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Working EasierWorking Easier is a toolkit for staff and board members of nonprofit organizations. Complete with examples, charts, a case study and sample job descriptions, it offers proven for-profit business know-how in a straightforward, easy-to-read and easy-to-use format. It will give nonprofit and small business executives what they need to increase productivity, eliminate waste and build strong, scalable, efficient and adaptable organizations with aligned, satisfied employees.


Title Working Easier: A Toolkit for Staff and Board Members of Nonprofit Arts Organizations
Category Nonfiction
Author Debra Snider
Pub Year 2005
ISBN 0-9741107-2-8
Format Soft cover
Price $22.00
Pages 38
Publisher Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation

Positioning Statement:
Working Easier was written to:

  1. Provide arts management professionals with strategies and tactics to increase productivity, eliminate waste, and build a strong, scalable and adaptable foundation for future operations
  2. Offer arts management professionals relevant for-profit business know-how and tools relating to organizational design and job satisfaction
  3. Strengthen arts organizations and increase the career appeal of arts management by focusing each staff member on the functions that are the most value-added and that she/he most enjoys

Intended Market:
Arts management professionals, executive directors and senior staff members of other types of nonprofit organizations, and owners and senior officers of small businesses

Selling Points:

  1. Straightforward, easy-to-follow theory, strategies and tactics for working smarter and easier instead of harder
  2. Breaks down complex organizational design principles into simple, useful chunks, with examples to make them even easier to understand and follow
  3. Contains chapters on how to Focus on What Matters Most, Describe the Right Jobs and Put the Right People in Them, and Build Leadership
  4. Includes case study, sample job descriptions and other valuable tools
  5. Includes Working Easier Tips that will help everyone get organized and increase personal productivity
  6. Author is a sought after public speaker who leaves audiences enthusiastic, energized and inspired. Snider has the credibility, the contacts and the following that result from a highly successful 20-year career as a lawyer and business executive in a major US city. She is offering more than nice-sounding theory; she has already produced exceptional results using the strategies and tactics she advises readers to try.

Author's Biography:

Debra Snider is an author and speaker. She retired in 2001 from a distinguished 20-year career as a lawyer and business executive, a career that brought her both personal satisfaction and financial success. She has been a featured speaker in the United States and Europe on various topics including strategic productivity, change facilitation, leadership, client development, strategic vendor management, law department management, and success strategies for professional and business women. She has also consulted for nonprofit, corporate and law firm clients on projects in these topic areas.

From 1995-2000, Ms. Snider was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Heller Financial, Inc. in Chicago. In her combined functions, she had executive management responsibility for approximately 100 people and $100 million in annual expenditures. As General Counsel, she developed the vision, strategies and tactical blueprints for the law department and led its transformation from a cost center into a strategic corporate asset. As CAO, she oversaw the company's corporate services functions, including facilities, purchasing, office services, travel, records management, telecommunications, business resumption planning, security, and the Knowledge Center. In that capacity, she developed and implemented process improvement, vendor management, and other strategies and programs that aligned administration functions with business strategies and resulted in significant cost rationalization and savings.

From 1989-1995, Ms. Snider was a partner at Katten Muchin & Zavis (now Katten Muchin Rosenman) in Chicago, where she practiced primarily in the securities, securitization, and mergers & acquisitions areas. She currently serves on the Executive Council of Reading In Motion, a nonprofit organization committed to improving literacy in at-risk children, on the Advisory Board of The Corporate Legal Standard, Inc., and is a member of The Chicago Network. Admitted to practice law in Illinois, Ms. Snider is a 1979 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and a 1976 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan. She lives in Nevada with her husband; they have two grown children.

Ms. Snider's other written works include the novels Lost Wyoming (2016) and A Merger of Equals (2006), and a business book entitled The Productive Culture Blueprint (American Bar Association Career Resource Center, 2003).

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