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Leadership in the midst of COVID-19

Though most states around the country are beginning to reopen, we are in a time as a country and as a world where we are still far from “normal”. Now, more than ever, we need solid leadership.

Rich Harwood, President and Founder of the Harwood Institute

One of the effects of this pandemic, has been the renewed awareness of the pre-existing disparities that have been present in our country for awhile now. Disparities in things such as drug treatment, healthcare, education and more, have become clearer than ever right now. While some nonprofits are having a difficult time adequately addressing these problems, organizations and individuals are finding new ways to support those in need of help. Networks are coming together to make sure that those suffering from these disparities are not left to battle their challenges alone.

Rob’s guest today is Rich Harwood, the President and Founder of the Harwood Institute. Rich is an author, speaker, and innovator, working through his institute to bring together people on the front lines to bring lasting change in the community. The Harwood Institute focuses on bringing groups together to tackle shared challenges through collaboration instead of competition. This is the perfect time for those in positions of leadership to find out what really matters to one’s community, stop the competition, and build stronger ecosystems in the community in order to create systemic change.

Links to Resources:
Achieving Recovery Together
The Greater Clark Foundation
The Harwood Institute Facebook

Find out how you can mobilize and inspire your community: https://theharwoodinstitute.org/

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A Look Inside Our Foster Care System

The world is ablaze with COVID-19, and that seems to be all that we see on the news. It’s easy to forget about the other areas of need in the world, such as the foster care system in the United States.

Rita Soronen, CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

There are over 400,000 children in the foster care system at any time in the United States, with 125,000 of those children permanently separated from their family of origin. This is actually a 23% increase from 2012. On top of all of that, over 20,000 teenagers age out of the foster care system every year. It is so important to make sure these children leave the system with a strong family and support system. There are so many challenges and gaps in the system that need to be addressed to make sure these children have a shot at a successful future. Rob’s guest today is Rita Soronen, the CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Rita is here to talk about the urgent needs of foster youth and to dispel some of the myths that surround the foster care system and those involved.

No child chooses the house, family, or situation that they are born into. Some are lucky, coming into families that have resources and love to take care of them. For so many others, a dysfunctional household filled with violence or drugs is all that they know. Problems like these are the reasons that the foster care system is seeing such a dramatic increase in numbers every year. It’s important that the public understands that though these children are where they are through no fault of their own, they still need the attention, security, and resources that every other child needs!

Links to Resources:

See how you can make a difference!: https://www.davethomasfoundation.org/

Rita’s Twitter: @rsoronen

Rita’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/soronen

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How to be fearless about making change according to Jean Case

All of us have people who inspire us. We need people in our lives who inspire us. My guest today will not only inspire you, but has written a book about people who will inspire us all. My guest today is Jean Case. Jean is the Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation. She is a philanthropist, investor and an internet/impact investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovate and bring about transformational breakthroughs. 

She has just written a new book entitled: Be Fearless. Jean set out to investigate the core qualities of great change makers, past and present, from inventors to revolutionaries, she found five surprising traits all had in common. Enjoy today’s show.

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Finding Hope in the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis

What a year last week has been, right? The world has undergone a change that most people have never seen in their lifetime!

In times like these, it can be difficult to see anything positive. That’s why Rob has dedicated this episode to talking with nonprofit leaders from around the country about what they are doing to keep moving forward in their local communities and how they are staying hopeful in such dark times. Mark Kennedy Shriver, Beth Kanter, David Rivel, Kate Rubalcava, and Carly Fiorina join Rob today with a plethora of diverse nonprofit leadership experience between them. Mark is the Senior Vice President of US Programs and Advocacy for Save the Children. Beth is an internationally-acclaimed master trainer, blogger, speaker, and best-selling author. David is the CEO of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York City’s largest social service organization. Kate is the CEO of the Utah Nonprofits Association and serves on the board of the National Council of Nonprofits. Carly is a former presidential candidate and former CEO of Hewlett Packard, eventually starting her own nonprofit, the Unlocking Potential Foundation.

Across the country, these nonprofit leaders are seeing uncertainty in the communities that they are working to support. There’s a lot of fear and anxiety right now, and it’s going to take a lot of creativity to respond to these problems to make sure that no one gets left in the wake of the ongoing spread of COVID-19. More than ever, this is a time to band together and help those who don’t have the resources to support themselves. Whatever crisis you are facing during this time of uncertainty, hopefully, you can take something from this incredible group of leaders and use it to guide you through these unprecedented times.

Links to Resources:

Check out one of the links below to see how you can make a difference today!
Utah Nonprofits Association

Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

National Council of Nonprofits

Unlocking Potential

Save The Children

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How the National Dance Institute Is Changing Kids’ Lives

Not enough can be said about the impact that arts education can have on developing motor skills, the ability to be creative, visual spacial skills, and building confidence.

Ellen Weinstein and Traci Lester, National Dance Institute (photo credit Eduardo Patino, NYC)

Rob’s guests today have chosen to invest in the next generation through the art of dance. Ellen Weinstein and Traci Lester both work at the National Dance Institute in New York City with a simple goal: change kid’s lives with the power of dance. Ellen began teaching and choreographing for the National Dance Institute (NDI) in 1985, and after 10 years was named Artistic Director of the in-school program, which serves nearly 6,000 kids throughout NYC. Traci joined the National Dance Institute in 2016 as the Executive Director, previously serving at LSA, a neighborhood-based non-profit which delivers a holistic model of human services in NYC. Through dance, poetry, literature, and other arts, teachers are able to engage emotion, and when emotion is engaged, true learning can take place. 

The National Dance Institute, or NDI, was founded in 1976 by Jacques d’Amboise with the hope that every child can have an education in the arts. He believed that the skills that children learned from the program could help them conduct the choreography of their own lives, rather than train professional dancers. As of right now, the NDI is in 44 schools throughout NYC, 13 associate programs across the country, as well as 2 international programs in Shanghai and Beirut. Through these incredible programs, over 2 million children from around the world have been impacted by the NDI.

If you would like a program at your school or to volunteer, please reach out: info@nationaldance.org

Learn more about NDI here: https://nationaldance.org/

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