Nigel Zelcer of Jabian Consulting
The culture of Jabian Consulting truly sets it apart. Jabian is a community-, career-, and client-focused organization. They value inclusion, teamwork, intellectual curiosity, and mutual support. While some companies are driven by metrics, they chose to be principle-driven and metrics-aware. Our conversation with Nigel Zelcer, Partner & Co-Founder, focused on this remarkable culture and its impact on all Jabian stakeholders, especially the community. We discussed issues such as:
- Unlike most management consultants, those at Jabian are home every night!
- The continual focus on "Making People Famous"
- 60% of Jabian employees are in leadership positions with local nonprofits and literally 100% are involved
- How the Jabian corporate culture "spills" into their clients and other stakeholders
- Think Work/Life Integration vs. Work/Life Balance
- Jabian Cares - an internal non-profit delivered $630K of pro bono services, matched $27K of[...]
Michael Barrett & The Southeast Association of Facilitators
Speaking of things that successful nonprofits need... How about facilitation? Michael Barrett is Founder of Resonance LLC and President of the Southeast Association of Facilitators. SEAF is the premier source in the region for assisting facilitators in developing their skills and promoting facilitation as an essential organizational function. Now that's a resource of value to the nonprofit world. Michael provided some fascinating insight into topics like:
- What is "Facilitation" and how can it provide value to nonprofits?
- Why time - and not wasting it - is so vital for your volunteers
- A better way to increase and enhance the engagement of your board members
- Metrics for performance monitoring and improvement
- Passion - the necessary, but not sufficient ingredient
- The Impact Chain and why it's important
Betsy Armentrout & Georgia Voting Works
It started with a few simple ideas...
- Every vote counts and every voter deserves to be counted
- Employers can play a pivotal role in engaging their employees in Georgia's elections
- Peer-company sharing of ideas and best practices is powerful
- Employees want to engage and are open to options
- How the messy June primary provided inspiration
- Recruiting people and corporations to actively particiapte
- The ideas - and the work to implement them - all came from the participants (...including a[...]
Chris Hooper & Conscious Capitalism
The Purpose of Conscious Capitalism Atlanta is to Elevate Humanity Through Business, in Atlanta. Practitioners of Conscious Capitalism believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. Free enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had. But we can aspire to even more. Chris Hooper is co-founder of the Atlanta Chapter and its current Chair. Chris is not only passionate about his work, but also extremely knowledgeable. Among other things, we discussed:
- How a self-describe "marketing guy" get fascinated by companies that succeed without doing[...]
Karen Hunter of Whetstone Strategies
Most of us have a strong feeling that we should be doing something to serve our community, but don't really know how to get started. Karen Hunter, Principal at Whetstone Strategies, has invested a lot of effort into figuring out how to do that effectively. Her process led her to service on three nonprofit boards at present, all of which are an excellent match for what she has to offer. These include Synergies Work, the Southeast Association of Facilitators and Georgia Voting Works. We talked about that process and how it works.
- Board service is an excellent vehicle for meeting like-minded people
- How to identify & define your Big 3 - Your Personal Brand, Your Passion, Your Skills & Abilities
- "Positive and humble service to others"
- A nonprofit board is a working[...]
Sharon Mason of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce
The Cobb Chamber of Commerce is one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Georgia and among the top 1 1/2% of chambers in the nation. Sharon Mason, their President and CEO is a big part of their 5 Star rating and reflects the "When businesses thrive, communities flourish" philosophy. Listen in a hear about:
- The role of the Cobb Chamber in the communiuty
- The "Select Cobb" program which has played a key role in attracting 34,000 jobs and $3.1 Billion in investment in the county
- How the chamber effectively administered $50 Billion in CARES Act aid
- The impact of the Economic Recovery Task Force
- The extensive Community Service involvement of Chamber employees
Thank you Sharon Mason, for your[...]
Karen Beavor of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits
The mission of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits is to build thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed. Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building tools, GCN provides nonprofits, board members and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia. Listen in on a discussion with Karen Beavor, GCN's President and CEO. We talked about:
- Management, Leadership & Governance of nonprofits
- Questions an Executive Director should be asking
- The role of the nonprofit board
- The "Big 3" for nonprofit success: Strategy, Leadership and $$$
- Think revenue, not just fundraising!
