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Beyond the Bio: Hez Norton and the Big Questions

by Molly O'Connell

We’re excited to be hosting Hez Norton, Director of Partnerships and Leadership Hez_NortonInitiatives at Third Sector New England in Boston, Mass, to speak at our April Executive Leadership Forum (early bird rates until 2/26!). Hez also kicked off our Mission Driven Leadershift guest blog series with this post about the recent Leadership New England Study and what it shows about whether nonprofits are ready for what’s next.

To help you get to know Hez beyond the bio, we asked the following questions.

What’s something we might not know about you even after we spend a day with you?

I played a Division I sport on an athletic scholarship to college.

Coffee or tea?

Tea (so much so that I always carry loose leaf tea with me).

Who inspires you?

The brave and brilliant LGBTQ teenagers who I worked with in NC 20 years ago.

What was your first nonprofit job?

North Carolina Public Allies, working for the NC Commission on National & Community Service

What book is on your nightstand/coffee table? 

No Book but the World, by Leah Hager Cohen

What’s an article/blog/book you recommend?

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What makes you laugh?

My father (practical jokes, costumes and much more…)

What’s your favorite vacation destination?

Wellfleet, MA

What’s the last movie you went to? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

Spotlight. Thumbs up.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

When the Ohio State Buckeyes football team loses.

What do you like about working on executive transitions?

I like working with people during transitions because it is a time where they are asking big  questions, thinking differently and often challenging assumptions. Transitions are an “awake” moment or time period for people and organizations and I find it a very meaningful time to be engaged.


To learn from Hez’s expertise on sustainability planning and executive transition, join us on April 7th for our Executive Leadership Forum: Is Your Organization Ready for What’s Next? Early bird rates are available until 2/26!

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