonprofit. I like working with them because the process was fast and easy. I highly recommend them to my nonprofit sector colleagues.”
- - - Danny Glenwright, Executive Director, Action Against Hunger Canada

“Our partnership with Skills4Good is a unique opportunity for us to develop our talented Equifax leaders while making a difference in the communities in which we live and work.”
- - - Lisa Nelson, President, Equifax Canada

"I give Skills4Good an excellent rating. Their team was incredibly helpful, responsive and encouraging. They didn't rush the match, ensuring I had explored a variety of options to choose the right nonprofit for me. I would highly recommend working with Skills4Good, and think it's such a great non-financial benefit a company can offer their high valued employees. I strongly recommend them to my colleagues at RBC."
- - - Jodi Wright, Senior Director, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

“Skills4Good’s service was excellent in matching our busy Board with interested candidates. They got the ball rolling, did what they said they were going to do, and provided a great candidate who accepted a position with our Board. I highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues.”
- - - Roland Osske, Board Chair, Immigrant Services Calgary

“The quality of the Board Matching Program services I received from Skills4Good was excellent. I liked their personalized service, their online videos and their prompt response times. I highly recommend them to my colleagues at Enbridge.”
- - - Laszlo Varsanyi, Vice President, Enbridge

"I rate Skills4Good's matching services as excellent. I liked how prompt their team responds to my inquiries. They are very easy to work with."
- - - Heather Evans, Managing Director, Community Living Ontario Foundation

“I appreciated that Skills4Good got to know me well. Their approach was very high touch and greatly helped with my selection of board opportunities. I give them an excellent rating!”
- - - Benjamin Winograd, Managing Director, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

“Skills4Good is an excellent resource to find qualified Board members. They were always professional and supportive. The process was effortless, timely and successful!”
- - - Gregory Caswell, Executive Director, Alberta Emerald Foundation

“Skills4Good’s board matching services were excellent. The program was effective and efficient. Josephine was extremely relatable and supportive throughout the entire process. I highly recommend Skills4Good to my LGM colleagues.”
- - - Eddie McWhirter, EVP-Finance, LGM Financial Services

“Skills4Good was very professional and efficient in matching us with great new board members! Their board matching services are excellent! I highly recommend them to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”
- - - Karen MacMillan, Executive Co-Director, Foothills Academy

“I give Skills4Good an excellent rating. They couldn't have made it easier for me to connect with a nonprofit. The online training was fit for purpose and the interviews/questionnaire were instrumental in finding a good fit. I am very happy with my match, which wouldn't have happened without their help. I highly recommend them to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Julia Stadnyk, Senior Legal Counsel, Shell Canada

“Skills4Good’s services were excellent. Their communication was outstanding - clear, kind, and very punctual. The process was thorough and laid out clearly, which certainly built trust in not only Skills4Good/B3, but in the candidate that was successfully matched with us. I really enjoyed working with them and am very excited that we're welcoming a new board member!”
- - - Joshua Dalledonne, Board President, Calgary Young People's Theatre Society

“I give Skills4Good’s services an excellent rating. I liked working with their team! They were very professional, warm and really cared that I ended up at a nonprofit that not only aligned with my passions, but that was also going to be a good fit with my personality. I highly recommend them to my colleagues at RBC.”
- - - Stephanie Breitman, Senior Credit Analyst, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

”We registered with Skills4Good to try a new recruitment method. The quality of their services was excellent. They had easy-to-use online tools and were very responsive with their feedback. I highly recommend them to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”
- - - Joy Parsons, CEO, Fair Haven Homes Society

“Skills4Good invested a lot of work to ensure a great match. I am grateful to Skills4Good for my board appointment. Given their excellent service, I highly recommend them to my Enbridge colleagues!”
- - - Tanya Mushynski, Vice President, Enbridge

“Skills4Good was intentional about understanding our board needs. They presented excellent candidates and we’re thrilled with the outcome!”
- - - Anne Marie Peirce, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Mississauga

