Creating a Non-profit for Military Communities – EP 15


Have you considered starting a non-profit for your military community?  Today’s guest shares her passion and experience starting her own non-profit and tips to grow your program.


Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director, founded the Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center in 2011. An Army spouse, she, her husband and two sons moved 18 times in 20 years. As an educator, she taught in private and public schools and for the Department of Defense Schools in Europe and the Caribbean. She was an operations and training administrator at Kirtland AFB, and an instructor and innovations specialist at VA medical centers in Massachusetts and New Mexico. In 2019, she retired from federal service after twenty years. 


As a freelancer, she has produced multiple books to include Shout: Sharing Our Truth: Writings of LGBT veterans and family members of the US Military Services, which received the American Association for State and Local History’s Albert B. Cory Award, and most recently On Freedom’s Frontier: Life on the Fulda Gap. She wrote monthly columns for several New Mexico newspapers and produces and curates content for ten blogs. Her current interest is creating an on-line comic.


Dr. Woessner serves on the City of Albuquerque & Bernalillo County Library Advisory Board and on the Pearl Harbor Officers’ Spouses Club Board. 



Things we discussed in this episode:

  • How to identify career skills from your volunteer work
  • The importance of sharing your volunteer work on your resume
  • How to address resume gaps
  • Why you need a network
  • How to build a network
  • Circe shares how she started a non-profit for the military community
  • How to stay relevant for your audience
  • Collaborations to promote your non-profit
  • Ideas for marketing your non-profit


Meet Laura:

Laura Briggs is empowering the freelance generation. Through her public speaking, coaching, and writing, she helps freelancers build the business of their dreams without sacrificing all their time, family, or sanity. Laura burned out as an inner-city middle school teacher before becoming an accidental freelancer with a Google search for “how to become a freelance writer.” Since then, she’s become a contributor to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and Writer’s Weekly. She worked for more than 300 clients around the world including Microsoft, Truecar, and the Mobile Marketing Association. She’s delivered two TEDx talks on the power of the freelance economy for enabling freedom and flexibility and how it’s being used to address the technical skills gap in the U.S. Laura is the host of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, a sought-after public speaker on the gig and digital freelance economy, and a freelance coach focused on aspiring six-figure freelancers. Laura’s books, courses, and coaching have reached over 11,000 people.

As a military spouse, Laura is passionate about serving her community and founded Operation Freelance, a nonprofit organization that teaches veterans and military spouses how to become freelancers and start their own business.


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