Meet a Connector: Maria in NYC

by April Greene on July 1, 2014

"I’ve always been told I’m a connector," says Maria Yuan, a New York City investment banking professional and founder of the social enterprise IssueVoter.

What kind of Connector is she?

"I’ve always gotten along well with different types of people. In high school, for example, there tend to be different cliques, but I didn't belong to any of them. I had a lot of friends, but a lot of my friends weren't friends with each other—they all came from different places.

I find I have the same attitude today: I feel like I could talk with anyone for an hour. But even though I’m a friendly person, I’m not the type who would approach a stranger—I’m not going to chat someone up when I'm in line at Starbucks."

What's she bringing to her Team?

"I've led large groups of volunteers before, and I have a large social and professional network. Plus I’m very open about my connections—if someone tells me they’re working on something, I don’t hide my resources if I have something to share."

Why is she excited about the Idealist Network?

"I've been using Idealist since about 2004, and have always enjoyed how easy it is to connect one-on-one with other people and organizations using the site. But what's interesting for me about the Network is that it's a way to get a lot of people connected in a short time, and in person. And they could all be from different neighborhoods and sectors!

If it wasn’t for Idealist, I know I wouldn’t have come across a lot of the great, different people I now know. It’s so cool to get folks together from all these diverse areas but with a common goal: to help others."
Live in NYC? Connect with Maria and join the Team!

Connectors, what do you bring to your Team? Share with us in the comments below.

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