Join us for an intimate conversation with Ashleigh Washington ’09, Senior Director of Learning and Staff Development at Safe Horizon, on how her talent for innovation and strategic leadership has driven her experiences in social work and nonprofit management.
Career Talk with Ashleigh Washington Wednesday, December 4, 12:30 – 1:30 PM CSSW Room C05 Live-stream available; registration required.
Ashleigh Washington is currently the Senior Director of Learning and Staff Development at Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victims services agency. She leads training and professional development for the agency’s 900+ employees.
Her talent for innovation and strategic leadership has driven her experiences in the field of social work over the last 13 years. Ashleigh has also worked in the fields of substance abuse, public education, healthcare, and supportive housing, providing both direct practice and management in the non-profit sector.
Ashleigh holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and a master’s in social work from Columbia University. She is currently a Ph.D. student in social welfare at the City University of New York.
She is also the founder of HumanizEd Learning, an online professional and career development company for social service professionals. Visit ashleighwashington.com to sign up for a free online course.
Last Wednesday, we had the pleasure of learning about careers in development from Angelie Singla ’06, who spoke about her own journey in the field and how she leveraged her social work background to secure funding for her organizations. Many social work skills and attributes were discussed, including the ability to:
Understand the needs, goals, and mission of an organization;
Build and cultivate relationships with both donors and internal stakeholders across the organization; and
Persuasively communicate and advocate for a cause and inspire others to invest in the issues, whether through grant proposals or other fundraising campaigns.
Thank you, Angelie, for sharing your story, insights, and tips on this career path!
Angelie Singla is currently the Director, Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations at South Nassau Communities Hospital. Previously she was the Vice President of Philanthropy at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. Prior to that, as the Assistant Director of Program and Resource Development at the Fund for Public Health in NY she submitted several successful government, foundation and corporate grant applications ranging from $40K to $15.5M. Prior to graduate school, she was a Site Director at the Queens Community House, where she facilitated programs for students and parents.
In addition to her professional experience, Angelie has taught continuing education courses, graduate social work courses and has given presentations at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare and the Network for Social Work Management Annual Conference. She is the Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee of the NYC Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has been a Selection Committee member for the NYCT Nonprofit Excellence Awards, has been a volunteer mentor for the Network for Social Work Management, and a volunteer Career Coach for Women in Development. She has served on the Board of Directors of Community Mediation Services and as a Team Leader for the Grants Advisory Committee of the New York Women’s Foundation.
Last Wednesday, April 17, we had the pleasure of welcoming back Ari Borinsky ’17, Psychotherapist at Insight Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, Jennifer Stefanik ’18, DBT Therapist at the Koch Center, and Tonia Spence ’02, Senior Director of Early Childhood Services at the Jewish Board, to share their unique experiences, insights, and advice on obtaining clinical licensure as social workers.
The panel discussion, which was moderated by Mental Health Caucus Leader Ashley Leeds ’20, highlighted the importance of proactively inquiring about clinical hours and supervision during the job search process, confiding in peers for additional supervision, consultation, and support, and taking advantage of panels and workshops led by professionals in the field to further develop relevant knowledge and skills.
Also addressed was the process of managing expectations, including having a realistic understanding of what early career clinicians should know or be able to do in their first jobs or in specific organizations, as well as the uncertainty and anxiety that comes from starting anew as clinical social workers.
The Office of Career Services and Leadership Management and Mental Health Caucus would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our panelists and attendees for creating an informative event for all!
We’d like to thank Alumna Megumi Uchino ’18, Gender Specialist at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), for leading an insightful career talk on social workers’ role in international social welfare and strategies to land opportunities in the field. Through the talk, attendees learned how to effectively assess and articulate their skills and value to prospective employers and how to leverage resources, opportunities, and networks at CSSW and the wider Columbia community to advance towards an international career.
While at CSSW, Megumi concentrated on Social Enterprise Administration within the World of Work. She was also a Honjo Scholarship recipient, an award offered by the Honjo Foundation to students who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing U.S.-Japan relations. See her full bio here.
The event will be live-streamed; please register to receive the link.
Megumi currently serves as a Gender Specialist at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Guyana. She has led various women’s financial empowerment projects, especially in the field of access to finance and sustainable livelihood. She possesses more than 8 years of experience in professional settings, empowering displaced, rural, and immigrant women through programs and policies, and has worked with for-profit, non-profit, international and government organizations in East Asia, Southeast Asia, North America, and South America. As an alumna of CSSW class of 2018, she concentrated in Social Enterprise Administration within the field of World of Work.
NOTE: Megumi will be speaking on her experience as an alumna of CSSW and not as a representative of UNDP or her previous employers; i.e., the views expressed will be her own and not of the organizations.