Leadership Meetings & Outcomes

Our Leadership Meetings consist of brief presentations where we highlight “pockets of effectiveness” in the community.  “Pockets of effectiveness” are existing change efforts that are successfully accomplishing their intended outcomes.  Following the presentations, we have small group discussions.  Each meeting serves as a platform for highlighting successful initiatives, allowing a representative to share insights, information and effective strategies for success.  As a result, leaders and community members better understand initiatives and have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and give feedback.

Our Leadership Meetings cover a variety of different topics. Listed below are the meeting notes from all past meetings.

2014 Meeting Notes

December 4, 2014 – Holiday Party
Maria Borden and Kathy Szenda Wilson gave a brief overview of the Pulse Survey.  The survey is a collaborative data-collection effort designed to help stakeholders understand the conditions affecting the families of vulnerable children ages 0-5 in Battle Creek, with the intent of exploring and improving the delivery of health, education, and financial services and supports to those families.  The survey was launched in summer 2014; data was collected from 574 vulnerable families across 14 data collection sites in Battle Creek.

October 23, 2014 – ALICE and Our Community
Panelists shared their perspectives about what’s working, the gaps that prevent families from navigating/accessing needed supports and the struggles families face in working to gain financial stability. Panelists included: Scott Cubberly, Director of the EDGE Program at Goodwill Industries; Melissa DeDie, Clinician from the Calhoun County Wraparound program; Melanie Gardner, Healthcare Advocate at the Family Health Center of Battle Creek; Chad Kyger, owner of CTI Mechanical Contractors, Inc.; Holly McKee, Director of Student Services at KCC.

September 25, 2014 Meeting – Strengthen ALICE, Strengthen Community
Speakers:  Peggy Gagen from the United Way of the Greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region and Brain Pittelko from the W.E. Upjohn Institute discuss the impact of and opportunities to support ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) in our community.  Click on the following link to view the full ALICE report – The ALICE Report Michigan.  To view Peggy’s presentation, please click on the following link – United Way ALICE.  To view Brian’s presentation, please click on the following link –  Upjohn Institute ALICE.

June 26, 2014 Meeting – Strategic Reflection and Innovation 
A meeting designed to reflect upon, learn about and discuss the work participants have been doing together to impact community indicators in Calhoun County. Group members worked within their focus areas to answer questions designed to enhance learning, reflection and identify ways to move their work forward.

May 22, 2014 Meeting – Community Impact through Youth Engagement 
Speakers: Jeffery Jones from Calhoun Community High School and Rebeca Tani, Colin Dunmire and Mike Warner from the Calhoun Area Career Center shared their ideas, experiences and solutions about supporting at-risk students and increasing the number of students exposed to manufacturing and trades.

April 24, 2014 Meeting – Influencing Public Policy
Speaker: Greg Moore from Senator Mike Nofs’ Office discussed how local organizations and businesses can play a part in influencing public policy.  Helpful tips were shared along with the “don’ts” of approaching elected officials and influencing policy decisions.  Please click on the following link for Greg’s presentation – Greg Moore Presentations (Do’s and Don’t of Public Policy)

March 27, 2014 Meeting – Community Data Collection Project
Speaker: Anji Phillips from The Coordinating Council shared maps which have been geocoded using birth records to identify areas with high numbers and high rates of poor birth outcomes.  Currently there are several agencies in Calhoun County including the Family Health Center, Summit Pointe, Charitable Union, WIC, Home Visiting programs, and the Health Department which are providing data into a centralized system in order to identify which services the women who experienced poor birth outcomes have received.

February 27, 2014 Meeting – EDGE Program & Engaging Diverse Perspectives
Speakers: Scott Cubberly from Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland and Laura Otte from United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region and the Beacon Community initiative.  Shared information about the the EDGE Program which is designed to impact employment outcomes and discussed how to engage diverse perspectives via Community Conversations and use public knowledge in decision making processes.

January 23, 2014 – Empowering Collaboration & Creating Strategies that Work
Speakers: Adam Dingwall from the Battle Creek Family YMCA, Doug Grosso from Personal & Professional Wellness and Kathy Szenda Wilson from BC Pulse.  Shared information about the Community Activity Program to impact health outcomes and discussed how to determine root causes of community issues to help inform strategies.

2013 Meeting Notes

December 5, 2013 – “Annual Holiday Meeting”
Overview: The 2013-2014 TCC Community Report Card was introduced and distributed.  Groups used the  TCC referral tree to identify resources that could be used to help people within various case study scenarios.

October 24, 2013 – “Economic Impact of Improving Community Outcomes”
Speakers: George Erickceck from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.  Further refined focus areas within P-12 education, employment and access to healthcare.  Identified opportunities to use existing assets and resources to work towards achieving outcomes.