- What's next for the nonprofit world
Thank you, Karen Beavor, for your service to our community!
liveSAFE Resources & Tracey Atwater
liveSAFE Resources provides safety and healing to those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse by offering services, creating awareness and fostering support within the community. Tracey Atwater, their Executive Director, provides outstanding leadership to this organization that addresses some tough, pervasive issues. Among other things, we discussed:
- How depressingly pervasive these ugly issues really are
- The journey from victim to thriving survivor
- 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men are victims of physical and/or emotional violence
- 80% of these victims are below the poverty line
- How to be aware of when a relative, friend or colleague might be a victim
- The many programs provided by liveSAFE
Thank you, Tracey Atwater for[...]
Kim Cooper & Children Helping Children
Children Helping Children educates and empowers youth philanthropists in Atlanta. Listen in on this inspiring story about developing a lifelong habit of community service! Kim Cooper, Senior Board President for Children Helping Children talked about a whole host of services provided by this dedicated organization including:
- How it's the kids - not the parents - making decisions about who to serve and how
- The soon-to-be-mobile Compassion Curriculum
- What's your light? How will you share it?
- The Light & Love Loft at the King Plow Arts Center
- The CHC "Junior Board" and how it provides valuable life-lessons
- How to become a Village Volunteer
Thank you, Kim Cooper, for your service to our community!
Jillian Youngblood & Common Ground Solutions
There are over 150 substantive, national political issues about which there is more than 50% agreement??? Some with agreement in the 80-90% range??? Is it possible that the media - especially social media, and the lobbyists, and the pundits over-exaggerate our differences because “anger sells” and it helps them make more money? What if there were a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that helps people become and remain active citizens who work together across party lines? What if this organization helped us get beyond the simple-minded, binary yes/no, on/off, red/blue debate over issues? And used hard, empirical data to prove that we’re not anywhere near as divided as it seems? And facilitated the crafting of recommendations for action that have broad, bi-partisan support? Such an organization exists! It’s called Common Ground Solutions and is led by their Executive Director, Jillian Youngblood. Their goals[...]
Barry Coates of SCORE
Barry Coates is District Director for SCORE Georgia. Nationally, SCORE consists of a team of over 10,000 volunteer business mentors who are all ready to help your small business survive—and thrive—through any crisis. Barry had a successful career with a large corporation, executed a year stint as an entrepreneur himself, and has been an active SCORE volunteer for 7 more years. His perspective on SCORE as well as the challenges of entrepreneurship is broad and deep. We discussed things like:
- How the SCORE mentoring process works
- It's mentoring, not consulting!
- The amazingly broad range of skills, knowledge and insight available from SCORE
- Barry's personal business journey and how it relates to SCORE
- A really cool success story!
- Other tools and resources available
- Getting started
Stuart Winborne of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Stuart Winborne is Georgia Area Director at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP is where grassroots meets science to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. It's an uncomfortable topic, but one we need to address. Stuart has the sort of positive, upbeat attitude it takes to stand up to and address such a tragic and sadly not infrequent issue. It's folks like her that bring hope and comfort to those affected by suicide. Among other things, we discussed:
- The over 43,000 Americans who take their own lives annually
- The impact of COVID-19
- Suicide Warning Signs & what to watch out for:
- The work of AFSP: Education, Public Policy, Funding Research, Support for Survivors
- Trust your gut and say something!!! Don't wait for someone else to intervene.
- Project 2025
- Sign up for and[...]
Seth Hopkins & The Booth Western Art Museum
North America is home to some of the world’s most impressive art museums showcasing some of the most comprehensive collections and most famous works of art. And which is the best according to USA Today? None other than the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA. Our discussion with Seth Hopkins, the museum's Executive Director was both fascinating and wide-ranging. Listen in to hear more about:
- Yes, Cartersville!
- The focus on student and adult education
- The focus on living artists (which adds a decidedly non-traditional spin to Western Art)
- Andy Warhol in a Western Art Museum???
- 80% of the collection is Western, but don't miss out on the Civil War and Presidential galleries!
- Sagebrush Ranch - Don't tell the kids it's more about the learning than the fun!
- The extensive "Virtual Booth Museum"
Holly Quinlan & Cobb County – “Atlanta’s Sweet Spot”
Holly Quinlan, as President and CEO of Cobb County Travel & Tourism is laser-beam focused on how to bring people to Cobb and connect them with all the assets within the community. Listen in to learn just how great a job she and her team are doing! Our conversation covered all sorts of exciting topics including:
- Holly and her team's role as catalysts and connectors
- The critical role of Community Improvement Districts
- How success with the Cobb Sports Alliance led to more success with Cobb Arts Vibe
- Pandemic? How about Hello, Again? (See video below...)
