NLN29: Starting a Nonprofit and Staying Motivated with Pamela Brewer

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn this podcast, we are talking with , Executive Director of MyNDTALK, and a psychotherapist in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington, D.C. We discuss her experiences with starting a nonprofit from scratch, lessons learned, and keys to being successful in this endeavor.

Dr. Brewer earned her MSW in Clinical Social Work from New York University, New York, New York, where she graduated with the honor of being the first African American and first Social Work Student in the history of the University to be selected to deliver the Student Address at the University-wide graduation ceremonies.  She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Volunteer work has included service to the Montgomery County Victims Services Advisory Committee: Legislative Subcommittee and Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries Board of Directors. Workshop presentations have included Healthy Relationships, Relationship Red Flags, Personal Red Flags and Silence.

MyNDTALK is a daily relationship and mental health program approaching mental health/relationships in a broad way. A MyNDTALK program might be about dealing with your in-laws, how to think about a trauma, ways to think about money, and much, much more. The program is not meant to be a substitute for psychotherapy or any other medical/mental health practitioner, but about giving you ways to think about/for yourself.  Learn more on her website at

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Sometimes You Need to Adjust Your Terminology to Reach More People
  • Balancing Different Priorities
  • What to Do If / When You Start to Lose Hope
  • When Setting Up a Nonprofit, Don’t Do It On Your Own
  • Listening – Key to Nonprofit Success

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