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Lauren Burdette, WEDO Charity Auctions
This week we got to talk with Lauren Burdette, Senior Operations Manager at our sister company, WEDO Charity Auctions. Lauren, AKA "The British One," comes with seven years of nonprofit event experience on three continents. Lauren is originally from the UK but is now rockin' Allentown, PA. She has a clear passion for the fundraising industry and hopes her ever growing knowledge can help guide WEDO’s organizations to their fundraising goals
Since she works at a company we partner so close with, I have had the pleasure to get to know her over the last 6 months or so, and wow, she is amazing. If you know her, you love her.
Robin Lee, Nexus Impact Center
We got to talk - IN PERSON - to Robin Lee - who is the Executive Director of the Nexus Impact Center here in Indianapolis. We talk about what social responsibility means for businesses and how every company and nonprofit have the opportunity to learn from each other.
Robin is passionate about the potential brewing to make genuine collective impact through businesses and nonprofits who are evolving through smarter, more innovative, impact focused business models. Robin is a CPA and started her career as an auditor for KPMG with a focus on nonprofits and governments. She has worked for nearly 3 decades in government, ministries and a small Indiana foundation gaining multiple perspectives on how our society is trying to address social issues and struggling to make progress. Robin helped founders launch the Nexus Impact Center in January 2020, and is serving as the Executive Director there to advance sustainable social impact in our city, state and world.
Guest: Robin Lee
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Derrin Slack with ProAct
While on a college mission trip to Botswana, Africa, Derrin Slack experienced the power of giving back to others and wondered how his life would have been different had he been exposed to service at a younger age. This led to the founding of ProAct and what it is today. ProAct is a pioneering critical service-learning and community engagement organization committed to engaging youth in public service that educates, delights, and inspires the youth and those they serve. Leveraging social capital, we specialize in intentionally bringing together organizations in the city – helping groups cross social, racial, and economic boundaries through meaningful service projects & social equity training.
With a strong background in nonprofit management and research, training, and leadership, Derrin acts as the conduit between the needs of the community, and the individuals, partners, sponsors, and students that engage with ProAct. Under his leadership, the organization has engaged over 25,000 boys and girls, community leaders, and business professionals to value intentional community engagement and appreciate diversity and equity as an integral part of their lives. He has trained all over Indianapolis and in such countries as Ireland, Ethiopia, Mali, Mexico, and the UK; and in many cities in the United States.
Indianapolis Cultural Trail
This week we had the pleasure of virtually hanging out with Sarah Frey, who is the Development and Marketing Manager of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. From the conversation, it is clear that Sarah was uniquely designed for this role. While she loves the outdoors and the environment, she also is a great communicator and relationship builder. The Cultural trail truly is lucky to have her!
Sarah has more than a decade of experience in development, communications, and community building at non-profits around Indianapolis. In her role at the Cultural Trail, she is responsible communications strategy, donor engagement, community partnerships, events, an amazing young professionals board, as well as ongoing programming like Cultural Trail Food Tours, group rides, and volunteers.
In her free time, you can find Sarah biking or running on the Cultural Trail, finding the best places in the Midwest to camp with her husband, or enjoying a hot cup of tea and a book.
Indy Cultural Trail Website: https://indyculturaltrail.org/
Join the Young Professionals Board: https://indyculturaltrail.org/ypb/
Pacers Bikeshare: https://indyculturaltrail.org/bikeshare/
Amy Crell and Marissa Deckert - City of Fishers + Fishers Park Department
We had so much fun talking with these two. We welcomed the wonderful Amy Crell and Marissa Deckert.
Amy Crell is on the Community Engagement Team with the City of Fishers. As a Community Engagement Team member, Amy recruits, coordinates and manages volunteers for City events. In addition, Amy is the City’s point of contact for nonprofit organizations that serve our community as well as the faith community in Fishers.
Marissa Deckert is the Assistant Director for the Fishers Parks Department and oversees programming, events and 24 park locations. She also sits on the Fishers Arts & Culture Commission and Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability.
We were just blown away with the work these two women are doing, and the backing they get from the city of Fishers to make it happen.