Preparing for the Next Generation of Recreation Leaders with Art Thatcher

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Today I talked to Art Thatcher, who is a Principle with GreenPlay.  A LOT is changing in the world of parks and recreation. I had the privledge of sitting down with Arthur Thatcher with GreenPlay LLC to talk about the ways the young professionals are changing the face of recreation. I love his perspective on […]

Creative Marketing Strategies with Katy Keller

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  Katy is Raising the Bar: By showing up online and offline in so many different professional networks.  She gives VALUE. By understanding her own habits and implementing strategies that would catch her own attention on social media. By empathizing with her audience so that they can relate to their agency By implementing systems to […]

Engaging the Public: Conservation & Recreation with Keri Konold

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“I encourage professionals to not be daunted by public engagement, but rather embrace it… so our communities whom we serve can go out and have experiences that they value.” Keri Konold Tweet I had the pleasure to interview Keri Konold on the podcast this week to talk about public engagement in relation to conservation and […]

Emerging Trends in Parks and Playgrounds with Dustin Graham

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In this episode, Dustin Graham talks about emerging trends in parks and playgrounds.  We get deep into how playgrounds are the foundation for skill building and risk taking. What does the future of parks look like?  What happens when cookie cutter playgrounds get replaced by unique, creative, and imaginative structures? [podbean resource=”episode=4w3ka-938597″ type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”3″ […]

Starting a Parks and Recreation Department from Scratch

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Jay is Raising the Bar By: Trusting his team, their decision-making, and their ability to get the job done Investing in professional development and educational opportunities for his staff Taking a unique and engaging approach to communicating their offerings to their community In this episode, you’ll learn: The steps Jay took to lead a new […]

Starting a Parks and Recreation Department from Scratch with Jay Tryon

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“There’s really no such thing as failure because we are constantly learning and growing as a team — and also as individuals — to help the community.” Jay Tryon Tweet Jay is Raising the Bar By: Trusting his team, their decision-making, and their ability to get the job done Investing in professional development and educational […]

Inspiring Pride in Parks & Recreation with Angela Summers

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“We’re gonna help you be somebody.” Angela Summers Tweet In this episode, you’ll learn: New ideas and tactics for interviews and onboarding – specific advice for both interviewers and potential employees How to set a strong foundation for staff culture from day 0 Why Imposing our own expectations and using scare tactics on others is […]

Collaborating for Public Health in Parks with Jo Burns

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Raising the bar means realizing that parks and recreation truly is a key player in the world of health. Jo Burns Tweet Jo is Raising the Bar by: showing that small steps are actually big steps when it comes to improving the health of your community. simple conversations can have a ripple effect once we […]

Let’s Talk Inclusion with Director Melissa Battite

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“I was very comfortable, I was very challenged, I loved who I worked with… but I thought, if I don’t take this opportunity to just try, I’ll never know.” Melissa Battite Tweet Hey everyone, thanks for tuning in again!  This week I had the opportunity to talk with Melissa Battite (CPRP!), who is the Director at […]

Professional Development for Parks & Rec Leaders with Anthony Iracki

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“You are a caretaker of the community, but you need to take care of yourself first.” Anthony Iracki Tweet In this episode, I had the great opportunity to interview Anthony Iracki, MS, CPRP, for an exciting conversation about professional development in the field of parks and recreation. As a young professional, Anthony has some truly […]