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Ready or Not? Preparing for Change

Change is needed, but change is hard! People and organizations are hardwired to resist change - even change we want. But business as usual leaves 40% of Michiganders* without enough resources to meet their basic needs and a natural environment at continued risk to local and global threats. Creating more thriving communities requires change at many levels: from the way we think and behave to the way we work together in organizations, networks and communities. Pack a lunch and join us for this interactive workshop, where we will go upstream to explore how to prepare for change. We will assess our own individual and organizational readiness for change and explore techniques to overcome some of the most common challenges that keep us from successfully adapting.

*Michigan Association of United Ways ALICE Report, 2017

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May 22 | Noon - 2pm | FREE | University Center Rm. 07 | Instructor: Freya Bradford.

Freya Bradford has worked with nonprofit organizations, Native American tribal governments, units of local government and networks for 20 years to help plan, resource and evaluate social change efforts.

Currently, Freya is Director of Strategy and Learning for Rotary Charities in Traverse City, Michigan. She leads the foundation’s first grant category focused on systems change as well as the foundation’s strategies to help support changemakers to work better together.

Prior to this work, Freya was the Director of Program Development and Evaluation for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians where she led the Tribe in securing over $17 million dollars in federal, state and foundation funding for projects in 12 tribal government departments and their Economic Development Corporation. Early in her career, Freya was a Program Coordinator for the Michigan Public Health Institute near Lansing, MI. There she led statewide and national evaluation initiatives in diverse program areas including violence against women, juvenile delinquency, and a national study of tribal justice systems.

Freya holds a Master's Degree in Social Work Administration, Policy Analysis and Evaluation and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Michigan State University. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan with her husband, Jeremy, their two children Henry and Anna.