DT |Arvest Bank Presents Conversations from the Top, Natasha Kirsch, The Grooming Project
Conversations from the Top Series Sponsor
During our Conversations from the Top series sponsored by Arvest Bank, attendees will hear from key business leaders and community influencers as they dive into the latest issues impacting business performance, organizational culture, HR, marketing, sales, operations and many other business channels.
This month, learn how Natasha Kirsch and the Grooming Project are working to shift people from a place of poverty to self-sufficiency through their pilot program: Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child (EPEC).
How can professional training in high-demand, high-paying trades such as pet grooming begin to break the cycle of poverty here in Kansas City? Natasha will touch on how self-reliance, education, comprehensive community support and the undeniable bond between people and animals can make huge changes for struggling families.
Speaker Bios: Natasha Kirsch is the Founder and Executive Director of Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child (EPEC), which operates The Grooming Project. She believes in a two-generation approach to breaking the cycle of poverty. Basic needs for food and shelter must be met before a parent can focus on guiding children through school and out of poverty, so a living-wage, family-flexible career for the parent is key. Natasha's idea earned support from the UMKC Bloch School's Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge in 2013.
Natasha has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Iowa and an Executive Master?s degree in public administration from the UMKC Bloch School. She is passionate about working with single mothers with multiple barriers to entering the workforce, such as low reading skills or past incarceration and brings experience in both staff and volunteer roles for Healing House, Reach Out and Read, Community LINC and Stop Child Trafficking Now to the EPEC project.
Jarrod Sanderson is a listener, leader, influencer, difference maker, and solution builder with a history of successful organization transformation and change management. Jarrod combines his education and background in direct service with his desire to help nonprofit organizations operate at the highest level. His nonprofit experience spans sectors that include clinical counseling, housing, and youth, family and senior services. He is a respected leader across the nonprofit community, known for his collaborative approach and innovative solutions. He holds the National Institutes of Health Protecting Human Research Participants certification and is a Full Inclusion and Diversity Awareness trainer. Using his educational and experiential background, he has created a series of workshops to help direct-care staff fight the mental and emotional fatigue and burnout that is all too common. He also provides consulting services to help organizations develop an environment and culture that supports this thinking and practice. Jarrod is certified in Social Impact Strategy by the Colorado Institute for Social Impact.
Date and Time
Tuesday Jan 21, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Central Exchange Downtown 1020 Central Street STE 100 Kansas City, MO 64105