To Lead, Live & Look Ahead (Nov.)

Here at LeaderShape, we want to experience a world where everyone leads with integrity and lives in possibility. Where we work in community with one another. Where everyone sees their own gifts and finds ways to use them for the greater good.

We want to intentionally create spaces for others to be included and contribute in this world and then by doing so, lead others to do the same – “to lead, live and look ahead”.

This blog series is a place to find updates from our Community Engagement team at the beginning of each month. The updates will include #Day7, #LeaderShapeChat, and any other upcoming campaigns and projects you can participate in with us.

Day 7
This month, #Day7 focused on gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Expanding your gratitude can help you lead a happier and healthier life. LeaderShape gave tips and tricks to help you become a more grateful person in your everyday life. We had quizzes, articles, videos, and quotes to learn how to #PracticeGratitude in a fun and engaging way. Many fellow LeaderShapers got involved and it was a great success!   

#LeaderShapeWeb
Join us for this month’s LeaderShape Webinar Series on Thursday, November 16th at 12 p.m. CST. for The Power of Connection – Bridging the Divide with Vikas Narula!

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To register and attend, visit bigmarker.com/leadershape.

#LeaderShapeChat
Each month, we host a Twitter chat that exemplifies our belief of “to lead, live”. On Wednesday, November 29th, we encourage you to join us on Twitter at 12 p.m. CST for our #LeaderShapeChat about the year in review.

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LeaderShape Graduates
In October, we shined a light on four Institute graduates who are making a positive impact in this world each and every day. Thank you Denise & Rashad, Thalia, Eliza, and Christopher for all that you do, you are appreciated!

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If you would like to be a part of our “Where Are They Now” project, send an email to community@leadershape.org and we will share your story!

 

Palmer Award Finalist: Maureen Hudson

We received so many wonderful applications for this year’s Palmer Award that not only did we want to announce this year’s recipient, Mitchell Tijerina – we also wanted to share the work of those who were among our finalists. Today we learn about Maureen Hudson, Institute graduate from The College of New Jersey.

“My vision has been to create a mindful, compassionate and peaceful environment in classroom settings across schools internationally that supports growth from the inside-out through mindfulness, meditation and reflection. My hope is to promote empowerment of all students through authentic acceptance of the self and others. This stems from my own lived experience of recovery from an eating disorder through mindfulness and self-acceptance.” – Maureen Hudson

Maureen’s first goal was to connect with like-minded people and organizations. Beyond that, she wanted to develop her own leadership and personal practice so she could then promote a mindful and compassionate campus culture. Some of the things Maureen has accomplished while working toward her vision include: • Worked as an undergraduate researcher at TCNJ focusing on anti-bullying and peace education• Implemented a mindfulness-based curriculum (which she created) in two classrooms in Trenton, NJ• Oversaw the implementation of a culturally modified version of the curriculum in an inclusive Kindergarten classroom at an international school in Indonesia• Served as President of Circle of Compassion, a student-driven organization devoted to spreading mindfulness and compassion in the community• Inducted into the Blue and Gold Hall of Fame at TCNJ in recognition for the positive impact of my leadership on campus• In November, Maureen will present “Mindfulness in ECTE: Literature Review & Preschool & Primary Case Studies” at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Her mindfulness teaching experiences have spanned all ages including preschool, elementary, college students and faculty, and adults with learning disabilities. When Maureen looks to the future, she hopes “to continue to support the growing international movement of mindfulness in education by offering my unique guidance on its role in creating compassionate and inclusive classrooms. I see the future of the world in the hands of mindful teachers and children who are accepting, loving, attentive and resilient.”

 

2017 Palmer Award Recipient

We are excited to present to you our most recent recipient of the Palmer Award, Mitchell Tijerina (Denison University). The vision Mitchell created at the Institute centered around developing an interest in the affects of climate change and environmental issues by providing opportunities for people to experience nature first-hand. Through this exposure, he believes people will develop a sense of love and respect for the environment. Mitchell shares that “…a vague passionate idea at the Institute helped me bring into a sharp well-focused vision.”

Mitchell sees that without a personal experience, people are unlikely to cultivate a love for the outdoors or come to truly care about the well-being of it. To combat this barrier and bring exposure to the importance of Earth, Mitchell is creating a documentary film called La Gente de la Tierra.

La Gente de la Tierra focuses on the influence that the natural world has on the art, culture, and spirituality of five indigenous groups across Perú. Through this film, Mitchell hopes that people will discover how our day-to-day lives are intricately connected to the earth.

In preparation for the documentary, Mitchell applied for scholarships, developed a Kickstarter campaign, and assembled a team. He then spent four months living in Lima, Perú. During his time in Lima, Mitchell spent time studying as well as connecting with NGOs and indigenous communities across the country. He then spent two months traveling, filming, conducting interviews, and living with the amazing people in the area.

Through all of this, Mitchell tell us he “mastered the Spanish language, different editing programs, and film equipment through taking classes at La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.” He also invited two other filmmakers from Denison University and Saint Olaf College respectively to join the effort and employed the help of a number of local translators to help with the 6 different languages they worked with.

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Beyond an awareness of and care for the environment that the documentary hopes to create, Mitchell’s work has also directly contributed to some communities in Perú. He and his team have created a promotional video for Porvenir Perú, an organization that provides greenhouse building supplies to communities that often lack in nutrition due to vegetables being unable to grow at the extremely high altitude. They are also working on promotional videos for the Ayahuasca Foundation, which focuses on medicinal plant knowledge, and Threads of Perú, an organization that promotes and sells artisanal work of indigenous women in the Andes.

While we wait for the documentary to be completed, the trailer and update videos are being shown by science high school teachers in New York. Mitchell is hopeful that they will soon be shown in high schools in Columbus. The final product will be aired this spring at Denison University and at a local community theater in Columbus.

Mitchell shares that, although long and difficult, the journey has been worth it. We have to agree and can’t wait to see the documentary in its totality. Congratulations Mitchell!