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Beyond the Mission

Beyond the Mission, hosted by Vicki Hamilton-Allen, welcomes friendly discussions with high-caliber guests to explore successful strategies, tactics, and tools being leveraged by some of the largest nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the State of Michigan. Many business practices discussed can be scaled and implemented or leveraged in organizations pursuing missions over profits. Hamilton-Allen seeks to unveil a small gem of interesting personal information about each of her guests too! Topics include business strategies, triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, and interesting perspectives.

1:00 PM every Wednesday
Replay: 7:00 PM, 1:00 AM, 7:00 AM


Recent Posts

Beyond the Mission - The Business of Nonprofits - The Fledge and the Impact of COVID19 on Community Programming

Beyond the Mission
December 30, 2021 8:00 AM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen covers the topic of COVID-19's Impact with Jerry Norris the CEO and Founder of the Fledge located in Lansing MI. Especially looking into the Impact of COVID19 on community programming.

Jerry now serves as the CEO of the Fledge, a radically inclusive ideation and maker space, incubator, and accelerator located in Lansing, MI. He also serves as the Chairman for the GAIA, Solutions, Power in Passion, and the Fledge Music Group.

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Beyond the Mission - The Business of Nonprofits - COVID Series - Impact on Small Talk Children's Advocacy Center

Beyond the Mission
December 2, 2021 2:00 PM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen covers the topic of COVID-19's Impact with Small Talk Children's Advocacy Center Executive Director, Alex Brace. He discusses Child Abuse & Neglect and the impact of COVID-19 on the center, and their ways of helping children. 


Alex Brace is a licensed counselor in the State of Michigan. He is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy and specializes in working with children and adolescents who have been impacted by abuse and trauma. He's been with the center since 2011.

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Beyond the Mission - The Business of Nonprofits - COVID Series - Impact on Ele's Place

Beyond the Mission
November 15, 2021 8:00 AM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen covers the topic of COVID-19's Impact with Ele’s Place Director, Kristine Kuhnert. She discusses grieving children and families, especially how they've dealt with the COVID era.


Kristine Kuhnert serves as the Director of Ele's Place-Capital Region. She has been active with Ele’s Place as a volunteer starting in 2006 and began her employment in 2013.

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Beyond the Mission - The Business of Nonprofits - COVID Series - Impact on Ele's Place

Beyond the Mission
November 14, 2021 9:00 AM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen covers the topic of COVID-19's Impact with Ele’s Place Director, Kristine Kuhnert. She discusses grieving children and families, especially how they've dealt with the COVID era.


Kristine Kuhnert serves as the Director of Ele's Place-Capital Region. She has been active with Ele’s Place as a volunteer starting in 2006 and began her employment in 2013.

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Beyond the Mission | COVID Series - Impact on Insurance with Lyman & Sheets Insurance Agency

Beyond the Mission
November 5, 2021 4:00 PM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen covers the topic of COVID-19's Impact on the Insurance Industry with Lyman & Sheets Insurance Company. Her guest: Matt Waligorski!
Matt Waligorski is an insurance agent with Lyman & Sheets Insurance Company in Lansing, MI. He has earned the title of an expert when insuring the construction and commercial sectors with his 20 years of experience.

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Beyond The Mission | Whitney Anderson-Harrell: The Desk Drawer Fund

Beyond the Mission
April 23, 2021 5:00 PM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen talks to Chief Community development Officer, Whitney Anderson-Harrell, from Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. Anderson-Harrell

Anderson-Harrell shares the inspiration and vision for the new foundation: Desk Drawer Fund. Anderson-Harrell provides more details on the Five Philanthropic Pillars of the fund: Arts & Culture, Youth Empowerment, Stable Housing, Financial Education, and Fostering Entrepreneurialism. The fund has quickly become a force for positive growth in the community and has the energy to have many chant, ‘Go Green!’

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Beyond The Mission | Mike Hess: Take a Breath with the COPD Dude

Beyond the Mission
April 23, 2021 4:00 PM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen talks to respiratory therapist, Mike Hess, also known as the COPD Dude, from the COPD Foundation. Hess shares important information about COPD and breathing issues in general. He explains how other factors such as social and environmental determinants intersect with healthy breathing. Hess also discusses COVID-19, a known respiratory virus, and its impact on the COPD community. Take a deep breath and listen for the next 10 minutes.

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Beyond The Mission | Marissa Tawney Thaler: Illustrating & Advocacy

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April 23, 2021 3:00 PM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen talks with the incredibly talented, Lansing-based, freelance illustrator, Marissa Tawney Thaler on the Michigan Business Network. They discuss some of Marissa’s projects and her ability to advocate for social justice by designing beautiful art to convey powerful messages in children’s books.

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Beyond The Mission | John Mashni: Fun, Family & Fairy Tales – A Wise Business Model??

Beyond the Mission
April 23, 2021 1:00 PM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen talks to local lawyer, John Mashni of Foster Swift Collins & Smith about something other than law. Mashni recently penned a fairy tale about a Tooting Princess. You will have to get a copy to enjoy the fragrant details of this new children’s book that is really full of beans! This podcast is filled with valuable lessons including how to be entrepreneurial as a growing family and how he used the production of this book to instill life lessons and basic business skills to his children such as: budgeting, planning, and philanthropy to name only a few.

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Beyond The Mission | Jermaine Ruffin: Urban Planning for Social Change

Beyond the Mission
April 23, 2021 11:00 AM

(Hip Hop Hooray)

Vicki Hamilton-Allen talks with Jermaine R. Ruffin, Director of Development for the City of Detroit and an unrelenting advocate for inclusive Urban Planning and champion for the greater presence of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color in its practice. They discuss Urban Planning and how to affect social change through intentional design of the built environment and how humans interact with that space. Ruffin is also the founder and host of The Streets are Planning Podcast where he discusses urban planning, cities, hip hop culture, and community development with his guests. The Streets are Planning highlights the unheard voices, stories, and impact of community leaders working in cities and neighborhoods across the globe. www.thestreetsareplanning.com/

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