”The absolute professionalism, dedication to personal development and the opportunity to learn directly from the Skills4Good team was excellent. It is evident that they’re respected and connected within the industry. I highly recommend them to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Jamie Beyore, Director Global Wholesale, Shell Canada

”We were in need of quality board members and were having a hard time connecting with the right individuals. The Skills4Good team was very professional. The candidate was well suited. Communication was easy and the process was efficient. I am very happy with their services. I highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues."
- - - Bill de Jong, Board Director, Janus Academy Society

"I give Skills4Good an excellent rating. Their program worked perfectly for me. I liked how organized and methodical the matching program was. I also liked their team's individual and personalized approach. I would recommend them to my colleagues at Equifax."
- - - Yosh Ubieda, Senior Finance Analyst, Equifax Canada

”We had been looking for some months to add new members to our Board of Directors. Skills4Good’s services were excellent. We liked working with them because of the quality of applicants we received. I highly recommend them to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”
- - - Samantha Fox, Board Chair, London Youth Advisory Council

“I rate Skills4Good’s services as excellent. Everyone was very responsive and helpful. The board volunteer opportunities identified were very much what I was looking for and the Leaders on Board online course was interesting. I highly recommend them to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Julianne Osberg, Senior Counsel, Shell Canada

“Skills4Good’s professionalism in finding someone for us was unbelievable and made my workload a lot easier as they did the legwork in finding someone. I give them an excellent rating and highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues.”
- - - Sarah Preston, Gateway Association

“I liked Skills4Good’s great, very user-friendly online portal interface and excellent nonprofit board governance training. They provided access to many nonprofits without the need to search for them myself. I would recommend them to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Alex Markos, Production Manager, Shell Canada

“Skills4Good is a professional organization to work with! Thanks so much for helping us find an amazing person to join our board! I highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues.”
- - - Kate Butler, Board Director, Hope 24/7

“I give Skills4Good an excellent rating! They invested a lot of time and effort to determine my interests and objectives to ensure a great match. They were very responsive to my feedback throughout the process. I would recommend them to my colleagues at Enbridge!”
- - - Tanya Mushynski, Vice-President, Enbridge 

“I liked Skills4Good’s personalized connections and excellent support they provided our nonprofit. I highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues. Their services were excellent.”
- - - Rebecca White, CEO, Engineers of Tomorrow

“Skills4Good has the nonprofit connections and methodology in place to first understand what resonated with me professionally and personally. They found the appropriate board contacts to facilitate my placement. I would recommend them to my colleagues at Shell.”
- - - Brody Mainville, Head of Retail, Shell Canada

“We contacted Skills4Good because of their impressive reputation. Their board matching services are excellent! I enjoyed communicating with their team. They made the board matching process very smooth. I have only positive feedback from my experience with Skills4Good!”
- - - Julie Wildgoose, Board Director, Centennial Infant and Child Centre

“Skills4Good’s level of service and professionalism is top-notch. I liked their very high touch service and online board training. They made sure I understood everything and were there for me every step of the way. They really match personal passion to nonprofit. I give them an excellent rating and highly recommend them to my colleagues at LGM.”
- - - Diana Ricketts, VP of Strategic Partnerships, LGM Financial Services

”The communications we received from Skills4Good was terrific. The candidate was a good match to our organization. I highly recommend them to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”
- - - Carlene Chrumka, Executive Director, Janus Academy Society

”The Skills4Good team was very knowledgeable about the working of Boards and areas that would not be known by the more general audience. I would recommend them to my colleagues at Enbridge.”
- - - Christine Neff, Vice President, Enbridge

“I give Skills4Good an excellent rating! Their matching process was spot on to connect applicants with the experience and interest to our nonprofit board. This is a great service to match volunteers with the right skill sets for boards. I highly recommend them to my nonprofit colleagues.”
- - - Pam Banks, Executive Director, RIC Centre

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