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Episode 60 – Vickie Thompson-Sandy – Inspired Nonprofit Leadership

The consummate workplace dilemma: you want to climb the rungs of the corporate ladder, but you don’t want to lose what you first loved about your work. Vickie Thompson-Sandy knows this challenge all too well. As a social worker dedicated to child welfare issues, and now a nonprofit leader on a national scale, her focus has always been to make the world healthier, stronger, and more whole. On this week’s episode of the Make Meaning podcast, Vickie, CEO of The Buckeye Ranch in Columbus, Ohio, shares insights on how to be a leader and retain a vision of purpose, finding new ways to make […]

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Episode 58 – Kristi Nelson and Nedal Al-Hayek – Being Grateful: A Special Thanksgiving episode

Is your glass half empty or half full? Maybe it’s less about how much is in the glass, and more about having a glass in the first place? In honor of Thanksgiving, we are airing a special episode of the Make Meaning podcast, focusing on how to mindfully cultivate gratefulness that can lead to a happier, healthier life.  In this episode, Lynne speaks with Kristi Nelson, Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living, and Nedal Al-Hayek, a Syrian refugee who has built an impressive life for his family since coming to the United States in 2015. Both guests provide insights on the powerful role gratefulness plays in their lives – one after […]

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Episode 30 – Kelli Dobner – The Power of Culture

This week’s Make Meaning guest, Kelli Dobner, Chief Advancement Officer at Samaritas, talks about culture, community, and connection to a higher purpose, and how she successfully rallies some 2,000 employees around a cause and a vision. It has something to do with taking chances and dressing up like a rock – you have to be all in, if you want everyone else to be! Ms. Dobner joined Samaritas in 2017, bringing a proud history of creating “a culture of ambassadorship.” She has built a career on the principles of communication, community-building and concern for the greater good. In 2018, she was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine’s Notable Women […]

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