- Place-making (Very cool concept!)
- Cobb is "Camera Ready" for the film industry!
Thank you, Holly Quinlan,[...]
Kim Gresh of S. A. White
Kim Gresh has been a pioneer and leader in the petroleum industry as President of S. A. White since 1999. In addition to all that, she has served on a looooooong list of nonprofit boards and has been repeatedly recognized by various groups for her community service. Lots and lots to learn from someone with that sort of broad perspective. We talked about things like:
- A lifelong, deep immersion in one's own community
- Before you ask for money, you need to being giving money yourself!
- Balancing time invested in business and community
- Kim's fascinating view of why The Arts are so vital ("All the lights came on in my brain!")
- The "Community Service Ecosystem"
- Corporate Social Responsibility
Randy Yeomans – Your Retirement Coach
Financial Planning and Community Service. Without the latter, the former is simply not complete. This notion become SO crystal clear during my conversation with Randy Yeomans, CEO of Yeoman’s Consulting Group. We talked about all the "normal" topics associated with retirement planning, but the really fascinating part revolved around very pragmatic tax strategies that can actually increase both the impact and amount of Community Service each of can really deliver. Among other things, we discussed:
- The "Venn Diagram" of retirement planning
- How Yeomans supports the Community Service of all of its employees
- MUST Ministries (Randy's passion)
- Money, Time & Voice
- "Bunch Giving" - If you hear nothing else, HEAR THIS!!!
- Guiding $100 Million of client portfolios into worthy causes
Ellen McCarty of McCarty & Co.
Looking for some insight into your role as a nonprofit Executive Director or Board Member? You've come to the right place! Ellen McCarty, President & Owner of McCarty & Company joined us to share lessons from her long experience as the leader of five different Community Service organizations. Among other things, we discussed:
- Morphing from the corporate world to the nonprofit world
- Key differences of the board member role in a large vs. small nonprofit
- Board Recruitment hints and tips (Great stuff here!!!)
- The 3 Ts - Time, Treasure, Talent
- The growing significance of Corporate Social Responsibility
- Know your strategic plan!
- Celebrate Successes
Thank you, Ellen McCarty, for your service to our community!
Susan Norris of Rescuing Hope
It's uncomfortable. It makes your skin crawl. Most of us want to "look away" from the very real problem of sex trafficking. In Metro Atlanta alone, there are 7,200 sex trafficking transactions each and every month. You probably don't want to, but you MUST focus your attention. There are many - very simple - things each of us can do to combat this scourge. Kudos to Susan Norris, Founder & Executive Director of Rescuing Hope, an organization with the mission to ENLIGHTEN the public about sex trafficking in America, EDUCATE potential victims and first responders and EMPOWER advocates and survivors. We touched on a host of topics including:
- The average age of a sex trafficking victim is 12-14 years
- Buy the book! Rescuing Hope: A Story of Sex Trafficking in America
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana
Cerebral palsy strikes everywhere. The work of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana reflects the dedication of community servants across the nation in fighting this disease. Their PANDACADEMY Awards program is a glowing example of the creativity applied in what they do. We had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Foddrill, Executive Director at UCP Greater Indiana... and Lee White, Vice President of Commercial Sales for Bosma Enterprises and also a board member for UCP. They both shared fascinating insights, like:
- Lifelong dedication shown by Lee's 30 years on the board and Mike's 15+ years
- The perception of "can't do" and why it's just wrong
- Cerebral palsy affects muscle control, so Mike gets a black belt? Seriously?
- Key challenges they face and what they're doing about it
Shari Martin & The Cobb Community Foundation
The Cobb Community Foundation has been connecting donors who care with causes that matter for twenty seven years. The Foundation manages charitable funds for local individuals, families, for-profit and non-profit organizations who are all connected by their passion for making a difference in our community. CEO Shari Martin exudes enthusiasm for that mission with every sentence and is dedicated to making all the participants in this organization's work more impactful. Our wide-rnaging conversation addressed topics like:
- What exactly is a community foundation?
- How CCF functions as a "community catalyst
- How and why CCF is different
- The unique power of Cobb Community Connection (You owe it to yourself to check this out!)
- Food Fleet - A shining example of coordinating all manner of resources to address COVID-related issues
- And - believe it or not with all CCF has on its plate - Shari's[...]
