Listen and You Will Learn
Many of these skills have been put into practice for the 40 boards she has served. The boards range from arts and culture to Meals on Wheels, Girls Inc., The Women's Fund and involvement with her alma mater, Purdue University, where she has donated more than $1 million to establish the Center for Families. Her many contributions have been rewarded with numerous recognitions that include honorary doctorates from Purdue and University of Indianapolis, as well as an honorary associate degree from Ivy Tech.
Lorene also has endured some tough times, and she writes about them in her book "Bootstraps, How Women Pull Themselves Up In Tough Times." She is truly a pioneer, and she showed me how someone with class, values and strength can survive and thrive in this turbulent world.
The point I am trying to make is simple: When you meet someone who is a high achiever and a well-known philanthropist, let her do the talking. Give yourself the opportunity to absorb the experience, and then walk away feeling honored to have shared this experience with someone who truly pays it forward.
F. Duke Haddad is currently associate director of development, director of campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he is also president of Duke Haddad and Associates, LLC in Fishers, Indiana.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the past 12 years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in education administration, master's degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also completed post graduate work at the University of Louisville.