For my Social Impact Project, our final challenge of the fellowship year, I partnered with Amanada Gettgen and RecoveryPark Farms to strategize an enhanced customer experience design model for ordering and distributing produce. RecoveryPark Farms is the for-profit entity of former Challenge Partner RecoveryPark, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to creating jobs for Detroiters with barriers to employment by […]
So as many of you may recall from last months blog, I made a list of goals for myself to accomplish and get outside to enjoy the summer sunshine. Unfortunately – I was only able to accomplish 2/5. However the two I did check off my list (riding the Dequinder Cut and planting and urban garden) […]
Summer is around the corner (some may argue that it’s already here), and temperatures are rising. Unfortunately, that only sometimes guarantees some sunshine. But as long as it doesn’t rain, I’ve still got plans to enjoy some fresh air this upcoming month. Here’s a list of bucket-list items I hope to explore starting in June:
Bike the […]
The war for talent is over; talent has won.
I heard this quote while attending Challenge Detroit’s most recent company networking event, discussing the attraction and retention of talent in the Michigan region, and specifically within the city of Detroit. Engaging in this dialogue opened up many insights from an organizational perspective, on ways to better […]
It’s the end of March, and the completion of month seven in the fellowship and at my host company. Now is the time where the question starts to circulate:
“What are you doing after the fellowship?”
Both from my friends, my fellow fellows, and my host company, are all curious to hear my plan for my next […]
“Toledo, well that’s basically a suburb of Detroit.”
Until recently, this statement would have bothered me. Similar to native Detroiters, I, too, get defensive of my home-town in Ohio. Now, depending on who you talk to, Ohio is either known as the armpit of the United States, or the heart – very different parts of the anatomy. Constantly struggling […]
Since moving to Detroit, while although I’ve seen many efforts of collaboration and support from all kinds of folks, I’ve also begun to catch on to this “Detroit vs. Everyone” mentality. In some respects, I can see this attitude as a sign of resilience and determination, perseverance and pride – on the other hand this […]
DISCLAIMER: I did not get married. However I was recently in my cousin’s wedding, which took place right here in the Motor City. When I heard that they were going to have a Detroit wedding, almost a year and a half ago, I didn’t quite know what to expect. Of course this was also before I had […]
This month, I had every intention of dedicating my blog to Small Business Saturday and the Thanksgiving Holiday. This is a day I look forward to each year, not as much for the turkey, but the opportunity to binge at all the local businesses. A chance to join crowds of people that share my passion about the local movement. I was […]
This past week I participated in the last Slow Roll of the season. I’ve made an effort to participate in as many rides as I could since I moved to Detroit in mid-August. However, I really wanted to use this month’s post to reflect on how unbelievably awesome this movement is—for Detroit and for communities everywhere.
Diversity | My first […]