POSSIBLE

“IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT IS DONE.” ~ NELSON MANDELA

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It was an uplifting Sunday on November 21, 2021 to connect with future and current social agents of change!

Blessed to again join The Circle of Change Virtual Leadership Experience this weekend for a transformational leadership experience for culturally diverse students & professionals from across the country. 

LIFT UP

“IF YOU WANT TO LIFT YOURSELF UP, LIFT UP SOMEONE ELSE.” ~ BOOKER T. WASHINGTON

We held our final academy meeting on May 5, 2021, and wrap up our 6th programmatic year the end of June. Last week we were able to connect with the Economic & Workforce Development Department – City of Los Angeles General Manager Ms. Hull to share her thoughts on addressing people with high employment barriers. LA:RISE is demonstrating that a public-private partnership can help solve some of society’s biggest challenges!

“In the city of L.A, societal problems can only be addressed through collaboration,” ~Carolyn Hull. Agreed!

Thank you to our dedicated partners, we are so proud of your commitment to serving our community! Throwback to 2015 when LA:RISE was launched as a city only program and in 2018 expanded countywide.

CRAFT YOUR ADVENTURE

“THE BIGGEST ADVENTURE YOU CAN TAKE IS TO LIVE THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS.” ~ OPRAH WINFREY

Thank you CSUF College of Communications for the opportunity to present for Communications Week on April 27, 2021. This year’s virtual event was another example of how through innovation and perseverance, we can continue to keep the momentum going. It’s also been an honor to present in person in the past at the college’s annual event.

May you keep crafting your life adventure toward the growth zone!

FACING CHANGE

“NOT EVERYTHING THAT IS FACED CAN BE CHANGED, BUT NOTHING CAN BE CHANGED UNTIL IT IS FACED.” ~ JAMES BALDWIN

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In partnership with Talent Rewire, UNITE-LA, and REDF, we hosted Dr. Manuel Pastor from the University of Southern California and Amelia Ransom, SPHR on July 23, 2020, for a timely conversation on how employers can use local history and context to create equitable and sustainable change inside their workplace!

“You have to look at the opportunity gap, not just the pay gap within your company.” ~ Amelia Ransom. YES! Business Has A Role In Dismantling Racism: 3 Takeaways From Our Conversation With Dr. Manuel Pastor And Amelia Ransom on Forbes.com

LEARN & GROW

“THE LAST OF THE HUMAN FREEDOMS: TO CHOOSE ONE’S ATTITUDE IN ANY GIVEN SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES, TO CHOOSE ONE’S OWN WAY.” ~ VICTOR FRANKL

Here’s a little perspective during this global health pandemic: we can still choose to learn and grow vs live in debilitating fear.

May you frame your circumstances in a positive light and adapt. Stay hopeful and count your blessings.

Be safe and healthy.

Resources below:

Food Assistance, Help Paying Bills, And Other Free Or Reduced-Cost Programs

Emergency Financial Resources To Help With COVID-19 Hardship

Grant Opportunities Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Resources for Human Services Leaders

Remote or On-Site Volunteer Opportunities during COVID-19

COVID-19 Response And Support for Employment Social Enterprises

BE VULNERABLE

“VULNERABILITY IS NOT WINNING OR LOSING; IT’S HAVING THE COURAGE TO SHOW UP AND BE SEEN WHEN WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THE OUTCOME.” ~ BRENE BROWN

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On March 5, 2020 over 1,000 stakeholders gathered for the 4th Annual Homeless Initiative Conference.

The event closed with Tristen, an LA:RISE and Los Angeles LGBT Center program participant, who is continuing to hone her skills while working in a social enterprise and searching for full-time employment at a restaurant. Her advice for future LA:RISE participants is to turn your dreams into goals and then anything will become possible. YES!

I also very much appreciated the emphasis on the power of vulnerability as discussed on stage for people who are committed to serving people experiencing homelessness. It’s a courageous way to live to assure others are given the opportunity to be seen and heard.

EMBRACE OTHERS

“MEMORIES OF OUR LIVES, OF OUR WORKS AND OUR DEEDS WILL CONTINUE IN OTHERS.” ~ ROSA PARKS

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It was an invigorating time presenting and attending the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference on February 19-21, 2020 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Our workshop on the “Innovative Strategies to Increase Employment and Income for People Experiencing Homelessness” had a great discussion on cash aid, employment social enterprises and the value of jobs in addressing homelessness. Shout out to the thousands of people who do the good work on a daily basis to embrace and empower people experiencing homelessness.

ADAPT AND IMPROVISE

“WITH A LITTLE BIT OF IMAGINATION, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” ~ MACGYVER

On January 23, 2020 we gathered at Goodwill Southern California and pondered together, “What Would MacGyver Do You?” (If He Were In My Shoes). The LA:RISE program hosts quarterly trainings/meetings with partners and we often like to kick-off the morning with a little fun!

MacGyver was a genius-level intellect and had a particular ability for adaptation and improvisation! In life, there are so many ways we can stay creative with our learning opportunities. What’s in your toolkit?

TRUE PROSPERITY

“GRATITUDE FOR THE PRESENT MOMENT AND THE FULLNESS OF LIFE NOW IS THE TRUE PROSPERITY.” ~ ECKHART TOLLE

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What a way to wrap up a year of abundance!

The Department of Labor – Employment & Training Administration chose LA:RISE to spotlight as an innovative approach to the design and delivery of employment services. The interview I filmed in September was posted on WorkforceGPS, primarily focused on city partnerships, since it’s from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOL). DOL was our first funding source for LA:RISE before we expanded the program county-wide.

It’s ultimately meant for Workforce professionals to look at our program as a model they can learn from/best practices and maybe even replicate nationwide. The video spotlights the LA:RISE program model and was posted on December 18, 2019 for the public workforce system nationwide to access.

The same day the video posted, I attended Engage LA at The Getty House, the official residence of the mayor of Los Angeles. The event had a festive gathering for 300+ and truly embraced the theme of the day, “Gift of Giving!” Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland gave brief remarks as carolers sang, greeting guests.

There was a section of vendors for holiday shoppers who could support social enterprises, women owned businesses or L.A. based businesses or nonprofits. Proceeds benefited Downtown Women’s Center, focused on ending women’s homelessness in greater Los Angeles through housing, wellness, employment, and advocacy. For gift giving, please consider supporting businesses that balance purpose and profit!

PAY IT FORWARD

“IF YOU HAVE KNOWLEDGE, LET OTHERS LIGHT THEIR CANDLES IN IT.” ~ MARGARET FULLER

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The10th Annual Circle of Change Leadership Conference was held on November 23, 2019. It was as always energizing! It’s wonderful to have professionals gather to talk about their area of expertise with a diverse group of student leaders from all across the country about the keys to personal, career, and leadership success. It’s even more rewarding to witness the passion and drive students convey about their dreams.

My panel this year was on “Leadership Meets Professionals Making A Social Impact.” Fellow panelists were from Bank of the West, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, Warner Bros. Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company. I am grateful for this opportunity!

It’s important to remember how far one has come and what they can do to pave the path for others to also fulfill their career aspirations!