My Work

Check Out Some of My Work.

Organization: Chicago SHRM
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 300,000 members in more than 165 countries, with the purpose to elevate the HR profession. From its beginnings in 1948 with only 28 members, Chicago SHRM has grown into a thriving organization of over 800 members today.
Service: Mākarshop
Title: Your Emotions Are Your Employees
Description: Led a professional development workshop for nearly 140 HR professionals at the Chicago SHRM annual conference on how spoken word poetry can teach team communication skills to manage workplace stress.

Organization: Gensler Chicago
Gensler is widely recognized as the world’s leading collaborative design firm and the world’s largest architecture firm.
Service: Performance & Presentation
Title: Impact Mākars Story
Description: Presented at Gensler’s Chicago office about branding your life experiences into a business and leveraging challenges into inspirational stories that market your values.

Organization: Grainger Inc
Fortune 500 industrial supply company that serves more than 3 million customers worldwide.
Service: Mākarshop
Title: Atelophobia – How to Overcome the Fear of Not Being Good Enough to Maximize Our Full Potential Individually and as a Team.
Description: Led a joint professional development workshop with the Point Foundation at Grainger for a leadership development event. The session focused on workplace identity and how spoken word poetry can open up dialogue and empathy for others as a way to better understand one another’s challenges and how to work together more effectively as a team.

Organization: Roosevelt University
Since its founding in 1945, Roosevelt’s mission has been to make higher education available to all students who qualify academically, regardless of their background.
Service: Mākarshop
Title: Teaching Is a Performance
Description: Taught a class of undergraduate students who were studying to become teachers. Class focused on incorporating spoken word performance techniques into their teaching styles by introducing disruptive classroom engagement methods to encourage an interdisciplinary style of learning.

Organization: DisruptHR Chicago
DisruptHR is an information exchange network designed to energize, inform, and empower people to share ideas about improving work.
Service: Performance & Presentation
Title: The 10 HR Commandments. Don’t Think Small. Think BIGGIE.
Description: For the annual DisruptHR Chicago event at 1871, I was one of ten speakers selected to present on innovative ways to shift traditional workplace culture. Performed a rap where each commandment was an example of how spoken word poetry communication skills can be transferred into the workplace. The audience consisted of corporate professionals from companies such as Google, Amazon, All-State, Blue Cross Blue Shield, among others. To see a video from this event, click here.

Organization: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. It pioneers innovative research that tackles global problems and expands the human experience.
Service: Presentation (Guest Lecturer)
Title: To Be Engaged or Not to Be Engaged? Poetry in the Classroom Answers the Question
Description: Presented my research to professors and undergrad students at the Illinois Summer Research Symposium on how poetry develops transferable communication skills in education and the workplace. Won the Outstanding Oral Presentation Award out of nearly 200 presenters.

Organization: College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR)
CUPA-HR is an association for higher education HR professionals that provides resources to promote organizational and workforce excellence.
Service: Mākarshop
Title: Your Emotions Are Your Employees
Description: Led a professional development workshop for nearly 200 HR professionals in the education and consulting fields that focused on relieving work place stress and how creative communication skills from spoken word poetry can build engaging workplace cultures. To see a video from this event, click here.

Organization: National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.
Service: Consulting (Multidisciplinary Arts Education Panelist)
Title: 2018 Multidisciplinary Arts Education Grants Panelist
Description: For 4 to 6 weeks, worked with a group of panelists and NEA staff to review, rank, and discuss nearly 50 grant applications submitted by multidisciplinary arts education non-profits from all over the country.

Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an acclaimed research institution with 15 colleges dedicated to the discovery and distribution of knowledge.
Service: Performance & Presentation (Guest Lecturer: 2015, 2016, 2018)
Title: The Art of Persuasive Storytelling
Description: Presented my research on how students and educators can apply poetic techniques and storytelling to increase student engagement and persuade their audience to buy into a message.

Organization: Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago is consistently ranked among the top universities in the country, and U.S. News & World Report recently named it one of the nation’s best values in higher education.
Service: Performance & Presentation (Guest Lecturer)
Title: Adversity Is Your University
Description: Presented how to use adversity to your advantage to learn and how spoken word poetry performance skills can train a vulnerability mindset to become an entrepreneur.

Organization: One Hope United
One Hope United increases opportunities for children and families by providing quality solutions that enhance lives, communities, and futures.
Service: Presentation
Title: Get Involved to Evolve
Description: Presented at Career Day for high school students on the importance of getting involved in student activities at high school and college and the benefits of creating your own path instead of following the status quo for personal and professional growth.

Organization: One Earth Film Festival
One Earth Film Festival is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability, and the power of human involvement.
Service: Performance
Title: Are You Really Leaving Me For Mars?
Description: Wrote and performed a customized spoken word piece for the 7th Annual One Earth Film Festival closing event at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Collaborated with the festival’s Executive Director on the themes and topics to poetically address environmental justice issues to inspire community change.

Organization: Uncharted Learning
Uncharted Learning’s INCubatoredu is a full-year course, and offers an authentic entrepreneurship experience as students build a business.
Service: Mākarshop
Title: Teaching is a Performance
Description: Led a professional development session at the INCubatoredu National Summit for high school educators who teach entrepreneurship from all over the United States. The session was about how educators can use performance techniques as a teaching style to engage students and the creative communication techniques entrepreneurs can learn from spoken word poetry. To see a video from this event, click here.

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