Viewpoints: Articles & Podcasts

  • March 31, 2019 9:37 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Elizabeth Bartasius - Change Agent #0029 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Elizabeth Bartasius is the award-winning author of the novel, The Elegant Out, praised by Kirkus Reviews as “…a riveting tale of maturing womanhood and an insightful peek into the creative process.” A ‘word colorist’ with a distinct lyrical style and unflinching strokes Elizabeth’s creative narratives share rich insights on how she overcomes self-doubt and offers readers the audacity to take dazzling leaps.

    Through her ghostwriting and editing services, Elizabeth offers indie authors, social entrepreneurs and change-makers “spot-on” support to cultivate their unique voice and translate their drafts into powerful narratives that move audiences. “Your story matters; own your voice.”

    She enjoys European cafes, tropical climates, and list making. And, she currently lives in the Virgin Islands with her husband and a rogue iguana. Connect with her at www.elizabethbartasius.com where you’ll find workbooks, worksheets and prompts to reclaim your voice. Every little bit of reflection, inspiration and validation helps.

    www.elizabethbartasius.com

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    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities. Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

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  • March 31, 2019 9:33 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Tony Marciante - Change Agent #0028 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Tony Marciante was born in Milan, Italy to American parents, eventually settling in Bethesda, Maryland in 1973. The multi-cultural surroundings spawned a Chef with ties to many countries around the world. Dinners at home included Italian food, Indian, Seafood and more... but always the family was close and communicative. Breaking bread daily was crucial to the family dynamic.

    Tony got into the restaurant business after a vision just after high school and loved the energy, challenges and connectedness of a people & food business. Serving his clients has taken him on many adventures to open 4 different restaurants in his career so far. Relying on his multi-cultural background, Tony’s career has taken him to several states, opening restaurants and leading people to learning more about food every day.

    https://cheftonysofbethesda.com

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

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    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series.

    https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities.

    Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • March 31, 2019 9:29 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Leo Tucker - Change Agent #0027 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Leo Tucker, CLU, Managing Partner - Northwestern Mutual

    27 years ago, Leo Tucker began his career with Northwestern Mutual. He’s earned numerous honors including the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table including Top of the Table. Early in his career, he quickly distinguished himself as a leader with a thriving team as Field Director, and Managing Director in Florida and before his tenth year, he accepted a role with the Home Office as the Assistant Regional Director, a position that prepares talented candidates for Managing Partner Assignments.

    In 2003, Tucker was appointed the Managing Partner in Washington DC and in his time with the firm, it has tripled in both size and production. Leo currently serves on the board of The Tiger Woods Foundation, The American College, and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. Leo’s fundraising efforts on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society led him to receive the 2013 Man of the Year honor for the LLS National Capital Chapter and in 2012, Leo was listed as one of Washington DC’s Top 25 Minority Business Owners. He attended Nova Southeastern University and Cal Berkley. He and his wife Marilyn live in McLean, VA and they have two children both out of college.

    In his off-hours, he is an active volunteer in the community and enjoys playing golf and collecting wine.

    http://dc.nm.com/

    Causes he supports: Washington Area Women’s Foundation: https://thewomensfoundation.org/

    Tiger Woods Foundation: https://tgrfoundation.org/

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together. Interested in becoming a SC Nebula Member? info@soarcommunitynetwork.com

    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series. https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities. Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • March 31, 2019 9:26 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Yolanda Johnson - Change Agent #0026 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Yolanda Johnson is the owner of Beyond Measure, LLC, a consultancy that provides leadership, management, and diversity & inclusion training workshops.

    Yolanda has over 25 years of experience in the vocational education, juvenile justice, and nonprofit sectors. She is employed as a nonprofit program director where she trains corporate legal professionals, law enforcement officers, and community professionals to implement legal and civic education programs to young people across the country.

    Yolanda is a Certified Mediator, a member of the Society for Diversity and the American Business Women’s Association. Yolanda serves as Board President of Equipment Connections for Children, a nonprofit that provides essential equipment to disabled children. Her events and podcast, “Can You See Me: Women.Leadership.Race” are designed to promote diversity and elevate the voice of women of different backgrounds, races, and socioeconomic status. She is featured author in the anthology, “Set Apart and Chosen: God Uses Ordinary Women To Do Extraordinary Things”.

    Yolanda was born and raised in Long Island, NY with southern roots in Georgia and Florida. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bowie State University, and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Nyack College.

