Get an inside look at the conversation on the bus ride home from our first WE.INVENT road trip. And now a special message from the PureReinvention crew…

If you don’t listen to any other part of this podcast, listen to the end starting around 22 minutes. All of the awesome women that took this trip with us tell you their best takeaway of the day – and it’s really cool.

“She made it very clear to stay informed…and be a life-long learner.” ~Amanda Toy, Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau (5:48)

“Even though you’re making plans and setting goals, you want to stay open to the changing environment [there’s a lot of good stuff that you should listen to in the middle here, then she makes this awesome comment] One thing I learned in motorcycle safety class is you go where you look.” ~Bonifer Ballard, Executive Director, Michigan Section, American Water Works Association (15:05)

Jump to 7:55 to hear Dru Mitchell, Clinton County Economic Alliance, give advice on working through your fears to make the next move.

Around 10:54 Julie Novak, Michigan State Medical Society, tells a story about why the question, “You’re a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust, what do you have to be scared of?” hit her so profoundly.

1 – Connecting through your network is important, but it’s ultimately up to you to get the job done.
2 – Make sure you’re saving bandwith for learning and keeping up with current trends.
3 – Thrive instead of survive by letting gratitude be stronger than fear.
4 – Be deliberate but flexible about what you do and where you are headed.
5 – You go where you look, and if you’re not looking, you’ll wipe out!

Direct download: Episode_49_WE_INVENT_-_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

EP 48 - Bonnifer Ballard


In this episode, Bonnifer Ballard, executive director of the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) fills our cup with ideas on how adult learners are - and should be - critical consumers of professional development, what she thinks is meaningful educational content and where association deliverables are headed.


“I’m really interested in understanding how your worldview and your experience helps me understand my worldview and my experience better.” (7:58)

“One of the reasons that I follow PureReinvention is because it has forced me to start thinking differently about that association world.” (17:07)


Around 8:40 Bonnifer explains why she thinks storytelling is a powerful and effective method for adult learning.

Listen at 20:15 to find out why Bonnifer says it will be the bravest association leaders that will survive and how you can make sure you’re one of them.


1 - Quality development that builds you up to the next level in leadership and learning is worth the price of your time and money.
2 - As a learner, it is your responsibility to own the information you receive in order to turn it into something useful that you can apply in your world.
3 - Telling stories is a valuable way to share experience and knowledge, and the lessons are more likely to stick with the listener.
4 - Members are consumers, and their expectations for quality and meaning are rapidly evolving.
5 - The shifting concepts of association management require taking a different approach to the same services you’ve always offered, like member engagement and education.

Direct download: Bonnifer_Ballard_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Jodi Schafer Promo WEINVENT



In this show, Jodi Schafer, owner of HRM Services and co-founder of the PureReinvention Project, shares some amazing advice on how to make the jump from doing what's reliable and safe to what's untested and unknown.

Jodi tells personal stories and drops plenty of wisdom bombs that will have you rethinking what fulfillment really means and where you're headed next.

“Opportunities came along and I said yes even though I was scared.” (3:02)

“Sometimes you don’t realize you really were unsettled until you find yourself jumping toward something else.” (14:20)

Fast forward to about 8 minutes in to hear Mike ask Jodi for advice on how we can coach ourselves through the process when we take on something that we aren’t totally sure we can handle.

At 12:05 Jodi talks about fulfillment, and the feeling of searching for something more.

1 - Say yes to new opportunities and challenges even when you’re afraid or unsure of the outcome.
2 - If you find yourself still searching for something more, that means it’s time evaluate what’s next.
3 - Being unsettled is usually the first nudge to take a step toward change. 
4 - Build an intimate network of support from those you trust the most. Those people will be the first to question the limits you’ve imposed on yourself and help you break free from them.
5 - It’s ok to change paths and go a different direction. When you stop being fulfilled by one thing, scan the horizon for something new that speaks to you.

Direct download: Jodi_Schafer_WE.INVENTfinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

Jeanette Pierce Promo

There's no other way to say it: Detroit can give you first-hand experience and unforgettable lessons that will make you re-examine what you thought you knew - about the city, about reinvention, and about your every day experiences.

Jeanette Pierce, executive director of Detroit Experience Factory, has been letting the city be her teacher for more than a decade. In fact, she is living a reinvention lifestyle inspired by a place she has been familiar with since she was a kid.

There is so much to learn from Jeanette's story, like her approach to entrepreneurship and her passion for her work, we dare you to listen to this podcast and not be curious to learn more about what you can learn from the people, places and projects in Detroit.


“As much as I know about Detroit, I’m still learning stuff every day.” (7:05)

“We’ve had people come from all around the country to learn from the people, places and projects here - to see how we’ve (reinvented) outside the box...actually we’ve done it without a box at all.” (22:53)

Around 5:35 Jeanette talks about her experience growing up in Detroit and then returning after living abroad as a metaphor for discovering something new in a place where you thought you knew it all.

Jeanette has a really good description at 10:25 about why experiencing Detroit is something that “you can’t Google.”

Then at 18:35 she uses one of her beloved metaphors to illustrate how quickly change began springing up on the streets of Detroit, like popcorn.

1- Coming at an old idea in a new way (in Jeanette’s case, experiencing Detroit on foot) can give way to a new understanding of something you thought you understood.

2 - Adding realistic but firm deadlines helps motivate you to stay on track and keep working toward your goal.

3 - There is a difference between doing research and getting first-hand experience.

4 - Change usually takes on a popcorn effect; first it starts slow and steady, then begins popping faster and more sporadically.

5 - Detroit is a working laboratory for people who are curious about how to nurture a change-oriented environment with room to grow and do.

Direct download: Jeanette_Pierce_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT






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