Randy Thompson – “Cheerful Giver”
From "getting run out of town" to becoming a "Cheerful Giver," Randy Thompson's story of business success and philanthropy feels almost like a TV drama. It also provides a shining example of just how inextricably connected our business lives and community service really are. Listen in as Randy discusses:
- How "getting run out of town" was the best thing that ever happened to him
- There's nothing difficult or complicated about combining business and philanthropy
- His transformation from "Obligatory Giver" to "Cheerful Giver"
- Why "Give your first dollar" is important
Thank you, Randy Thompson, for your service to our community!
Dikembe Mutombo – Global Community Servant
Dikembe Mutombo hails from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 1987, Mutombo was the recipient of a USAID scholarship to attend Georgetown University, and he soon excelled both academically and in basketball. His 18 seasons as an NBA superstar culminated in Mutombo’s induction into the League’s coveted Hall of Fame and the responsibility of promoting the game as the first NBA Global Ambassador. Thanks to his heart, his vision, his insight and his tireless dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of others, Mutombo has leveraged his celebrity as an NBA superstar to become a well-known and much loved spokesman for the underserved especially those living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and throughout Africa. Our conversation with Dikembe was genuinely inspirational ...and humbling. Listen in to hear about:
- How the aspiring physician chose a different path, but[...]
Craig Lesser – Community Service and Economic Development
Craig Lesser, is Chairman of The Pendleton Group and one with a deep knowledge of the role of Community Service in Economic Development. We talked about the critical inter-relationships among the various groups that comprise a community and how they can - and must - work together.
- Community Service is the first step toward overall Economic Devleopment
- Who must set the basic priorities?
- "Silos" are the enemy!
- The danger of being too internally focused
- The 4 Legged Stool: Government, Business, Education, Culture
Thank you, Craig Lesser, for your service to our community!
Sam Olens, Former GA Attorney General
As one with years of both community service and public service, Sam Olens brings a unique perspective to the Willful Impact discussion. While his passion centers on issues relating to children, Sam's career has led to involvement in a wide range of causes. Among other things, we talked about:
- The importance of involvement with Community Service starting in childhood
- The "Bike Story" - Combining value from place of worship and fire-fighters to get bikes to kids
- The trend of businesses encouraging employees to donate their time
- How Community Service time can also be Family Time
- Why focusing on local issues is the most effective form of Community Service
Thank you, Sam Olens, for your service to our community!
Charlie Yates & A Lifetime of Service
Charlie Yates is a long-time fixture as an Atlanta Community Servant. From his stint as Chair of the YMCA (following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps), to the 1996 Olympics to the Atlanta Opera. He's an individual with some serious perspective to share. He had some intriguing thoughts about:
- The importance of establishing roots in your community
- Why business-people need to get way beyond "mercenary" goals for community service
- A fascinating backstory about real estate development for the '96 Atlanta Olympics
- The need for a long term perspective
- Some great advice for young people
Thank you, Charlie Yates, for your service to our community!
David Bottoms and the WellStar Foundation
David Bottoms is Principal at The Bottoms Group and Chair of the WellStar Foundation Board. For twenty years, WellStar Foundation has acted as a supporting organization to the WellStar Health System, Northwest Georgia’s largest not-for-profit healthcare provider. “Not-for-profit” means that instead of distributing revenues to individual shareholders, we reinvest revenues into new WellStar programs and enhanced services for the benefit of our community. David has been and continues to be deeply involved in several community service organizations, and provides a great example of a business leader who also carves out a significant amount of time to help make his community a better place. We addressed a wide range of topics including:
- Disparities in availability of health care services across the state
- The unique challenges presented by the COVID pandemic
- Dealing with the large amount of "unreimbursed care" delivered by the WellStar[...]
Ashish Thakur & Atlanta CEO Council
The Atlanta CEO Council is a relationship-driven nonprofit that connects CEOs to capital, customers, talent, and each other. Community Service is one of the initiatives driven by this dynamic organization. Listen it as Ashish Thakur, its Executive Director & Board Member talks about the impact these business leaders are having. Issues we discussed included:
- The high Return On Investment of "mentoring relationships"
- The value of job creation to the community
- digitalundivided - a social startup that merges data and heart to develop innovative programs and initiatives that catalyzes economic growth in Black and Latinx communities
- How a "C-Level" executive can catalyze Community Service
- Thoughts on measuring impact
Jeremy Cole & UNICEF
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. And they never give up! Jeremy Cole, Managing Director of the Southeast Regional Office of UNICEF joined us to share his insights about this remarkable organization and its work. Among other things, we discussed:
- How his background led him to his life's work
- UNICEF vaccinates 45% of world's children, and that's just scratching the surface
- 6% of U.S. giving goes to international causes
- An example of what the Global Innovations Team does - from plastic trash - to bricks - to schools!
