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Review for YTH, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

ISIS was founded by Deb Levine, a pioneer in... pretty much every area of health education on the Web. Hard to believe that one person can launch Go Ask Alice and the for-profit ThriveOnline, then hit it out of the park with INSPOT, sexinfo and the Sex::Tech Conference. The organization grew, innovated, and delivered while I served on the board. I stepped aside when they outgrew me. Quality product and lean efficiency showed the way to use the Web to other non- profit organizations, corporations, and the public sector. Scalability? Check. Personalization? Check. Usability? Check. ISIS delivered on everything. I've worked with CEOs of Fortune 500 corps, high powered public officials, Olympic athletes. I'm not easily impressed. But call me a fan. I am as proud of my association with ISIS, their courage, and their delivery, as I am of anything I have participated in during my career.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

health promotion, sex education, and innovation. I've been at their amazing conference every year and would not miss it, nor would all the serious players in the field, as well as the up-and-comers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them market the message better--they remain ahead of the curve in a ridiculously fast paced market. People need to know that they were the pioneers in every area they work in.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being part of a leading edge organization that is always anticipating the next thing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

young and energetic. There's no blueprint for what they do because they are constantly innovating.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world. Make healthy sex and frank discussion of sexuality a comfortable topic. Dramatically improve people's lives, lower STDs and teen pregnancy. Probably increase the overall education level in the process.

Ways to make it better...

we had a board that could meet more frequently and the organization had more financial stability for long term planning.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

growing staff to the optimal level to get the message out, finding quality staff in a field so new there is no academic preparation, dealing with organizations that try to do the same work but don't deliver, measuring results in a new environment.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it's the right time to jump ahead with the ISIS message of honest dialogue using proven and cutting edge technology tools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Board Member & Served on the board from inception to adolescence.