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#6: Anjali's journey: Positioning oneself to pivot towards new opportunities

Updated: Mar 4, 2021

In this episode, Molly is joined by Anjali Balakrishna to share her consulting journey. Specifically, we discuss:

  • Her unique consulting model which combines two long-term, indefinite part-time contract roles, and one part-time employee role.

  • How she positions herself for new roles by identifying what skills she has, what she likes to do, and what skills she is committed to learning. Then, she highlights the cross-cutting themes that set her apart.

  • She also works as a Director of Consulting Services for Black Fox Philanthropy, a boutique development consultancy, and shares tips on what she looks for when hiring expert consultants.

About Anjali:

Anjali is a strategist and designer that loves to explore big ideas, find solutions, and build teams and systems to execute on them. As a person and a professional, Anjali is on a mission to build a more sustainable and equitable world where humanity and nature can thrive together.

Anjali is currently splitting her time working as the Program Director of COVID Collaborative, a national assembly of the nation’s leading experts in public health, education and the economy working to support state and local leaders and vulnerable communities in tackling the COVID-19 crisis, and as the Director of Consulting Services for Black Fox Philanthropy, a fundraising consulting firm serving diverse NGO clients across the country and around the world. She is also proudly supporting her parents by managing their education business when it went virtual during COVID.

Prior to taking on these roles, Anjali spent 10 months in India serving as the Chief of Staff for Frontier Markets, a social enterprise focused on empowering rural communities and rural women through a facilitated e-commerce model. Her time in India was sponsored through the American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India, which places social sector professionals with organizations to support capacity building initiatives. Before India, Anjali served as the Vice President of Innovation at The Future Project, a New York-based education non-profit, where she oversaw the organization’s program design and development efforts. She is thrilled to be part of the Black Fox Philanthropy team, where she brings together her for-profit and non-profit experiences building a strong, impact-oriented business that can fortify NGOs around the world.

Anjali holds a BA in American Studies with Distinction from Yale University, where she studied the role civic institutions—such as schools—played in shaping the American cultural experience. She currently lives in Nashville, TN with her partner and boisterous husky shepherd mix, Sidney.


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