Thank you, Jeremy Cole, for your service to our community!
Marilynn Martinez & PRISM of Georgia
The mission of PRISM of Georgia is to change the way the community sees people with developmental disabilities and recognizing that every life has a purpose. Marilynn Martinez, the Executive Director, is nothing less than outstanding at leading the effort to achieve that goal. As she puts it, it's all about PRISM: Purpose - Relationships - Independence - Service - Mentorship Our wide-ranging conversation covered topics including:
- The importance of celebrating success
- How families can support a loved one with a disability
- The challenge of funding
- The challenge of recruiting staff - It's everything!
- Collaborating with business to fill jobs
Thank you, Marilynn Martinez, for your service to our community!
Jim Rhoden – “Pay your civic rent!”
At age 80, Jim Rhoden continues to go into his office every day and continues to fulfill his father's life-lesson of "Pay your civic rent." I found his perspective on delivering community service to be one that is both simple and profound. Key components of his approach include:
- Pay your civic rent!
- Business and community service are inextricably intertwined
- "Give everybody that asks you for something, something!"
- Small, steady, quiet, relentless community service over a long span of years has a huge impact
Thank you, Jim Rhoden, for your service to our community!
Bill Bolling & Food Well Alliance
There is a lot of uncertainty in the world today -- we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, let alone next week or next month. At Food Well Alliance, two truths have kept them grounded and guided by their strategy during the COVID-19 crisis. First, there is no safer, healthier food than locally grown food. Increased access will not only help our communities survive the pandemic, but thrive in its aftermath. Second, the demand for this nutritious, immune-boosting food is greater than ever before. Bill Bolling just couldn't sit still after founding and leading the Atlanta Community Food Bank for 36 years. His is an inspiring story of Community Service sustained - literally - for a lifetime. Among other things, we discussed:
- Sharing a meal as a means to community building
- Community Service - like any business - requires[...]
Dave Ward & The Tommy Nobis Center
The mission at Tommy Nobis Center is to empower individuals with disabilities through employment. Not only do the individuals the Center helps to employ gain experience and independence, they also feel a sense of community around them. Tommy Nobis Center has helped over 25,000 people in the last 40 years. Dave Ward is President & CEO of The Tommy Nobis Center, and is fulfilling his lifelong commitment to Community Service. Dave shared many insights with us, including:
- The legacy of "Mr. Falcon," Tommy Nobis
- Partnerships and service across 24 states
- The Big 3: Education - Training - Employment
- A few stirring individual examples
- New initiative for the future
Lisa Mello & The Wellstar Foundation
The Wellstar Foundation acts as a supporting organization to WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia. Through philanthropy, we reinvest 100 percent of the donations received toward achieving its vision of delivering world-class care to everyone, everywhere, every minute of every day. Lisa Mello, the Foundation's Director of Strategic Giving, joined us to share some of the critical work they are accomplishing:
- Enabling the building of a chapel and adding a full-time chaplain to the staff of one of their hospitals
- The unique challenges presented the pandemic
- The sheer magnitude of managing the demands and getting the right resources to the right place at the right time
- The truly gratifying outpouring of support for the hospital system
- How to lend your hand to the Wellstar Foundation
Rich Cavagnaro & “B2B Community Service”
Rich Cavagnaro, founded AdEdge Water Technologies with an eye toward community service as an integral part of his business strategy. AdEdge, and Rich as its CEO, have maintained that commitment and as a result, have made a whole series of community contributions with lasting global impact. AdEdge specializes in the design, development, fabrication and supply of water treatment solutions, specialty medias, legacy and innovative technologies that remove a wide range of contaminants from water. This discussion focused on the portion of the company's mission to work regionally and globally to steward their collective skills, talents, and resources to serve communities, businesses, and non-profit organizations. This includes the startup of Helping Hands for Water, a 501(c)(3) started by a group of AdEdge employees, and working with the nonprofit organization His Heart Missions to deliver a water treatment system to the community of San[...]
