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Gardian of the Month: Jenny Hill

Q & A with Jenny Hill, manager for social communications at Event Garde.

Q: Learn: Let’s say you’re studying for a big exam. Are you a crammer, or do you like to plan ahead?

A: I’m a plan ahead crammer.  I schedule time to study right before the exam – say, the last two days before the exam.  I find that I can apply myself to the task at hand more when I’m under a time crunch. 

Q: Network: Social media or face-to-face? Which form of networking is better and why?

A: I’m not a natural networker. As an introvert, I find it easier to network through social media – at first.  I enjoy building a relationship before actually meeting someone face-to-face. For me, this helps soothe my shy and nervous natural state. That being said, I do enjoy the experience when I finally get to meet someone in person.

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

A:  I am a hands-on learner – anything that I can learn through actually doing it will have a significantly higher retention rate.  I suppose, then, that the tool would be my hands.

Q: Please share with us you can’t live without.

A:  If I’m being totally honest, it would be Google. If I’m working in a program and need to find out how to do something, I’ve found that asking Google is a huge time saver. There’s a whole wide world out there and I’m not afraid to ask it when I need help.

Q: Would you rather swim in a pool, lake or ocean…and why? 

A: A pool 100 percent! I’m not a fan of the unknown, and do not appreciate something unexpected touching me – be it seaweed or otherwise!

Anti-Racism Resources

Our hope is that something we’ve shared this month has generated new ideas about ways to uphold the values of anti-racism, both in your personal and professional life. Being anti-racist is an ongoing commitment to do our own work and interrogate our complicity in (and perpetuation of) systemic racism. To that end we have curated a list of resources to assist in furthering that work.

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Renovating Your Strategic Plan Virtually - Part 1: Understanding the Basics

Most associations view strategic planning as a necessary evil and cringe when the three years are up and it’s time to do another plan. Over time Boards can become jaded and skeptical of the strategic planning process, “We waste time and money on developing a plan and it never goes anywhere”. If this sounds familiar, your association is starting with an ineffective plan and/or flawed process to implement. This 3-part series will help you renovate your strategic plan so volunteers can once again get excited about the process and see actual results.

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Event Garde Racial Equity Statement Update

As an exclusively white organization, Event Garde recognizes that we have only begun on a much longer journey toward structural and not merely symbolic change. Here are the commitments we made in our racial equity statement last year, some examples of actions we’ve taken since it was published and examples of ways we continue to hold ourselves accountable going forward. 

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Think Like a Kid… and Find the Fun in Getting Healthy

All the excuses of 2020 aside, most of us kick off any new year with a million goals about our health. The huge influx of people to the gym that seems to dwindle off by the end of February. So, how do we find a routine we can commit to? My advice – think like a kid.

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Racial Equity Statements: Eloquent Words, but Do You Mean It?

2020 brought a significant increase in organizations providing statements and reflections on diversity, equity, and inclusion. While they were appreciated, it also prompts a series of actions.

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Gardian of the Month: James Bell III

James Bell III, Founding Principal of Just Solutions LLC is our Gardian of the Month.

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