    As a young mother, while working and attending college, Yolanda raised her two children: Lewis, 28, a restaurant server, author, and musician lives in Austin, Texas and Dana, 27, holds an MSW in Global Practice, she is a Development Director for a national foundation and lives in Chicago. Yolanda is married and currently resides in Hanover, Maryland. She loves to cook, travel, and enjoy time with family and friends. You can catch Yolanda having a cup of dirty chai tea!

    Website: www.leadbeyondmeasure.com

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yolanda-j...

    Podcast: http://www.leadbeyondmeasure.com/blog...

    https://www.facebook.com/beyondmeasurellc/

    *Causes that matter to me: leadership (leading from wherever you are in life, with or without a title); management (growing others); diversity and inclusion; equality; race relations; and community impact

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

    Interested in becoming a SC Nebula Member?

    info@soarcommunitynetwork.com

    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series.

    https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities.

    Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • March 31, 2019 9:22 PM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Eliyahu Lotzar - Change Agent #0025 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Eliyahu (eh-lee-YAH-who) utilizes his experience as a social worker facilitating processes to help people move to their next step. With international academic and business backgrounds, he helps individuals and groups examine their situations from new perspectives to gain freedom, strength, and unity within their work environment. He is Principal at Reframed Reality, helping organizations improve results through revealing and aligning the competing values within their organizational cultures.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/eliyahulotzar/

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

    Interested in becoming a SC Nebula Member?

    info@soarcommunitynetwork.com

    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series.

    https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities.

    Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • March 07, 2019 9:28 AM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Dorwatha Woods - Change Agent #0024 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Dorwatha Woods was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1958, the 6th daughter of Ltc. and Mrs. Louis M. Woods. She received a global worldview being an Army brat with a family that relocated every 18 months. She attended Hampton Institute for her BS degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She continued her education at University of Michigan for her MA degree in Special Education: Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairment. In 2012 she completed a 2-year Spanish Language and Cultural study at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. in the Murray Institute. She completed a 29 - year career as the Principal of Ascension Catholic School on June 30, 2016. She had a positive vision for inner city scholars on the northside of Minneapolis to academically achieve at high levels. Under her tenacious leadership, her vision was realized largely through significant school partnerships such as the Northside Achievement Zone, MacPhail Center for Music, and the Flaherty Family Foundation, many corporate partners and individuals. After spending a year caring for a new grandchild and working part-time for Creighton University mentoring MA level candidates in their MAGIS program and helping facilitate the interview process for the Flaherty Family Foundation, she is now employed full time as a Scholarship Facilitator for the Flaherty Family Foundation. It is work that resonates with who she is and how she has spent her life’s focus.

    She was awarded the 2014 WEM Outstanding Educator Award from the WEM Foundation and Synergy & Leadership Exchange in “recognition of superior contributions of educators whose leadership and dedication inspire a spirit of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities outside the traditional education system and classroom”. She received the 2013 Duet Award from MacPhail Center for Music for her exemplary leadership in forming the first school partnership with MacPhail Center for Music 25 years ago, which has been the model used by MacPhail in forming over 80 additional school partnerships. Other honors include the WCCO Excellent Educator Award in 2016, the Inspiring Women Award in 2014 from the MN Lynx Basketball Team and Land O’Lakes, Inc., the Excellence in Catechesis Leadership Award in 2003 from the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Mahala S. Evans Award – Outstanding Soror in 2009 from the Gamma Tau Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., and the 23rdAnnual Archbishop John Ireland Award in 1991 “For those who distinguish themselves in promoting better human relations based on justice.”.

    Ms. Woods served 6 years as the President of the Gamma Tau Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. – a black business women’s sorority that targets women’s issues and gains scholarship dollars for women and girls to attend college. She is instrumental in making sure that women and girls have a fair advantage in the fields of business and science. Ms. Dorwatha Woods has volunteered her time as a cook for the Clare Housing Organization, cooking monthly for clients in residential care that battle the effects of AIDS. She also was Volunteer of the Year at Value Village where she volunteered each Saturday for 3 years. She is a mother of 2 grown daughters and two grand babies. She is an avid cook, swimmer, and gardener. The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

    Interested in becoming a SC Nebula Member?

    info@soarcommunitynetwork.com

    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series. https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities. Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • March 07, 2019 9:25 AM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Cyndi Shanahan - Change Agent #0023 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Cyndi Shanahan is a social change agent and nonprofit/philanthrophy leader. She is passionate about making the lives of her community better through innovative and inclusive leadership in the areas of empowerment of women, philanthropic giving, and nonprofit engagement. She began her philanthropy as a youth through the Girl Scouts and work in the city of Cleveland. She continued her leadership as an adult and has dedicated her retirement to impact her community through inspiring those who are able to give strategically and collectively of their time, talents, and funds.

