The world today is nothing that we have seen before. Companies are navigating the uncertainty and ambiguity with the future of work and the future of their company. In the pursuit of solutions to this new way of working and to help leaders move their organizations forward, the design thinking process can be an incredibly useful tool. Jodi Brandstetter and Amanda Hopper will present a free, interactive webinar on Tuesday, July 7th. This webinar will help participants:
In this webinar, hosted by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, groups will explore design thinking methods including questioning, brainstorming and prototyping. Jodi and Amanda will utilize breakout rooms to facilitate discussion and polling to help find solutions. Participants will apply the methods learned to real-world scenarios that organizations are facing right now. Finally, Jodi and Amanda will provide practical resources that participants can use in their personal and professional lives.
This webinar is for anyone looking for new ways to improve their personal and company processes. This can help people who are in career transition or simply desire new tools for making business decisions.
The two presenters, Jodi and Amanda, have diverse perspectives on the design thinking method. Jodi, the chief Talent Strategist for Lean Effective Talent Strategies provides over 17 years in talent acquisition. She has knowledge in both developing a strong recruitment strategy and building relationships with leadership to ensure the hiring process is compliant with laws and regulations. Amanda, founder and director of Stormcells Incorporated, is a librarian by trade but recently left the library sector to work full-time with Stormcells. Stormcells is a nonprofit organization with the mission of supporting nonprofits and small businesses through creative problem solving.
When asking Amanda and Jodi why they utilize design thinking, they said:
“Design Thinking gives us a way to find out of the box or creative solutions to today’s challenges. I love using this method to bring teams together to develop products, services and experiences that are human focused and provide a return on investment for their company” - Jodi Brandstetter.
“Human-Centered Design, and Design Thinking, are ways to put empathy into action. I love placing people at the center of the equation and finding creative ways to help them solve problems!” - Amanda Hopper.
This short webinar will be fun, engaging, and thought-provoking. It also fulfills SHRM and HRCI Credits! Please register through the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce website.
We hope to see you there.
“Children are our most valuable resource.” — Herbert Hoover
For a number of years, the Stormcells founding members assisted children from several Northern Kentucky elementary schools through the local Family Resource Centers. While supporting these children, our group discovered the additional needs of children ages three and four in the Head Start programs. The appeal and potential of these children made it simply impossible to resist reaching out to them, as well as the staff who serve them and their families.
Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting the development of the whole child. (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ohs) The staff and programs provide not only school readiness, but they also nurture the special needs of those children most vulnerable within our communities. Stormcells, a charitable organization founded to serve those who serve the needs of their community, have found it an honor to help supply these children with some of the basic necessities—as well as some delightful pleasures.
For years, our members have especially enjoyed giving gifts of picture books and stuffed animals to each child with various programs, including Head Start programs, of Boone, Kenton, Campbell, and Pendleton counties. Beginning in 2019, members expanded our tradition by taking books, stuffed animals, underwear, and socks into more rural counties of Easter Kentucky. They traveled to Breathitt, Lee, and Wolfe Counties. The genuine appreciation and heartfelt thankfulness of these centers were utterly overwhelming. The staff and children appreciated all the essential items, and the children were delighted to receive the books and stuffed animals. Perhaps more appreciated than these tangible items, however, was the gift of caring.
As schools reopen, Stormcells members will provide help to at least three more county head starts by the year’s end. At times, it appears these children are “the least of these” and the last served within our communities. Yet, they inherently hold such great promise for the future of their communities. Stormcells members believe every child is the single most previous treasure a community is given. Therefore, our goal is to plan, seek opportunities, and support every single Head Start program in all 120 counties of our state. Having reached over ten counties, there are only 110 to go!!
--Drs. Roy & Dorothy Miller, Stormcells Founding Members
(This post is written by Ignite Institute student--Mollie Hopper.)
Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks of a song in a specific way. When I hear a song, I immediately try to look for what it makes me feel. Does it remind me of a certain topic? Is there a mood that matches it?
Finding your meaning behind a song can make it so much more enjoyable. There is always an intended message behind a song, but it can be perceived in many different ways. The key to really enjoying a song is how you perceive this message. Look behind the lyrics and the music notes and into the soul of a song. Victor Hugo grasped the same idea when he said, "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
Everyone wishes they knew how to express their feelings in a way other than talking, right? Music is perfect for helping people express what is going on in their lives. Whether someone is putting together a new song or just listening to one, there will always be a message that connects with personal experiences or hardships. My challenge to everyone who reads this blog post is to find one song each week that connects with how you are feeling. This can help to make sense of emotions that we often have trouble understanding.
Music also shows that people are not alone in their problems. According to the article, How Music Bonds Us Together, There is something about music that seems to bring us closer to each other and help us come together as a community. We realize that there must be other people that feel the same way I feel, or why would the music connect to me so deeply.
It seems that there are many purposes for music (mental stimulation, emotional release, and social connection) other than just sounding nice.
Mollie Hopper, Guest Blogger
High School Sophomore, Ignite Institute
“How do we start a conversation about something that no one wants to talk about?” This was a question asked by one of our very first Women’s Think Tank supported charities.
In 2019, Stormcells approached Family Nurturing Center, a nonprofit with the mission of ending the cycle of child abuse, and asked how the Women’s Think Tank could support the important work they do. The answer quickly given by Paul Miller (Director of Donor Relations) was “that’s easy, how do we get people talking about a topic that no one wants to talk or think about.” This began our three-month journey with Family Nurturing Center and this difficult task.
To accomplish their mission, Family Nurturing Center offers wonderful resources to support children, adults, and families. Parenting programs are provided to guide caregivers through the different stages of their child’s life. These programs help strengthen the relationship between parent and child and help the parent address the needs of the child. If a child or adult has unfortunately experienced trauma in their life, Family Nurturing Center also has services to help them cope with those events and move forward to more healthy habits and relationships. According to familynurturing.org, “96% of the children completing individual counseling demonstrated improved coping skills.”
Family Nurturing Center also offers community programs to spread awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse. One in ten children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. This statistic is the very reason it is important for all adults to understand the problem and know about the services our community offers. One of our Women’s Think Tank members commented: “I had no idea that Family Nurturing Center was right in our backyard and offering such amazing services. I would have donated, helped….something!”
So, what happened to solve the question? The Women’s Think Tank provided a myriad of solutions to the Family Nurturing Center--most centering around marketing and promotion. Hashtags were created, contacts were made, and ideas were shared. But even bigger, Family Nurturing Center engaged twelve ladies in a broader understanding of the problem and their services to combat it. The ladies attended fundraising galas, became a voice in the community, helped with social media, and volunteered for projects.
The American writer, Margaret Wheatley, said, "Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters." So in the end, we talked about child sexual abuse. We spread the word in our community. We had the tough conversations and researched the horrible statistics. We were uncomfortable, but we created a discussion where there was once silence. Please consider breaking the silence, in support of a child in your community. You can follow Family Nurturing Center on facebook , twitter, and instagram. You can donate to through their website at www.familynurture.org or speak with someone about their programs and services by calling (859) 525-3200.