READ WIN-WIN CASE STUDIES BELOW!
Create unique solutions for development, growth and profit sustainability
CONNECTIONS + NETWORKING
Utilize diverse community and business connections
STRATEGY + PROBLEM SOLVING
Providing untapped solutions and turning hurtles into opportunities
VISION + PLANNING
Identifying the big picture and making it all happen
Creating dynamic experiences with diverse needs and impact
A few phenomenal organizations, close to my heart, in which I collaborated with amazing teams to achieve extraordinary outcomes.
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES (FCA):
Need: Greater understanding of the demands on a coach's life and how to bring balance between students, institution, community, and most importantly in their own families.
Idea Generation: A weekend intensive that connect coaches to other coaches and wives while giving support to coaches with leadership and relational training that impact and equipt them on and off the field.
I was invited two years in a row to be a Board member of FCA. Instead of saying yes to the Board, I wanted to implement a new program. Being friends with a few coaches gave me insight to a greater need to add an additional program to support coaches and include their spouses. Being a coach can often be taxing, time consuming and lonely. Having the support of a spouse plays a critical role in the overall success of a coach. I wanted to give them a time out to re-connect and create a successful program which goes beyond the 'job' to support them in a unique way giving them foundational support to their lives and families which would trickle down to their teams.
Designing an event to bring in high-impact, influential speakers who specialize in leadership and relationships who can relate to the high demands of a coach as a career, a community leaders and mentor to youth all while juggling life as a spouse and often times parent and to improve coaches interpersonal skills to generate better leadership qualities on and off the field for their spouses and families.
Connections + Networking: (Guest speakers) Mary Suzanne Crockett, a specialist in relationships and co-author of Hidden Heart Ministries, offers valuable insight and resources to help people achieve better relational skills.
Grant Williams, founder of Revelop Institute, helps people connect with their purpose and potential with a main focus on building strong relationships and creating a legacy that will last for generations.
Strategy + Problem Solving: Filling a gap and implementing leadership skills and marrying them with relational skills for higher positive impact to trickle down to winning teams in marriage, family and sports.
Vision + Planning: A time out for coaches and wives to come and relax and enjoy one another for a night of food, fellowship and relational and leadership training to learn building blocks for a stronger family, community and ultimate success. Whether it's at WCA or in a gym, childcare will be provided along with food and usually a take home gift in the form of a book or resource.
Fundraising: I found sponsors and underwriters to support the efforts of the program.
"The principles on leadership were positive and supportive and really helped many. It gave hope under endurance and perseverance to improved relationships."
–Todd Moeller, Athletic Director of O'fallon Township High School.
CASE STUDY #1
DITTO ReSALE BOUTIQUE:
A joint venture of the Christian Schools Association of St. Louis (CSASL)
Need: Ditto was founded on a concept to create sustainability by unifying resources of seven local schools to regenerate income and help with scholarship opportunities for those in need. The goal was to get inventory, have space for operations and warehouse needs. That all started with capital needs.
Idea: Prepare a presentation to each of the seven schools involved to pitch the concept and raise funds via loans from each school. The need: Find someone with resources and warehouse space. Each Steering Committee member of each representing school held donation drives. I hosted Westminster Christian Academy's donation drive, organized volunteers to collect goods and store them in the donated warehouse space so we could hold pre-sales until funds and resources were ready for a storefront. As a team, we decided a monthly newsletter to each school would be the most resourceful and economical way to promote the events and stay current on progress of the store.
Connections + Networking: I made a connection to a local businessman and entrepreneur who had warehouse space for us to use until we secured our retail space and the store was up and running. This allowed us to collect items, store items and hold sales in the warehouse before the final retail space was obtained. This saved us $6,000 per month for approximately 12-13 months.
Connected with a local real estate firm who helped with the finalization of securing the retail space and then generously donated his $15,000 commission back to the project.
With the donated warehouse space stuffed to the brim, I secured another 5,000 square feet of space for free which allowed for another friend to unload most of his farm in two huge truck loads for 6 months which was approximately another $10,000 of antique furniture, consoles, bed frames, and household goods, etc., etc.
I connected local successful businesses to give their excess goods that weren't sold to the project as well. Jeans, Jackets, and Jewels was a generous donor with thousands of dollars of brand new items. Evereve was another generous donor that donated brand new clothing and accessories!
Strategy + Problem Solving: There were still funds to be raised and many volunteers needed to make the project happen. I coordinated with WCA on getting Ditto approved for senior service projects and also recruited many sports teams. I talked to the coaches on the baseball team and basketball team and both were more than willing to schedule the teams to come help move, organize, and volunteer their time. I also hosted luncheons and invited friends to sign up to help. I raffled high end donated purses in exchange for sign ups! :-)
One problem was an overflow of goods that weren't of high value that needed to be sifted out of the equation. I connected those items to be shipped out of the country to the orphans in the Ukraine. Other items were given to a local refugee who started his own resale shop with the overflow of goods for the Syrian refugees.
Vision + Planning: I helped come up with the tagline to the logo (a shopping experience worth repeating.)
Fundraising + Event Planning: SAVED $6,000 PER MONTH IN WAREHOUSE SPACE, SAVED $15,000 IN COMMISSION, SAVED ANOTHER $5,000 PER MONTH FOR 6 MONTHS WITH THE SECOND WAREHOUSE SPACE. HOSTED A JEWELRY PARTY AND INVITED PERSONAL FRIENDS TO SHOP FOR A CAUSE WITH PROCEEDS TO GO BACK TO THE PROJECT. PERSONALLY RAISED $5,000 FOR THE PROJECT!
CASE STUDY #2
POWERED BY HOPE: Teri Griege (Cancer Survivor) is a not-for-profit organization designed to offer hope to those diagnosed with cancer and other serious illness.
Purpose: Extension concept for "We Make the Medal, You Give the Hope" initiative which supports those living with a life-threatening battle, to acknowledge their fight and to inspire hope, inner strength and personal resolve.
Idea Generation: I had an idea for a pendant with the Powered by Hope logo so that people can wear a beautiful piece of jewelry while promoting Powered by Hope and also raise awareness and support for a growing need in healthcare. The idea is to empower ambassadors/reps to network market to generate a steady stream of ongoing income in an effort to educate people on preventative measures in a new and different way. I would wholesale the pendants to the ambassadors but also retail the pendants on my win boutique.
Connections + Networking: Everyone knows someone with cancer. The opportunity for networking and connections is vast. I have and will continue to make connections to empower people who want and are passionate about change. Connections and networking will be ongoing through partnerships with like-minded businesses and organizations who want change from the current system and structure of drugs and research.
Strategy + Problem Solving: My belief is people are tired of the same system that doesn't produce lasting results or a cure for disease. I want to strategically solve this problem by implementing better education on prevention and health along with the ability to reduce inflammation and alkaline the body. Bringing in health coaches who specialize in nutrition, doctors that understand all elements of the physical body and external issues including the environment, counselors that can help people deal with stress, and offer programs suited to helping people gain insight and understanding to all factors leading to disease.
Vision + Planning: Partner with like-minded organizations, businesses and people to help others suffering. Sell BPA free water bottles for a win/win. Partner with Powered by Hope to buy blankets for radiation treated patients and invite these patients to find better ways to eradicate radiation from their bodies after treatment.
Event Planning & Fundraising:: The Powered By Hope pendant was created to help raise funds for special events to educate people with disease.