Who Dat: Trainer, Consultant, Burnout foe, Laughter fan. Susan's 25 years of full-time organizing and fundraising brought stress; 20 years of yoga dialed it back.
Fave school: UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!)
Fave dancing: Salsa, 5 Rhythms
Fave job: Green Corps organizer
Fave celebration: Annual summer solstice party
Fave mental health boost: Learning BTS & Twice dances via YouTube
Fave exercise: Handstands
Fave city: Baltimore (hometown)
Follow her @comfortconsulting (IG)
More at: www.nonprofitcomfort.com
Who Dat: Baltimore native, 15-years in education, pursuing Doctorate in Education, passionate about wellness for school leaders
Fave veggie: broccoli
Find Ty: Leading Hot Pilates class @ Bikram Yoga Works Riverdale Park
Fave dog: Bruce (don't tell the other 3)
Fave new hobby: feeding babies
Fave mental health boost: yoga class -- these practices heal my mind and my body
Fave way help people face limits: squats, planks
Fave quote: "Waves Will Come. Ride Them"
Who Dat: Fitness professional, former Early Childhood Educator, empowered woman empowering others.
Fave veggie: Asparagus
Fave work job: supporting others, children or adults, in their physical and mental growth
Fave school: Bowdoin College -- I love Maine!
Fave new hobby: Reading for my book club
Fave exercise: Spin (CycleBar NoMa) & HIIT (Sweat DC)
Fave mental health boost: exercise, music, walks
Fave foods: plantains & smoothies (not together)
Follow @gabbyl_fitness (IG) or check out her "Fitness Influencer" new year's goals in Jan 2020 Washingtonian mag
Who Dat: Social justice researcher, evaluator, learner, facilitator, manager of projects big and small.
Favorite exercise: biking, swimming, running, hiking, playing catch.
Favorite way to dance:
Salsa, when cooking in the kitchen
Favorite mental health boost:
7 minute daily yoga practice. Or stepping outside to take an air bath.
Favorite school: University of California Santa Cruz - worked there for a dozen years at the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community.
Favorite job: United Farm Workers; got my community organizing roots.
Who Dat: Foodie, yoga teacher, fundraiser, Colombiana, traveler. (Claudia & Susan built EWG's email list together.)
Favorite exercising: Power Yoga, sweat
Favorite dancing: Merengue, vallenato
Fave school: Rochester School (high school); I loved its focus on the arts.
Favorite job: Teaching yoga
Fave vegetable: Mushrooms on EVERYTHING
Fave snack: Pressed juice (w/ charcoal)
Fave family roles: Twin sis & Tia.
Follow her @clauxxarango (IG)
Who Dat: Environmental attorney, proud Tar Heel, long-distance runner, veteran vegetarian
Favorite snack: Old school carrots
Favorite dancing: Vigorously, in my living room, with my 5yo, to Michael Jackson.
Favorite job: I'm a board member of a not-for-profit, Just Bakery, staffed entirely by refugees. Humbling stories meets indefatigable work ethic meets immigrant pluck meets dark chocolate with sea salt cookies.
Favorite new habit: My office has a treadmill desk, perfect for opening email and returning calls, and makes every webinar a bit better.
Favorite mental health break: A call with one of my fantastic friends -- nurturing relationships and creating community always comes back, multiplied exponentially.
Who Dat: She applied her Masters in Public Health to corporate wellness programs, later specializing in mental health and serving on community boards. Candy also played (and ref'd) field hockey.
Favorite exercising: Walks, hikes, dancing
Favorite dancing: Free styling to rock-n-roll
Favorite vegetable: Any vegetable roasted
Fave school: UNC-Chapel Hill....not an alum but always dreaming of it
Favorite job: Occupational health and safety
Favorite healthy snack: Popcorn
Favorite mental health boost: Planting annuals, good comedy
Favorite family role: Grandma (see above)
Who Dat: Graphic designer, Social media whiz, strong / proud Indian woman, Wellness advocate with BFA and MFA. Lives in Sydney, Australia.
Favourite family roles: Wife, Daughter, Household leader
Favourite Dancing: Bhangra, Free style rock and roll
Favourite Drink: Soy Latte, Lassi, Fresh Juices
Favourite Veggies: Lettuce
Fave mental health boost: Running, motivational podcasts, cooking
Favourite new habit: Waking up at 5am and going to the gym
Favourite Hobby: Traveling (Mountains), Doodling
Who Dat: Evaluation wizard, Public health researcher, Organizational change agent. Mauri & Susan wrote grants and longitudinal surveys for trainings and student organizing 20 years ago @EnviroCitizen.
Fave veggie: Roasted cauliflower
Fave work job: UC Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
2nd fave job: Amusement park, dressed as pioneer, made funnel cakes
Fave family jobs: Dog ma, Twin ma
Fave hockey team: Pittsburgh (it causes family strife)
Fave mental health boost: "My Favorite Murder" podcast
Fave hobby: Background actor on TV shows (eg. Homeland)
It's not enough to support self-care. Especially when we're not good at it (read about our "tough it out" culture here). But we can use wellness as a tool for teams to build trust and take care of each other.
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