McKenzie Wren, professional facilitator and former Executive Director of the Clarkston Community Center, has spent her life and career cultivating the tools of connecting with other human beings, and in doing so building strong and healthy relationships, trust, and safe spaces in which McKenzie and those she knows can practice and celebrate the art of being fully human…and recognize through that this is the center of a healthy, fulfilling and joyful life.
Lessons from the Show
McKenzie talked to us about her life, livelihood and humanity and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- The importance both to productivity and happiness of being aware of whether you feel welcome and included, and whether you are offering a feeling of welcome and inclusion to others;
- The power of stories, and of intentionally making space and creating to listen to the stories of others;
- Working on bringing your whole self to whatever you are doing, of being real, of being fully human.
We also talked about a number of useful resources:
McKenzie Wren helps improve organizational culture by focusing on collaboration and inclusion. She is a skilled facilitator who honors the power of community to solve its own problems. Her particular areas of focus are helping businesses and non-profits create cultures of collaboration and inclusion. She helps groups and organizations increase their sense of community specifically by assisting with communication flow and increasing engagement. She brings an asset-based approach to all that she does and uses collaborative and participatory tools to make sure all voices are heard. She excels in helping teams and coalitions thrive by supporting participants in creating shared vision and processes. Underlying all of her work is a commitment to social justice and racial equity.
McKenzie believes that community is wherever people gather: a meeting, a neighborhood, an organization, a faith-based institution or simply a group of people coming together around a common vision.
McKenzie holds a BA from American University and an MPH from Rollins School of Public Health and is trained in The Collaborative Operating System and Asset-Based Community Development. She is an instructor at the Rollins School of Public Health and her clients include Emory Institute for the Liberal Arts, Feminist Women’s Health Center, C4, West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, and Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School among many others. She serves as First VP of Congregation Bet Haverim, lives with her husband and two sons in Atlanta, and loves her electric bike and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies!
You can contact McKenzie by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find out more about her businesses at wrenconsulting.net.
This is episode # 170