Leadership is about everyone having a voice.
Lillian Samuel, Master of Nonprofit Administration ‘11
USF, Girl Scouts, Beyond!
At USF, I learned you can’t be successful by yourself. Leadership is really about everyone having a voice.
After successfully working in the private sector in marketing, communications, and planning, Lillian Samuel, Master of Nonprofit Administration ‘11, used her University of San Francisco graduate degree to delve into the nonprofit sector.
She weighed her options between an MBA and Nonprofit Administration program, and, for Lillian, the answer was clear.
“I was interested in growing my career; I really liked nonprofit and didn’t want to go back [to working in the private sector], so, I chose to do an MNA because there was a great program at USF.” Since graduating in 2011, Lillian says her career has “grown exponentially.”
She worked her way up to Senior Director of Development at University of California, San Francisco, and was recently appointed Chief Development Officer at Girl Scouts of Northern California. As a Girl Scout herself in a troop led by her mother, Lillian has a strong place in her past and present for Girl Scouts. Things have come full circle and Lillian is now the camp leader for her own daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Behind the scenes, she leads a talented team of executives devoted to keeping the whole show running.
Up until 2006, Lillian had spent her entire career in the private sector. “10 years ago I made a leap from the for-profit sector to the nonprofit sector and I had great success with it for the first three or four years.”
In order to advance her career, Lillian enrolled in USF’s MNA program.
I wanted to grow my leadership skills in particular, and a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration helped me tremendously.
Post graduation, Lillian accepted an offer at UCSF as Director of Development, Department of Medicine. She was quickly promoted to Senior Director of Development and attributes her upward mobility to the skills she learned at USF. "I learned collaboration, confidence, management skills, how to motivate my team, and use everyone’s strengths to reach a team goal."
Today, Lillian is a Chief Development Officer building a major donor program and leading a team of top-notch executives for Girl Scouts of Northern California. With Lillian’s help, Girls Scouts of Northern California can achieve their financial goal to rebuild Girl Scout camps and empower girls everywhere especially underrepresented populations.
For Lillian, career success is not only a result of her individual effort but also that of a collective group. “At USF, I learned you can’t be successful by yourself. Leadership is really about everyone having a voice and capitalizing on everyone’s strengths to achieve the best result.”
By Tilda Gross