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Dec 25, 2023

This week Ivy Slater, host of Her Success Story, chats with her guest, Amanda Sherlip. The two return to this season’s nonprofit series, and talk about Hands Across the Sea, literacy as a means to whole-person health, and her impactful perspective on the transformation in a child when given the gift of a book.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How her love of humankind transitioned her from the arts to the philanthropic sector

  • What brought her to Hands Across the Sea

  • How the blending of business, impact, and social organization led her into a full-time leap into direct service

  • The mission of Hands Across the Sea, and her connection to children’s education and literacy

  • Amanda’s impactful perspective on the transformation in a child when given the gift of a book

  • Gratitude for the donors

  • Tips and advice for those who are considering entering the nonprofit space 

Amanda has more than 16 years of experience in nonprofit leadership with a broad background in education and the arts, economic development, community building, systems change, regenerative economics, environmental action, anti-racism and discrimination, financial literacy, and social services. Prior to her transition into organizational leadership, Amanda spent over a decade working with children and local communities as a music educator and performer. Her background as a violinist took her around the globe working on youth education,international diplomacy, and outreach throughout Central and Latin America, South America, Asia, the South Pacific, and North America where she partnered with and was hosted by dozens of Rotarians worldwide.The granddaughter of war refugees, Amanda maintains a global vision for humanitarianism.

Amanda received her master’s degree from Columbia University in Fundraising Management (née Nonprofit Management) where she focused on cross-sector collaboration, nonprofit leadership, and 21st Century business development. She holds a BA in Music from Stony Brook University and spent time abroad at The Chinese University of Hong Kong studying international relations, public health and policy. Amanda brings to Hands a passion for creating lasting change in the world by providing access to education and critical resources, building vital partnerships, and delivering evidence-based and community-centered programs. A social entrepreneur, Amanda was granted a patent in 2021 for her sustainable knitwear technique innovation. She is the co-founder of the start-up, Personal Habitat, a zero-waste, ethical athletic apparel company created to address pedestrian fatalities through the marriage of safety, comfort, and style.