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Mar 21, 2017

Julie Petr chats with Therese Niemiec from Little Wishes Foundation about starting and growing a non-profit organization that grants wishes for children with cancer.

 

Little Wish Foundation

  • Granting wishes in the $500-$1000 range to children battling cancer
  • Started by Therese’s daughter Liz when she was 16
  • Has currently granted 950 wishes
  • Operating in 13 hospitals in 7 states, with a goal to grow nationwide

 

Advice to Someone Wanting to Start a Non-Profit Organization

  • Ask questions and learn from people that have started other non-profits
  • Hire a good non-profit accountant
  • Put together a strong board of directors for guidance and leadership

 

Managing the Time Commitment of Running a Non-Profit Organization

  • It’s easy to put in the hours when you see the results and how it touches families
  • Her life felt complete after she started helping others
  • Believes that if you are able to help someone else, you should do so in some capacity
  • Therese is inspired by the time management skills of her own mother

 

Ways to Get Involved with Little Wish Foundation

 

Phrase Therese Lives by

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

 

Ways to Join the Conversation and Spread the Word

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Mar 7, 2017

WFYI CFO Connie Campbell joins Julie Petr for February's Monthly Mentoring Chat

 

Guest Bio

Connie Fraley Campbell serves as Chief Financial Officer for WFYI Public Media.  In this role, Connie provides leadership and direction of all strategic financial operations.  This includes budgeting, financial reporting, and compliance.

Connie joined WFYI in 2016 with more than 30 years of experience in management, finance and accounting functions as well as more than a decade of legal and operational experience within non-profit and for-profit institutions.  She has served as a practicing attorney and a practicing CPA.

Her career experience has included success at Bosma Enterprises, and most recently at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.

Connie received her JD from the University of Kentucky College of Law, and her BS in Accounting with High Distinction also from the University of Kentucky. She and her husband live in Indianapolis.

 

Combating the Glass Ceiling

  • The evolution Connie has experienced of women in the workplace
  • Feeling disempowered
  • Waiting to discuss an issue with her boss until she could do it without emotional attachment
  • Creating meaningful conversations instead of pointing out problems

 

Advice to a First Time Leader

 

  • Recognize that you are dealing with multiple levels of stakeholders
  • Meeting multiple needs of multiple stakeholders
  • Learn to lead for others will different skillsets than your own
  • Listen Listen Listen

 

Characteristics of Successful Team Members

 

  • Ability to work hard
  • Maintain a work-life balance
  • Willingness to turn mistakes into learnings
  • Understanding that mistakes are part of the process

 

How Connie Creates Work-Life Balance

 

  • Mindfulness to create the balance
  • Regularly gets back to nature
  • Reconnects with her community
  • Uses a Fitbit to remind her to get 10,000 steps a day

 

 

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Feb 1, 2017

Indiana's Poet Laureate, Shari Wagner, joins Julie Petr for a lively discussion on poetry and creativity.

 

Guest Bio

Shari Wagner is the current Indiana Poet Laureate and the author of two books of poems: The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana and Evening Chore. Her poetry has appeared in The Writers Almanac, American Life in Poetry, North American Review, Shenandoah, The Christian Century, Indiana Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Wabash Watershed, and Best American Nonrequired
Reading. Wagner has been awarded two Creative Renewal Fellowships from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, as well as grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. She lives in Central Indiana and teaches poetry and memoir writing for the Indiana Writers Center.

How to Encourage Creativity in Young People

  • Read to them
  • Encourage them to read
  • Stress that writing is a process, and requires many drafts
  • Teach them patience with the process

 

Steps to Becoming a Professional Writer

  • Join a writer's group to get feedback on your work
  • Take a class to improve your writing
  • Make sure your poems are a good fit for a publication before you submit them
  • Follow submission guidelines

 

Enjoying the Journey of Her Writing Process

  • It is process of discovery and adventure
  • Comparing the process to caving - getting below the surface 
  • Knowing that the foothold will show up in the rock to help you 
  • Maintaining faith that she will find her way through it

 

Characteristics of a Successful Writer

  • Resilience
  • Curiosity
  • Life long learner
  • Discipline 
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time

 

 

Phrase She Lives By

I sat where they sat, and was amazed for seven days.

 

Connect with Shari

shariwagnerpoet.com

 

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