Member Profile: Warren Hawkins

Warren, you were recently re-elected to your second term as a PCON Board Member – a testament to your commitment to the club.  What, if anything, will you change about your approach now that you have a year of experience under your belt?

It’s a real honor to serve an organization that has meant so much to me. Looking back on my 2021 term as Secretary, I feel like I should have prioritized outcomes less and relationships more. It’s great to take action and get things done, but relationships are the foundation and catalyst for maximizing involvement in a volunteer organization. Throughout 2022, I hope to build relationships, especially with newer members, that foster a sense of belonging within the club.

You have a history of serving multiple nonprofits and working for late-stage, venture financed start ups.  You currently work for Wonolo – a decidedly purpose driven organization providing on-demand staffing for companies in need.  How have you been so effective incorporating service into your career?

From a young age, my parents and community taught me to recognize and value service to others. Countless individuals and organizations have made me who I am today, and I feel compelled to pay it forward, especially to those less fortunate. I apply this lens to all areas of life, especially work, and Wonolo’s mission to democratize access to and flexibility within frontline work really resonated with me. At the end of the day, I truly believe life is measured in what you give to, not get from, the world.

How did you first learn about The Phoenix Club and what is most meaningful to you about your connection to this community?

I was introduced to the Phoenix Club by a buddy named Teddy Hendricks, who soon after moved out of state. In a way, this is what I really appreciate about Phoenix Club – an introduction can be transformative. For me, that introduction meant developing some of my best friends, learning to lead from exceptional peers, and realizing I can make a real difference in my community.

What one word would you use to describe yourself?

Persistent

What is something you believed when you were 18 that you wish you still believed now?

Pluto is a planet. Jokes aside, I wish I still valued friendships in the unique way only an 18 year old can. As we get older, it’s easy to fall into the trap of prioritizing work and self-advancement over friendships. Creating and retaining friendships in your 30s can be really challenging, but I’ve found it to be one of the most fulfilling and impactful aspects of my life.