Jelani Memory on Using Books to Have Difficult Conversations With Kids

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In The Interview: Episode #13, Ciara Pressler interviews Jelani Memory, author, publisher, and startup founder with a successful exit. Jelani and Ciara talk about… His company A Kids Book About How books can help give kids permission to have difficult but necessary conversations Being a creative story teller Making mistakes in building a company Self selection in publishing How his books allow children the dignity of having complicated lives and real fears Jelani Memory is an author, publisher, and co-founder of A Kids Book About, a collection of children’s books that kickstart challenging, empowering, and important conversations for kids and […]

Barbara Chen on the NYPD, Communication Strategy, and Positionality

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In The Interview: Episode #11, Ciara Pressler interviews Barbara Chen, strategic communicator, independent consultant, and writer. Barbara and Ciara talk about… Nuances of working inside a major city police department Honoring the complexity of complex problems Considerations when shaping a complicated message The danger in seeing police brutality as isolated incidents rather than recognizing the totality and continuum of indignity, injury, and injustice Positionality in the current discourse Barbara Chen is an independent consultant and writer in New York who has held major communications roles at the NYPD, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Columbia University. She moved to Manhattan from L.A. after […]

Lindsey Murphy on Creating Content and Encouraging Kids to Think Critically

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In The Interview: Episode #06, Ciara Pressler interviews Lindsey Murphy, Web Television Show Host, Public Speaker, and Founder. Lindsey and Ciara talk about… Adapting content to what an audience needs in a safe but still entertaining way Jumping head first into new opportunities Creating content for a quality web series The importance of getting paid for the work you do, especially as a woman and/or person of color Encouraging kids to think critically and learning to question everything Lindsey Murphy is the award-winning creator and host of The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey, YouTube’s most beloved kids science web […]

Lessons Learned Along the Way: A Pregame Intern’s Recap

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It’s crazy to think that my (almost) 3 months here at Pregame are up, but alas, the time has come. As I am preparing to head back to school, I can’t help but reminisce on these past few months and the unimaginable experience that I have had this summer as Pregame’s intern. Bottom line: I have had the most rewarding, fulfilling, informative, motivating, and fruitful summer and it is almost all by virtue of my time here at Pregame HQ. I just want to thank Pregame for this summer spent growing and learning in an involuntary capacity that I have […]

Cultivating Diversity: The Courage to Confront Our Biases

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I’m ashamed to admit that I avoid talking about diversity because I worry that I will open my big mouth and commit some gross gaffe, causing extreme discomfort for everyone and and intense shame for myself. I worry I will reveal an “implicit bias” that unveils what an unconscious bigot I am and I will be rejected. By everyone. But, we are all biased. Our brains would self-combust if we didn’t use filters to sift through the onslaught of data and sensory experiences we encounter daily. Scientists estimate that we have conscious access to only 5% of our brains. So […]

Co-Existing in Tokyo

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I never imagined I’d go to Tokyo. I always said there was so much to see in the US that the thought of traveling overseas seemed so… foreign to me. But, in the Fall of 2016 I found myself with the opportunity to travel to Japan with a group of 12 -14 year old female gymnasts, two of their coaches, a parent chaperone and my husband, the delegation leader, for an 8 day adventure. We had an itinerary filled with a mix of tourist and insider opportunities, as one of the coaches was Japanese and returned to his home country […]

Featured Artist: Travis Somerville

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Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern sea board, he briefly studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, finally settling in San Francisco where he attended the San Francisco Art Institute, CA. His large scale oil paintings on paper mounted to canvas incorporate collage and present images of political and cultural icons associated with the history of the south. His work explores the complexities of racism and serves as a point of departure for discussion about US oppression and colonial attitudes abroad. It has […]

Impact: The Alzheimer’s Association

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The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. It was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research. Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through its headquarters in Chicago, a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and a presence in communities across the country. The Alzheimer’s Association has been recognized as a top large nonprofit to work for by The NonProfit Times, the leading information provider for the nonprofit sector. Tracy Morgan is the Executive Director of the Oregon […]

Past Present Podcast: LIVE! Libraries, the Hamptons, and the Summer of Love

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In this week’s special live episode of Past Present, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate funding cuts for libraries, the history of the Hamptons, and the legacy of the Summer of Love. Libraries Donald Trump’s proposed budget allots zero federal dollars to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We discussed the history of public libraries in America during our live taping at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, New York. The Hamptons Although the Hamptons is known as a favorite summer destination spot for Manhattan’s wealthy, the region has a long and diverse history, including a historic summer […]

Impact: LaunchCode

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LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization that creates routes to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology. LaunchCode partners with over 300 companies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups, and matches them with job seekers through a unique mentorship and paid apprenticeship program. Located primarily in the St. Louis and Miami areas, LaunchCoders also work in Chicago, Atlanta, Fort Knox, Seattle, Portland, and other locations. LaunchCode was co-founded by Square’s Jim McKelvey in 2013. It has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, npr’s Marketplace, and TechCrunch for its tremendous impact in the tech industry: creating 500+ new jobs in tech, […]