We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Hibard, MPA and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, what role has risk played in your life or career?
By nature, I am a calculated risk taker to my core.
Growing up, I loved sports. I played just about everything that was available — Little League baseball, AYSO soccer, volleyball, etc. It was exciting to be on a team, instantly make new friends, and work together to try to win.
I went on to play volleyball in college where the stakes were higher. Each time I stepped onto the court, I was taking a risk. I risked getting out there and having an off day, but, on the flip side, I could also have the best day of my career. Either way, I was taking a risk.
I didn’t realize it until later, but that same excited, risk-taking spirit permeated into all aspects of my life. I’d prepare as best I could, then I’d step out and give it my best. It wasn’t until my mid twenties that I realized most people are fear based and never even try.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I spend much of my time these days creating nonprofit resources. I guess you can say I accidentally ended up here.
In 2012, I founded Idle Tuesdays Recording Studio, a 501c3 nonprofit organization on a mission to influence culture through positive music. We’ve been helping up and coming singers, songwriters, and musicians create, produce and distribute their original music ever since.
For the first few years, I had my head down and was focused solely on our nonprofit, our studio, our programs, and our people. Total strangers would call the studio and ask a ton of nonprofit questions like “How do I start a nonprofit?” and “Can I stop in sometime to ask you some nonprofit questions?” It’s important to me to lend a hand, and share my personal experiences so others can benefit.
Well, the questions never stopped, and so in 2015, I published the first of my “Starting Your Nonprofit” books. It was a 200 page guide on how to start a 501c3 nonprofit organization. It was a hit, so much so that people all over California were contacting me, asking me for a California-specific book. Well, okay, I guess I could write a book just for California, especially since I started Idle Tuesdays Recording Studio in California.
So in 2017, I published “Starting Your Nonprofit: California” and seriously couldn’t believe how many people bought the book and started nonprofits. Laser focused nonprofit resources just didn’t exist, so as soon as I wrote my California book, everybody who wanted to start a nonprofit in California finally had the resources to help them do it.
In 2020, I published “Starting Your Nonprofit: Oregon.”
We still continue to run our music programs at Idle Tuesdays Recording Studio, but, on top our nonprofit, I’m able to write books and provide laser focused nonprofit resources to a much bigger world.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love people and think of total strangers and future friends.
If I had a friend coming to LA for a week, I’d phone a bunch of my LA friends and convince them to have me and my friend over for dinner, a BBQ, a backyard picnic, or meet up for a hike at someplace like Runyon Canyon. I’m a magnet for amazing people, and I want all of the amazing people I know to know each other.
As somebody born and raised in LA, I’ve seen my share of people come and go because they were never really able to find “their people.” LA is a big city and can feel even bigger if your only experiences are surface level. I self-nominated myself to the make-believe Los Angeles Welcome Committee years ago, and have been grafting newbies into my friend groups and family groups long ago.
Genuine, honest, vulnerable conversation is the key to real connection. Being able to share things like “My biggest hope in life is ________” or “The thing I’m most afraid of in life is ____________” is important. It gives others the opportunity to meet you in that place, which ultimately builds a true connection.
I’d choose tacos in the park with a friend over digital likes or comments any day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My great grandfather was a self taught engineer and worked with Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. My grandfather never attended high school. My Dad has a high school diploma.
I dedicate this to all of the men in my family who have always told me I’m just as pretty, smart, and capable as everybody else. I stand on your shoulders.
Chris Holt Photography Hibard Group