Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Mistinguette Smith is a performance consultant who helps public and nonprofit organizations to make, and measure, social change. Her approach is informed by two decades of work in public service management and organizational development, and her experience teaching health, human service, and food security leaders how to achieve strategic results by working with difference. She is also the founding director of The Black/Land Project, which gathers and amplifies stories about black people’s relationship to land and place. She is on the faculty of the Center for Whole Communities and is a trainer with the Interaction Institute for Social Change. She is a graduate of Smith College, she holds the MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management from New York University, and is certified as a diversity trainer by the Equity Institute and the US Department of Health and Human Services. She has written a play - Freedom In The Air, which is about the Montgomery Bus Boycott as network organizing. A Midwesterner by birth and a city person by nature, she lives with her wife in Northampton, MA.
Seven billion and growing. Drastic global biodiversity losses. The looming spectre of global climate change. We have a long way to go to forge a sustainable future. Sustainability is a concept and value that only a minority of Americans embrace, with the remainder of the population unaware, skeptical, or unconvinced that actual behavioral change is needed.
Earth in Peril - Leaders Needed: Leadership is clearly one part building a sustainable path to our collective future. The purpose of this lecture series is to expose an audience of students, staff, faculty, and public to a variety of leaders and their stories, in order to encourage a personal path to leadership.
The weekly series for Spring of 2014 invites national and local leaders to share their stories of how they came to rise to the challenge of leadership. The collection of leaders that are participating reflects a diversity of pathways to leadership that can help us understand working for change and inspire many of us to continue to explore our own pathways to contributing to a sustainable world.