YNPN Cleveland Member, Marsita Ferguson became interested in the work of nonprofit organizations about 2 years ago, and she’s already involved with several organizations in her free time and has even started her own. Marsita is on the Executive Board of the NAACP’s Lake County Chapter and is a member of The Cleveland Young Professional Minority Women's Group and the Girls Scouts of America in addition to YNPN Cleveland.
What intrigued Marsita about YNPN Cleveland is that it serves to help young professionals expand their networks and grow professionally, and it also offers a platform for people to help each other to get out and get motivated to make a difference in and around Cleveland. She knew after attending just one event that being a part of YNPN would be valuable as she navigates her involvement in the nonprofit sector in Cleveland.
One of Marsita’s main passions, working for justice, is the focus of her current job with Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts for the 8th District Court of Appeals where she spends her days filing legal documents and issuing all court mandates. To her, the best part of her job is “the face-to-face interaction with people. It is amazing to help people in any capacity, especially when you are dealing with sensitive subjects such as a person's life and liberties.”
Another consistent focus for Marsita is helping people learn new skills that will help them build their careers and improve their lives. Marsita obtained both her Bachelor’s in Legal Studies and her MBA from Lake Erie College. She credits her mentors there with helping her succeed and find opportunities that suit her skills, interests, and values, and she has consistently sought to provide that kind of support for others.
In her role on the Executive Board of the NAACP of Lorain County, Marsita has helped others develop a variety of skills related to grant-writing, resume writing, leading, team building, and networking. As the founder and president of Shades of Success, she aims to bring out the best in those they serve. One of the organization’s newer programs, “Girls of the Round Table” seeks to teach girls in grades 9-12 about entrepreneurship, leadership, and on-air broadcasting, all while fostering self-confidence and motivation to succeed.
Amid all her leading and mentoring with the organizations she’s involved with; her greatest joy so far is in being a mom. She says, “It's an experience watching little people grow into real adults right in front of you. They come with their own expectations, dreams, faults, loves. inspirations, needs and wants” and that being a mom is her “greatest accomplishment to date.”