SOLES Alumna Spotlight: Nicole Mione-Green '18 MA, Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Nicole Mione-Green
begin quoteI felt like each one of my professors not only cared about my own personal development, but they were all committed to improving our community and world throughout nonprofit work.

Tell us about your degree program and why you chose it.

I completed the MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management in the spring of 2018. I chose this program because I had gained a lot of practical, hands-on experience working in nonprofits, but I was curious about the theoretical aspect and wanted to have my work be informed by best-practices. I had the good fortune to work with MA students from the NPL program in my place of employment years ago. I was struck by how motivated and excited they were to be in the program at SOLES.

What is your fondest memory of being at USD and SOLES?

My fondest memory of being at USD and SOLES was enjoying the amazing sunsets. After a long day of working, watching the sun set was always awe-inspiring.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?

My favorite place on campus was the Mother Rosalie Hill Hall SOLES building, because of the sunsets.

Who was your favorite SOLES professor or class?

I HONESTLY loved all of the classes. I could not choose one. I have been able to apply everything I learned in the nonprofit and leadership program to my personal and professional life. I appreciated every professor in the program. Each brought a specific purpose and passion to the class. I felt like each one of my professors not only cared about my own personal development, but they were all committed to improviing our community and world throughout nonprofit work. 

How have you remained involved with USD and SOLES since graduation?

I have remained involved by staying connected with my classmates. I also read the Leading Change report cover to cover. Thank you to everyone for their generosity and for supporting USD, and SOLES in particular.

If you could offer a current USD/SOLES student advice, what would it be?

Don't rush through the program! Every class and reading should be enjoyed. I feel like I have been able to apply my learning every day, in both my personal and professional life. Also, rememeber to save your readings! They will be a great reference to you down the road.

Tell us a little bit about your journey since your graduation.

Since graduating, I have been trying to establish a new normal. I am enjoying the slower pace. I completed the program in three years while working full-time as the Executive Director at Casa de Amistad. I am trying to be more present and focused on my husband and two young children since they sacrificed so much for me while supporting me on my journey.

How has your SOLES education impacted your career and your career goals?

My SOLES education has transformed my leadership style and the culture of Case de Amistad. As I mentioned before, I have been able to directly apply all of my learning to my working in leading a nonprofit organization.

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