Aarti Sagahl, Founder of Synergies Work
Aarti Sagahl is the Founder of Synergies Work, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities earn a livelihood. As she states it, "The organization is all about helping disabled people earn money. It's not charity!" It's a fascinating philosophy and it works. Learning about Aarti's journey - from mom with a son who has Downs Syndrome; to mom determined to provide him with the same opportunities as any other child; to non-profit entrepreneur selling the amazing artistic products created by those with disabilities; to enabler of entrepreneurs - is both poignant and compelling inspiring. A few of the topics we discussed:
- "Raise the bar of expectations"
- Several stories of the folks Aarti started on the road to entrepreneurship
- The breakthrough moment
- On becoming a Business Incubator
Bob Bonstein & the Georgia Symphony Orchestra
Next season will be the 70th for the truly extraordinary Georgia Symphony Orchestra. This diverse Arts organization serves the families and communities of Greater North Georgia and Metro Atlanta providing audience members with a memorable experience at each and every one of its more than 20 annual concerts. We tracked down Mr. Bob Bonstein, Chair of the GSO's Board of Directors and were delightedly surprised to learn just how much this long-lived institution accomplishes every year. We talk about things such as:
- The performances of classical masterpieces (of course...)
- GYSO - the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra - the largest of its kind in the Southeast and among the top 10 in the coutry
- The annual "Sensory Friendly" concert specifically designed for autistic children. (...tough to not get choked up a bit about this amazing performance
- The surprising[...]
Rhys Wilson & The Atlanta Opera
The Atlanta Opera’s mission is to build the major international opera company Atlanta deserves, with a vision to reimagine opera. Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera celebrates its 40th anniversary in the 2019-20 season. The Opera works with world-renowned singers, conductors, directors, and designers who seek to enhance the art form. Under the leadership of internationally recognized stage director and Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun, The Atlanta Opera expanded from three to four mainstage productions at Cobb Energy Centre and launched the acclaimed Discoveries series. In recent years, the company was recognized by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as part of its “Best of 2015” awards; it was nominated for an International Opera Award in 2016; and it won ArtsATL’s 2019 Luminary Award for Community Engagement, recognizing its successful Veterans Program in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation. We were[...]
Alli Neal, Founder of Revved Up Kids
Revved Up Kids equips children against predators! Our personal safety and self-defense training programs help children recognize unsafe people, avoid dangerous situations and escape attackers. Tens of thousands of children and teens have benefited from Revved Up Kids training. It would very difficult to find someone more passionate about what she does. It was a distinct pleasure to speak with Alli Neal, the Co-Founder of Revved Up Kids. We discussed a wide range of topics including:
- It's all starts with awareness
- How to start the conversation, and keep it going...
- Talk to your kids about personal safety as often as you talk to them about brushing their teeth!
- The Family Safety Community
- And the most important bit... The cost of prevention is negligible, the cost of rehabilitation is in excess of $200,000!
Chris Brand of FODAC
The mission of Friends Of Disabled Adults & Children - FODAC - is to provide durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs and hospital beds at little or no cost to individuals with disabilities and their families. We seek to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages who have any type of illness or physical disability. Since 1986, FODAC has collected and distributed more than 50,000 wheelchairs!FODAC provides over $9 million each year in equipment and services to the community at little or no cost to the recipients. FODAC is a 501(c)(3) and does not have direct funding from Medicare/Medicaid for the services offered. Most equipment for people with disabilities is issued for a suggested donation but some services have mandatory fees. Chris Brand, FODAC's President & CEO joined[...]
Giles Barton & Revved Up Kids
What if it were possible to train a child to not only recognize a potential predator, but also to apply some physical, self-defense techniques if that awful situation presents itself? Sound like something of interest to you as a parent? Well, it is possible, and Revved Up Kids has a proven that it can consistently deliver that training.
As a parent, what value does that have? How much would you be willing to pay for it?We were fortunate enough to catch up with Giles Barton this week, to talk about Revved Up Kids and his role on their board. Giles is a dedicated, contributing board member, who also has a day job as CEO of Expeditor Systems. He has lots of interesting thoughts to share in addition to that very[...]
Gregory Harris of The High Museum
Gregory Harris of The High Museum talks photography.
Introducing Willful Impact
Welcome to Episode 0 of the Willful Impact podcast. I’m your host Todd Youngblood, the one who’s fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be the visible, public voice for a show with a purpose that I believe is genuinely inspiring.
Simply stated, our goal is to generate a dramatically higher level of voluntary community service.I trust you will agree that I’m not using the words “genuinely inspiring” lightly. Our world is already over-loaded with hype, and exaggerated claims. None of us wants or needs or maybe can even stand for any more of that. Our plan is to tell stories. Stories about individuals and organizations who generously set out to make the world a better place. Many times the story is short - as straightforward as providing financial support. Obviously, cash donations are critical. Without them, virtually all community[...]