An Unexpected Detour, Happy 1st Anniversary

What if ALL of our life’s experiences had prepared us perfectly for our next season of work?   That question propelled me a year ago as I launched Winsightz on August 15, 2015.  Deep in my soul, I just knew that it was time for a new chapter in my life after over 15 years as the founding team member at Upic Solutions.  The cause I had devoted my entire career to was struggling to maintain relevancy in the midst of losing almost 40 percent of their donor base over the previous eight years.  And I felt like now was the time to pursue my dream of building a team which would bring a diverse set of life experiences in service to a select group of clients. The launch of Winsightz was the culmination of months of preparation.  I had built a business plan with multiple income streams.  Our new website was ready and I had begun nurturing potential clients with a series of touchpoints.  I had recently secured relationships with business partners addressing a specific need within the United Way fundraising model.  Finally, I co-located in one of Cincinnati’s best business incubators and began absorbing as much information as I could about growing a new business.  Classic business startup 101. The next several months were a blur of activity.  We launched WinBack, a software as a service beta program, designed to help six United Ways identify and overcome their donor retention challenges.  Via LinkedIn, I joined forces with two of my former coworkers to craft SPOT-On, an inspiring update of the old CAN-DO model from the 1990’s.  And...