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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 | Whitney Anderson-Harrell: The Desk Drawer Fund

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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

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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??

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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

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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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Beyond The Mission | Bernadette Johnson: Inspired Action Motivates

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April 23, 2021 9:00 AM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen talks with Author & Consultant, Bernadette Johnson on the Michigan Business Network. They discuss the importance of Leading from the Middle as a tactic to cultivate and retain talent in organizations and particularly in nonprofits to maintain institutional knowledge and decrease staff turnover.

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Beyond The Mission | Leadership Culture & Characteristics

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November 10, 2020 11:00 AM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen talks with Chief Results Officer, Integrated Strategies Inc. Steve Trecha on the Michigan Business Network. They discuss Leadership characteristics and using Steve’s trademarked Leadership definitions: Acceleration and Depression, he discusses how these can be strengthened or weakened in different scenarios including a global pandemic.

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Beyond the Mission | CSR & Triple Bottom Line

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November 9, 2020 1:00 PM

Vicki Hamilton-Allen talks with Executive Vice President, Business Operations of Emergent BioSolutions, Adam Havey on the Michigan Business Network. They discuss the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility and how investing in the community cultivates long-term positive impact for community stakeholders, employees, and the financial bottom line.  

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Beyond the Mission | Welcome Vicki Hamilton-Allen to MBN

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November 9, 2020 8:00 AM

MBN is excited to announce a new show to the network, Beyond the Mission! In this pair of interviews, as is MBN tradition Chris Holman welcomes to the network, show host and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Capital Region, Vicki Hamilton-Allen.

Vicki shares her time as CEO of Habitat for Humanity as well as the organization's mission, with a service in Ingham and Eaton Counties of Michigan. In the second interview Vicki interviews Chris to discover his perspective on non-profits and their impact on the economy. Vicki is excited to use the new MBN show, Beyond the Mission, to help inform and educate the business community about non-profits, sustainability, and solid business practices.

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Building Social Capital through Membership Associations

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October 28, 2020 8:00 AM

In business, networking is a critical skill. Memberships to associations or Business Chambers can help leverage networking opportunities for businesses both large and small. The term Social Capital refers to the relationships and interconnectedness that each of us have and use in our daily lives. Associations or Chambers often have commonality amongst the members.

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