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Gardian of the Month: Jannah Bierens

Our Gardian of the Month is Jannah Bierens Founder of PHREEEDOM Consulting and Facilitation. 

Learn: What's your favorite part about learning something new?

I love to apply my learnings to my work and life, and enjoy even more, recognizing the growth that occurs as a result. 

Network: Tell us about one of your favorite personal or professional networks. What makes it special?

I joined Public Health Awakened, a national network of public health professionals organizing for health, equity, and justice, back in 2017. It's been refreshing to connect with people across the country who have similar personal and professional passions. I find it energizing to network and learn from and with others! I've also gotten wonderful (and even life-changing) opportunities from being involved with this group. I'm grateful for it.  

Transfer: What resources/tools do you find most helpful in helping you retain knowledge?

Rhyming and word alliteration (sometimes with music) have proved helpful for me from elementary school all the way up through college and my career.  

Resource: Please share with us a resource and why you can’t live without it.

The book, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown has become a “bible” of sorts to me over the last five years. Not only has it been a source of validation, self-care, and useful facilitation tools, but the pages hold words of wisdom that have led me to other brilliant minds and resources. It is truly a gift that keeps giving! 

Just for Fun: What is your favorite Summer activity?

Prior to relocating to Michigan from North Carolina, I would have said food truck rodeos, but my NEW favorite is kayaking! 

Gardian of the Month: Jannah Bierens

Jannah Bierens is our Gardian of the Month! She shares her favorite part of learning something new, one of her favorite professional networks, her tip to help retain knowledge as well as her favorite summer activities!

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Gardian of the Month: Andrea Starmer

Our Gardian of the Month is Andrea Starmer! She shares how she might help a wallflower loosen up at a networking event, the way she prepared for the CMP, the resource she can't live without (you probably can't either) and just who's life she'd like to live for one day. 

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Gardian of the Month: Rachel Kuntzsch

Our Gardian of the Month is Rachel Kuntzsch! Check out her tip for balancing work and studying with family time, why the New York Times is her go-to resources and why she feels Spring truly represents her!

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By: Aaron Wolowiec | Apr, 1 2022

The Last Relationship-building Activity You’ll Ever Need

As more and more groups begin to meet again in-person, the need for some sort of relationship-building activity at the start of sessions, meetings, or conferences has become less a luxury and more a necessity. Here's the last relationship-building activity you'll ever need:

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Gardian of the Month: Shannon Lockwood

Our Gardian of the Month, Shannon Lockwood, shares her favorite part of learning something new, whether she's a natural networker or more of a wallflower and she shares the three adjectives she's use to describe herself. 

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Gardian of the Month: Todd Slater

Our Gardian of the Month is Todd Slater! Find out his go to networking tips and a subject he'd like to learn more about, he also shares a resource you may be missing out on!

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