December 21, 2022 at 1:07 PM

How Grief and Vulnerability Led to Building a Podcast Community

The following blog was submitted by the November Powered by Purpose guest speaker, Sara Davis.

In 2016, my dad passed away. This hit me particularly hard - harder than any other loss I'd experienced up to that point and for many layered reasons. Mainly, I lived far away from my parents for many years, and I didn't see it coming. Even though he was weakening from his leukemia diagnosis, I could not imagine a world without my dad in it. He was such a force of life. And aside from the primary loss (his death), I was mourning the secondary losses, like the milestones he'd never be there for and the constant cheerleading he'd always done from the sidelines of my life.

 My dad was a strong advocate for community work, and though I didn't know it at the time, he was working through me in some ways—to connect me back to the core of who he was and who I am. I walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela route in Spain to spread his ashes. I walked for him, but I found myself opening up with other pilgrims about my story and grief. I was leading with vulnerability for the first time in my life. As a result, I found myself starting to heal and formed deeper connections with those around me.

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November 4, 2022 at 12:09 PM

Cultivating Organizational Culture Through "Rounding"

Powered by Purpose was honored to lead a workshop at last month’s Women Lead Change conference, focusing on the benefits of purpose in the workplace and individually. As part of our panel discussion, Tammy DeHaai, vice president of People Strategy for Graham Construction Company, presented how her organization puts their purpose in action. Not only have they put in the work to identify Graham Construction’s organizational purpose, they also prioritize efforts of putting it into practice that helps empower employees to recognize their own purpose and how it fits into their role with the company.

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October 12, 2022 at 9:21 AM

Purpose In Retirement Planning

This blog was based off the September 2022 Powered by Purpose Speaker Series event presented by Steve Whitty and Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier.

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September 8, 2022 at 1:29 PM

Our Rally "Cry"

This blog is being re-posted with permission by its author, Beth Shelton, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa CEO. Shelton was the August Powered by Purpose guest speaker. Watch Shelton's Powered by Purpose video here.

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August 10, 2022 at 10:48 AM

The Place for Purpose in Business Rises to the Top

Michelle-Weil_16_PD (1) (002)-3Guest blogger, Michelle Weil, Organizational Engagement Consultant, ethOs shares her insight on the importance of working for a purpose driven company.

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April 7, 2022 at 1:41 PM

Thriving with Purpose

Mary Sellers, President of United Way of Central Iowa, reflects on her purpose and shares phrases on leadership that have influenced her throughout her career.

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March 2, 2022 at 12:28 PM

Showing Up with Purpose

In the February 2022 Powered by Purpose Speaker Series, we invited four local professionals to share their experiences in developing leadership and volunteer skills, and how what they’ve learned has transformed their involvement in the community and their purpose today. Here is a recap of the discussion and key takeaways.

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December 9, 2021 at 1:48 PM

Empowering Empathy in the Workplace

Powered by Purpose Speaker, Alysa Mozak, who is an educator and consultant with Blossoming Pathways, LLC, provides insight on why empathy and compassion make a difference in the workplace in this guest blog. 

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October 12, 2021 at 10:06 AM

6 Tips for Manifesting Abundance

Vanessa McNeal is a certified mindset and manifestation coach, and one of our Powered by Purpose Speaker Series event speakers. We were honored to have her share these 6 tips for manifesting abundance and more - and now we're excited she was willing to share them with you here! 

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August 17, 2021 at 3:27 PM

Finding Purpose In the Doing

In this guest blog post, shared from, Christi encourages us to follow in her mindful efforts of finding purpose through the act of doing rather than finding purpose in the end result. So, what feels purposeful to you, regardless of the end result?

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