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It was a celebration of those who make the program possible. It was a celebration of the family and friends that sacrificed their time to allow us to participate fully. It was a celebration of those that strive to make a positive impact within our community. It was a celebration of those that strive to do the right thing, no matter the circumstances.
What made the night so special for me was spending it with my family, my fellow classmates, and my co-workers. These are the folks who inspire me to do my very best, each and every day. So, to be able to relax on a beautiful Saturday night, alongside the people who matter to me the most, to celebrate and be inspired by local leaders as well as Paul Rusesabagina, is truly something I will always cherish.
Graduation marks the end of our nine-month journey. And, it also signifies the beginning of something bigger and better. We’ve been given the tools to make a difference within our community and our world. Personally, I’m very excited to take what I’ve learned and pay it forward.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Click HERE to listen to one of those interviews featuring Team “Roof Raisers” whose project goal was to increase awareness of Habitate for Humanity of McLean County through the implementation of a marketing plan.
Thanks for the support, WJBC!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
By Monica Palmer, Eurest Dining Services
On Saturday March 3, I was happy to be in the audience to witness presentation of the final results of community projects taken on by members of the Multicultural Leadership Program Class of 2012.
Strategically split into five teams, the participants were matched with a community project to research. They then successfully worked together to constructed a project plan, allowing them to accomplish a common goal. Sounds like leadership in action!
I hope you’re as impressed by the results as I am:
Community Health Care Clinic (CHCC)
Team “Scrubs” goal was to develop a Cost Savings Analyst tool for CHCC. The tool tracks and shows the cost savings associated with a reduction in Emergency Department (ED) visits and hospitalizations. Components include: cost of running CHCC for a given year, revenues CHCC generated, savings associated with ED, hospitalization reductions, and benefit estimates associated with productivity.
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
Team “I Can” (Increase Community Awareness Now) goals included implementation of a new website, development of social media strategy and presence, and creation of training to support technology initiatives. It was also very important to the team to incorporate social media into the webpage along with a Donate Now! button.
Heartland Head Start
Team ‘The Consolidators’ consolidated 10 educational parental lessons into four crucial ones and made them available in English and Spanish. The group reached out to numerous other organizations and people to help with this program, including the Hispanic Employee Resource Organization (HERO), and professors, teachers and students from Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University and local high schools.
Ecology Action Center
Team “E.A.C.H and Everyone Matters” concentrated on recycling awareness within the West side of Bloomington. The team hosted an event in the community where approximately 75 residents attended to decorate and personalize recycling bins to be used daily in their homes. Also, the event was made family-friendly by having face painting available and the fire department attended.
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County
Team “Roof Raisers” had the goal to increase awareness by implementing a marketing plan for Habitat for Humanity. The team implemented a SWOT (Strength Weakness Opportunity Threat) analysis and received a lot of actionable feedback from it. For example, an internship program is in the works to begin either this summer or fall.
Looking for new projects
I applaud the community work the current MCLP Class completed. But it doesn’t stop there. Soon we’ll have a Class of 2013 and they’ll need project work too.
So, if you’re a local non-profit with a project need, please submit your proposal to MCLP. Go to here for more info. Initial requests need to be submitted by May 15 with June 15 as the date for final project proposals for the 2013 Class.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Business Furniture, Inc. hosted the Multicultural Leadership Program (MCLP) learning event Thursday, Feb. 16 at their new Bloomington Conference Studio & Showroom, 205 N. Main Street in downtown Bloomington. This inaugural event for the studio highlighted Business Furniture’s strategy of giving back to the community by providing free meeting space to community organizations. In turn, we as a community organization, experienced working spaces that actually helped MCLP work and learn better!
“We believe that form must follow function,” said Kathi Builta, manager of the Bloomington Furniture office. “For organizations, we design working spaces that promotes collaborative conversations, during a meeting or between meetings.”
Here’s how the MCLP-Business Furniture connection happened.
Business Furniture first met with me and Carolyn Davis, of MCLP Curriculum Committee about our program for Feb 16. We moved from the traditional table and 25 chairs to a different solution with colorful individual Node chairs. Each chair had its own “work surface, storage area, comfortable seat & back, plus each was on rollers!” Because we had two sessions and a presentation planned for that evening, Business Furniture also provided a more casual area for dinner that included “i2i” chairs, a business lounge area that could be used to make PowerPoint presentations and café tables with paper covers for drawing up business plans.
I was amazed at how the furniture naturally became a useful part of the learning experience. For example, the Node chairs allowed the class to move around as needed. When a class discussion occurred, people easily turned to face the person speaking because the whole Node chair could turn. It made discussions richer. In our Transformational Leadership session led by Christina Schulz of the Hile Group Inc., I saw the class turn easily to each flipchart she used as she moved through the room. The whole class seemed more engaged…naturally. The furniture the participants sat in made a greater difference than I expected in keeping all involved.
“I also appreciated their outstanding service,” added Carolyn. “Kathi Builta was our point of contact and she made sure we considered all the factors during our decision-making. She was with us during the meeting even though it is mostly after hours on Thursday. That eliminated any surprises we might have experienced during our learning event.”
Bill Grace, Vice-President of Business Furniture, Inc. said, “We see ourselves as an organization that can add value to the community AND increase the understanding of all organizations about the major advances in business furniture design. We hope to demonstrate that good furniture design is also good business.”
I’m convinced Bill is right. A well-designed space with well-designed furniture did improve our learning process on Feb. 16. We are proud to collaborate with a company like Business Furniture, Inc, who shares our belief that collaborative efforts which consider diverse perspectives (in this case diverse designs) will result in better solutions. It certainly did result in a great learning experience for us!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Early Saturday, Feb. 4, while many people were still in bed, members of the Multicultural Leadership Program (MCLP) Class of 2012 were shouting “I am wonderfully made. I love me. I’m worth it.”
The shouts were at the encouragement of Life Coach & Inspirational Speaker Felicia Shaw. Excited for the MCLP Work Life Balance session, Felicia begins to truly inspire the class.
“Often stress happens because we don’t say NO often enough.” How right is Felicia!
A lot of people have difficultly balancing career and a healthy personal life. Having a career which provides a sense of worth and financial stability is important to many, however it is also crucial to have the time for a healthy personal life.
Felicia came to the MCLP group with worksheets and exercises to help the participants narrow down what is important to them and provide them with time for reflection.
“If I look at your calendar and bank statements, will I see that you are spending your time and money on things that are important to you?” With this question, Felicia had the wheels turning in everyone’s head.
Highlighted in this session was scheduling, making AND completing goals, and celebrating the completion of goals. Thank you Felicia for all your tips to reduce stress, motive, and take accountability for goals!
More about the Feb. 4 MCLP session can be found here.