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Gardian of the Month: Lindsay Gross

Q & A with Lindsay Gross, Certified Top Facilitator for Event Garde

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

A: I love the idea that there is always something new and exciting to add to our knowledge base and create a depth to our work/lives. I am a person who likes to gain new perspectives and understand how and why people think or act the way they do. Learning new things helps me to deepen my understanding about what lies beneath the surface.

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

A: I am definitely a natural networker who enjoys my homebody time as well. I enjoy meeting new people and feel I am able to create connections easily with others. On the flip side, I definitely like my time at home with a book and/or favorite show to unwind.

Transfer: Q: Let’s say you just attended a certification course. What would be your first step in applying what you learned?

A: I always try to identify three takeaways from each course I attend. When we participate in courses, a great deal of information is typically thrown our way. I find in order to create connection to the material, I need to identify three top take-home messages and identify ways I can integrate those items to my daily work.

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

A: I have tons! For work-related resources, I tap into the ToP Network and the North Star Facilitators blog. Personally, I love the work of Isabel Foxen Duke and her blogs on body positivity and the meaning we place on food in our lives. I listen to the Nerdist podcast frequently and my recent obsession is anything Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Q: If you could have had the starring role in one film already made, which movie would you pick?

A: I love space movies! “Apollo 13,” “Interstellar,” “The Martian” and “Armageddon” are some of my favs. Although, if I had to pick one, I’d go with the classic, “Space Camp,” which was my favorite as a kid.

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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