Name: Andrea Moseley
Company: AWE Corporate Interiors
Job Title: President/CEO
Boards you serve on: I currently serve on The Board of Visitors, The ARCS Foundation and Phoenix Rotary 100; formerly, Cancer Support Community Arizona.
Q: How long have you served on these boards?
A: I’ve been a member of the BOV since 2002, working on a variety of committees that include Grants, Long Range Planning, Fashion Show and BOV Ball.
I’m a recently added member of ARCS and have a lot to learn and look forward to working with this great organization.
I’ve been a member of Phoenix Rotary 100 since 2010, chairing Membership Experience – New/Individual, Greeters, Gala and Grape Arizona Wine Event committees. I’ve been on the board twice and aspire to be president of the club one day.
I was on the board of the Cancer Support Community Arizona for two consecutive terms (three years per term) until I cycled off. During that time, I was chairman of the board, chairman of the annual porch party, and helped with many more committees. During my tenure, the CSCAZ board saw many new members, and broadened its outreach through the Valley cancer-care and service delivery communities, as well as local awareness of this awesome organization.
Q: What drew you to these organizations?
A: Serving the community is just part of my makeup. As corny as it sounds, I truly believe you have to give to receive. The best way I know of to do that giving is to give of my time and, certainly, financially to help those around us — because we need to make sure our friends and neighbors are taken care of, right? It’s important to note that a monetary donation is great, but not much matches the feeling of being part of a successful event or organization, or delivering the help firsthand, at least for me.
Q: What would you say is one of the biggest challenges of serving on a nonprofit board?
A: Raising money for the nonprofit is one of the biggest challenges of a board. There are so many worthy causes that need support.
Q: How did you overcome that challenge?
A: Leadership by creating greater awareness of the nonprofit, its goals and its constituencies. It is sharing with the community the needs of the nonprofit and the various mechanisms for individuals to help meet those needs and goals.
Q: What has been your favorite part of this experience and why?
A: Each organization has a unique set of individuals that work with and serve each organization. I love getting to know these individuals.
Q: What do you wish you had known before joining the board?
A: More friends with money and who to reach out to about the organizations.
Q: What would you say to another business professional considering joining a nonprofit board?
A: Doing good for others is something I cannot only recommend to anyone; it cannot be mandated, but should come from the heart. However, once you start helping or serving, I believe it completes you as an individual, making your life more well-rounded. I’ve created lifelong friendships thanks to the many boards on which I’ve served — friends I may not have ever met if it weren’t for the board and organization. That my own network has grown as a result of my participation is but a small part of the benefits; the real satisfaction comes, for me, from the service.
Andrea Moseley is president and CEO of AWE Corporate Interiors.