Hello world! What does it mean to do “some-thing” just not the “CEO-thing?”
It has been a privilege to work in the non-profit/ Non-Governmental Organization sector for my entire career. It was sixteen years ago I arrived at Union Terminal via cab for a job interview. That seems like yesterday as well as so long ago. I was amazed and so proud to be named president of Cincinnati Museum Center, wonderful museums housed in one of America’s greatest buildings. I have now walked around this building for sixteen years and it is still magic.
Since those very first days I have dreamed of the full restoration of the amazing Union Terminal. The pursuit of this goal has been relentless, frustrating, filled with hopeful moments and enormous frustrations. This time is the pinnacle, the dream is being realized and it is an exciting moment for our community.
I wish Cincinnati Museum Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Edge of Appalachia and all the wonderful people associated with these organizations much success and very special blessings in the coming years. They are among the very best people I have ever known and there were many days it was from their faces and faith in me that I amassed the energy to move forward yet one more step forward yet one more step.
It was a journey, we traveled together. Our challenges were overcome and our successes were achieved because together, as staff, trustees, community leaders and elected officials we persevered to do what many thought was impossible. I will forever be grateful, they blessed me richly.
When I announced my retirement, I said, “I want to do some-thing, just not the CEO-thing.” With starting NGOgro, LLC with some very talented people, we hope we can help other organizations make the same transformational change which happened at Cincinnati Museum Center. We will share our failures, our successes and our fanatical belief that institutions can make transformational change and create transformational change to impact our world.
This is a new journey for us, please contact us if you would like us to meet with you about your journey.
– Douglass W. McDonald