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Gardian of the Month: Krista Rowe

The Gardian of the Month is Krista Rowe, Health Equity Consultant for Center for Health Equity Practice

Q: Learn: How do you learn best? In a coffee shop with lots of noise or in a quiet, library-like setting?

A: It depends on the content. If it requires being focused, is new to me or is particularly challenging, I prefer quiet.There's nothing quite like my favorite corner of my favorite library with a good cup of coffee. But having noise and people around helps if I’m being creative or designing content.

Q: Network: Some people are wallflowers while others are natural networkers.  Which are you (or are you in the middle)?

A: I get a lot of energy from most social/networking settings. Although, the older I get the more I appreciate moments of solitude.

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

A: Writing things down. Whether it’s taking notes during meetings, doodling while others are speaking (particularly about dense content) or remembering my to-do list, writing things down is key for me.

Q: Please share with us a tool/resource/book/blog/article/website etc., and why you just can’t live without it.

A: Good medicine by Pema Chödrön is an audio recording of a workshop on Tonglen meditation. Tonglen is described as “sending and taking,” an ancient Buddhist practice to awaken compassion. With each in-breath, we take in others’ pain. With each out-breath, we send them relief. It is definitely the book/resource I return to most often.

Q: Just for Fun: What is your all time favorite movie? Why?

A: This is a tough one! I’m not sure I could even claim an all-time favorite by genre.  I watch a lot of movies. That said, I watch Sound of Music every year.

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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Applying Our Understanding of Personal & Social Identities Within Associations

During the pandemic, I was introduced by my colleague to the University of Michigan Inclusive Campus Collaborative which seeks to foster a campus climate in which all community members feel respected, valued, and empowered to engage in the life of the university. Among the resources developed and shared by the Collaborative are two identity wheels, which I’ve found useful in helping association staff, volunteer leaders, and/or members better understand themselves, one another, and how they can improve their interpersonal relationships.

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Are Too Many Meetings Wreaking Havoc on Your Employees’ Mental Health?

Are you have too many meetings and it's causing you (and your team) mental health issues? Find out here.

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A Practical Guide to Stakeholder Mapping & Why It’s Important

There are two primary groups of people involved in your organization’s strategy work: participants and stakeholders. Depending upon their lived experiences, tenure in your industry, engagement with your organization, and a host of other factors, the opinions, insights, and recommendations of your members are going to vary greatly. Want to test it out? Ask a group of 10 members how to solve just about anything and you’re likely to get several dozen suggestions. And that’s because how people see the world, including the blocks and barriers impeding our organizations from achieving their preferred visions, varies.

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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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Navigating Difficult Conversations Using Nonviolent Communication

During a recent strategic planning session, participants were working in small groups when Aaron overheard a participant make a comment that didn't sit well with their colleague.  Aaron and his co-facilitator brainstormed a course of action and turned to nonviolent communication.  This is how it went.

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