September 26, 2013 – “Using Assets to Achieve Outcomes”
Speakers: Amanda Lankerd from Project 20/20, Rod Auton from The Coordinating Council, Thomas B. Jankowski from Wayne State University and Graham Patton from Cooking Matters at the Store.  Identified focus areas of K-12 education, employment and access to healthcare.  Meeting held in conjunction with The Coordinating Council.

May 28, 2013 – “A Community Conversation about Battle Creek”
A facilitated conversation about community aspirations, what’s keeping us from making progress and what might make a difference in strengthening Battle Creek.  The conversation notes are posted as follows:

Group #2 Notes – Facilitated by Mac McCullough, Note Taker – Paulette Porter
Group #3 Notes – Facilitated by Kathy Szenda Wilson, Note Taker – Nelson Karre
Group #4 Notes – Facilitated by Talia Champlin, Note Taker – David Nielsen
Group #5 Notes – Facilitated by Laura Otte, Note Takers – Lyssa Howley & Cheryl Peters

March 27, 2013 – “Opportunities for the Next Generation”
Speakers: Laura Otte of United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, Carla Fernández-Soto of Voces and Ed Ouellette of Biddergy.com

2012 Meeting Notes

January 25, 2012 – “Managing Uncertainty in Healthcare Reform”
Speakers: Mark Crawford of Bronson Battle Creek and John Christ of Buckenberger Insurance Associates

March 28, 2012 – “Building a College-Going Culture in Battle Creek”
Speakers: John Severson of Harper Creek Community Schools, Raheem Faulkner (student) of Battle Creek Central High School and Selena Melvin of Battle Creek College Access Network

September 26, 2012 – “Creating Connections for Economic Success”
Speakers: Dr. Preston Hick of the Global Food Protection Institute, Esther Owen of Heritage Leasing & Property Management and Vince Pavone of Lakeview Ford Lincoln

November 28, 2012 – “Frameworks for Positive Results”
Speakers: Brenda Hunt of the Battle Creek Community Foundation, Martha Thawnghmung of the Burmese American Initiative/Burma Center and Mike Bivens of Be A Leader Coaching LLC

2011 Meeting Notes

January 26, 2011 – Thriving in Battle Creek: Tools & Strategies for Small Business Success
Speakers: Cheryl Peters of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Tyler Upston of Upston’s Lawn and Garden and Jeff Samson of Malia Mediterannean Bistro

March 23, 2011 – Building a Strong Community One Child at a Time
Speakers: Dr. Dennis Bona of the Battle Creek Educators’ Task Force/Kellogg Community College and Rico Bailey, a college student

June 20, 2011 – Moving Levers to Affect Real Change
A meeting to create Project 20/20’s Phase II Plan, facilitated by Carla Dearing

September 28, 2011 – Battle Creek as an Open & Inviting Place to Do Business
Speakers: Tetsuo Ozaki of Toda America Inc., Michael Facenda of FireKeepers Casino and Mike Wood of Team Active Cycling & Fitness

2010 Meeting Notes

January 27, 2010 – New Directions in Education Our Children & Our Community
Speakers: Dale Kimball/Pete Christ of the Battle Creek Educators’ Task Force

March 24, 2010 – Working Together to Reduce Health Disparities in Calhoun County
Speaker: Jill Wise of the Regional Health Alliance/Battle Creek Community Foundation

May 26, 2010 – Youth Making a Difference in Our Community
Speakers: Jim Pearl and Abby Buckley of HandsOn Battle Creek & Adam O’Neill, a HandsOn intern

September 22, 2010 – Battle Creek Downtown Transformation in Progress
Speaker: Karl Dehn of Battle Creek Unlimited

November 24, 2010 – Accelerate the Momentum in 2011
Facilitated by William Burton of Common Ground Resolution Services/Harwood Institute Certified Coach

2009 Meeting Notes

January 28, 2009 – Economic Development
Speaker: Doug Voshell of Battle Creek Unlimited

March 25, 2009 – The Business of Healthcare
Speaker: Beth Beaudin-Seiler of the Western Michigan University College of Aviation and Patient Safety Organization One

May 27, 2009 – Downtown Revitalization
Speaker: Jim Hettinger of Battle Creek Unlimited

September 23, 2009 – Recruiting and Retaining Talent in Battle Creek 
Speaker: Celeste Clark of Kellogg Company

November 25, 2009 – Project 20/20 Year in Review and 2010 Strategic Direction
Facilitated by John Barrett of Humanergy, Inc.

2008 Meeting Notes

June 25, 2008 – Leadership Meeting Minutes
Project Mission and Vision Development

July 23, 2008 – Leadership Meeting Minutes
Hardwood Institute Discussion

August 27, 2008 – Leadership Meeting Minutes
Successful Collective Action