Friday, January 6, 2011
1-2 PM Eastern Time
641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Building on Human, Social, Cultural Strengths
Guests: Angela Blanchard, Bernard Mohr, Jen Hetzel Silbert
Angela Blanchard is president and CEO of the Houston-based Neighborhood Centers, Inc., which serves 250,000 clients annually through 60 facilities in the Houston and Gulf Coast regions. She is a pioneer of asset based community development work that focuses on the human, social and cultural strengths of vulnerable populations. The 104-year-old agency, which has a $258 million operating budget, offers community initiatives that include education, immigration and citizenship outreach and advocacy, senior services, economic development, tax services, and disaster relief in the wave of devastating hurricanes. The agency helped welcome many victims of Hurricane Katrina to the Houston area after their homes in New Orleans were Ms. Blanchard has received numerous awards for her advocacy on behalf of working immigrants, her excellence in nonprofit leadership, and achievements in community service. She was recently named ARAMARK Building Community 2011 National Innovation Award Leadership Honoree. Bernard Mohr is cofounder of Innovation Partners International, a professional services firm dedicated to the notion that participative and strength based processes are the fastest and most effective ways of dealing with our ever increasing challenges and pace of change. Mohr supports clients within healthcare, manufacturing, retail, pharmaceuticals, education and government in creating sustainable value and better places to work. His focus is the design and management of more flexible and effective ways of working such as multi-stakeholder networks, collaborative self organizing teams and shared governance processes. His approach to organizational innovation draws on both the Design and Complexity Sciences as well as the Applied Behavioral Science. Co-founding Partner of Innovation Partners International, Jen Hetzel Silbert has an unshakable belief that people can create anything. Combining this with her energetic spirit, passion for group facilitation, and strength-based approaches, like AI, you can find Jen leading strategy development and community change initiatives in cities, schools, social enterprises, rural Amerindian villages, and Fortune 500 board rooms. Jen’s career began in the government and international development arena and later expanded into business, health care, education, social enterprise and families. Recent publications include the book "Positive Family Dynamics: Appreciative Inquiry Questions to Bring Out the Best in Families" (©2008, Taos Institute, co-authored with Ada Jo Mann, Dawn Cooperrider Dole, and Diana Whitney).