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Beeta Jahedi

 Director of Strategy & Communications at The Tow Foundation

Best career advice you ever got?

My wonderful mentor once told me “Just be yourself. Even if people are scratching their heads after meeting you, at least you were genuine…and you will be memorable.” (I was a quasi-robot before this advice).

Favorite thing about your job?

Working with the next generation family members.

If you weren’t doing this, what job would you have?

Painting or creating other art in a remote area. That or running for office.

What’s something work-related that keeps you up at night?

How to better partner with our grantees to maximize their positive impact. And doing this as resource and help to them, rather than creating more work for them.

Most memorable Communications Network experience?

Waving on demand with 100 other peers for a videoing session at #ComNet18.

Your most overused word or phrase?

A delay is not a denial.

Best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?

Caught Podcast by WNYC.

Guilty pleasure?

Bubble bathing while listening to Frank Sinatra or reading. I know.

How do you define success?

Institutional success: achieving the desired outcome or goal. Individual success: stakeholders at all levels are satisfied with the result; there a positive contribution to or difference in their lives and/or work.

Most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?

Always go to the people who are directly affected. There can be a room full of brilliant people trying to solve problem X, but unless some seats at the table are saved for those individuals to share their truths and wisdom, the solution will never be the best solution.

What are you most interested in learning from your colleagues in The Network — and what could folks learn from you?

I love being inspired: anything from new comms campaigns to possible projects to partner together on. People can learn from me how to tear down the box, rather than work within it.

How has The Network been helpful to your work/your career? And why?

The Communications Network provides excellent conferences for public sector practitioners. The conferences are the perfect balance of hearing from the best of the best for inspiration, practical application, and ample time to connect with new and old peers alike. ComNetNY, which I am a proud steering committee member of, is a fantastic group of peers in the NY Metro Region, we can brainstorm together, share lessons learned and bounce ideas off one another.


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