    Cyndi has served directly with three key organizations:

    • The Giving Circle of HOPE
    • Women Giving Back, and AAUW

    In each of these organizations, her impact was felt most strongly with her ability to identify and implement new programs to extend the reach of the organization in a meaningful way. Through these organizations Cyndi makes connections within and among other community organizations resulting in an amplification of collective impact.

    Examples include introducing a new grant giving category, expanding geographic service to over 100 entities throughout the DC Metro area, and increasing members and donors in a materially impactful way. She is keen to create networks and leverage relationships. She uses the skills of strategic planning, business line management, process improvement and organizational change gained as a Vice President at Freddie Mac to create positive outcomes.

    Giving Circle of HOPE is https://givingcircleofhope.org/

    Other websites are womengivingback.org and aauw.org

    Linkedin site is: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyndishan...

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

    Interested in becoming a SC Nebula Member?

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    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series. https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities. Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • March 07, 2019 9:21 AM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Beth Flaherty - Change Agent #0022 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Beth was thrilled to join the Flaherty Family Foundation (FFF) as the first executive director in September of 2015. The Flaherty Family Foundation provides high school college prep scholarships to high potential students with economic need. Flaherty has expanded and formalized the Scholarship Opportunity from 11 Flaherty Scholars at three high schools in the Twin Cities to 400 Flaherty Scholars at 32 high schools in Minnesota, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey and Montana. After student-teaching at Highland Park Senior High School (St. Paul) in the fall of 1999, Flaherty moved to Breckenridge, Colorado and taught ski school to preschoolers. Her first year in the classroom was split between Minnesota Business Academy, a charter high school in St. Paul, and co-teaching third grade at Ascension Catholic School in Minneapolis.

    She spent the next eight years teaching middle and high school social studies and coaching gymnastics in Summit County, Colorado. While in Summit Country she was a mentor with Mountain Mentors, received the Asset Builder of the Month award from Summit Prevention Alliance and earned recognition as the Jefferson County Coach of the year in 2008. She spent six years teaching in Arlington, Virginia at Washington-Lee High School and at an alternative school, New Directions, which serves students involved in the juvenile justice system.

    In addition, Flaherty has been a foster parent in Arlington County since 2010 and recently began mentoring with Capital Partners for Education in Washington, D.C. Flaherty earned her BA in Social Studies from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. While at Hamline, Flaherty was a two-time captain of the gymnastics team, a four-time All-American, and National Champion on Floor Exercise. She was inducted into the Hamline University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. Flaherty received an MA in Educational Leadership in 2006 and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010 from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Flaherty currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.

    https://flahertyfamilyfoundation.org

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

    Interested in becoming a SC Nebula Member?

    info@soarcommunitynetwork.com

    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series. https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities. Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • March 07, 2019 9:15 AM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Phil Kreutzer - Change Agent #0021 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Interview Series. 

    Phil Kreutzer is currently traveling the world on a “sanity sabbatical” where he is researching modalities aimed at raising consciousness. He is a certified yoga instructor and training to become a mindfulness meditation coach.

    You can follow Phil on Instagram: @_philter_

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

    Interested in becoming a SC Nebula Member?

    info@soarcommunitynetwork.com

    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series. https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities. Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!

  • March 07, 2019 9:13 AM | Mali Phonpadith (Administrator)

    Meet Gigi McMillan - Change Agent #0020 of our #SCN1000ChangeAgents Series.

    Gigi McMillan is the Chief Creative Officer of Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc., owner of For the Love of Style Magazine, and an active member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women of Northern Virginia. She’s the Founder of an internationally recognized runway who advocates on behalf of domestic abuse survivors known as Purple Runway ™.

    http://kamisol.net/

    www.purplerunway.org

    The SC Nebula is a global online (and offline - Washington, DC area) hub where conscious leaders from corporate, spiritual, nonprofit and civic groups can connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.

    Interested in becoming a SC Nebula Member?

    info@soarcommunitynetwork.com

    Nominate a Change Agent for our Interview Series. https://nebula.soarcommunitynetwork.com

    In an effort to promote global champions of change, we have set an extraordinary goal of interviewing 1000 people this year who are change agents in their communities. Tune in as our interview guests share how they are contributing their gifts, skills, experiences, resources and wisdom to create a better world. Learn about the different causes and initiatives they care about. If theses causes resonate with you, reach out to our interviewees and offer up your superpowers.

    Join us. Let's not just stand for something ... let's do something!