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Gardian of the Month: Tracy King

Our Gardian of the month is Tracy King, Founder + Chief Learning Strategist of InspirEd.

Learn: What is one subject you'd like to learn more about? 

I’m interested in the intricacies of belonging. In a learning context, a sense of belonging is key to true engagement. How can we facilitate that? How can we design learning in a manner that is not only inclusive but fosters belonging? One aspect of that I’m learning more about is trauma informed design since facilitating safety is a core component to belonging.

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

For me, face to face is most effective for networking and social media is great for keeping touch in between. Face to face interaction is so much more dimensional and we have a better chance of connecting as humans in addition to connecting around ideas and shared interests.

Transfer: Tell us about an experience in which you learned something new and then applied it to your personal or professional life.

This past winter I participated in a transformational coaching intensive that was profoundly impactful. I of course loved that this certification program is designed to be transformational learning – lots of space for reflection, practice, mentorship and feedback which is required for mastery. Within the cocoon of this experience, I was affirmed in my current practice and had the opportunity to hone new skills to take my coaching and mentoring to the next level. I also LOVED the like-minded people I had the privilege to meet who are applying this beautiful modality in their corner of the world! 

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

Books, blogs and tools seem to arrive when I need them to solve a challenge. But my go-to resource for stoking capacity, creativity, resilience, inspiration, and accessing the next best right step is meditation. I’m able to bring that sense of calm and resourcefulness into my work – and people notice! Meditation doesn’t have to be fancy or hours long, just consistent. I honestly don’t know what I would do without it!

Just for Fun: Which season best represents you and why? 

I’ve always loved fall. Growing up it meant fresh school supplies, reconnecting with friends, and the colorful spectacle of Midwest autumn. I identify with the fresh perspective fall brings. The autumn equinox is all about re-establishing balance. It’s time to reflect on our harvest – acknowledging accomplishments. It’s time to sit in gratitude around all we appreciate when it’s tempting to focus so much of our energy on what we don’t yet have. It’s a time to declutter our lives, releasing what no longer serves our goals. And it embodies the courage to step into the approaching dark of winter to dream our next dream. It’s an incredibly important part of the transformational cycle that helps us become all we are meant to be.

Gardian of the Month: Tracy King

Tracy King is our Gardian of the Month! Learn about a subject she'd like to learn more about, her preference for networking styles, and read about a recent experience that she considered profoundly impactful. 

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Gardian of the Month: John Bacon

John Bacon is our Gardian of the Month! Find out his strategy for helping someone learn a difficult topic, he share his favorite network and why it's special, how he thinks mentorship aids in knowledge transfer, the book he can't live without, and what the title of a book about his life would be called. 

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Gardian of the Month: Rebecca McKie

Rebecca McKie is our Gardian of the Month! Find out her favorite thing about learning something new and her go-to networking trick.  She shares about an experience when she learned something new and applied to her life and a resource that she can't live without. Finally, she shares her favorite summer destination! 

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Gardian of the Month: Melissa Schank

Melissa Schank is our Gardian of the Month! Find out how she learns best, how she would help a wallflower feel more comfortable networking, the tools she finds most helpful to retain new knowledge, that one (or two) resources she can't live without, and her favorite thing about summer! 

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Gardian of the Month: Katie Gadulka

Katie Gadulka is our Gardian of the Month! Find out something she'd like to learn more about, if she considers herself a natural networker, how she makes her industry better, that one things she can't live without and what food she would choose if she could only eat one for a week! 

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Gardian of the Month: Michael Williams

Michael Williams is our Gardian of the Month! Find out what he'd like to learn more about, his favorite personal network, how he thinks mentorship aids in knowledge transfer and which season represents him best!

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