Member Spotlight | Growing Up Knowing

Kimberly Hillard
President and CEO
Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Futurism at work
This summer, I joined thought leaders from Mississippi and across the country in the FutureGood Studio’s futurism training program. It was transformational. This experience redefined my outlook, both professionally as a nonprofit leader and on a personal level. It fundamentally altered the way I approach work and staff engagement and envision the future for both myself and the clients we serve.

Professionally, Futurism Training has equipped me with invaluable tools to navigate the rapidly evolving needs within our low-wealth BIPOC community. The brainstorming sessions led by the industry leaders were effective. Through virtual networking, we were challenged to address real-time issues and quickly craft strategies together.

Embracing a forward-thinking mindset has allowed me to craft innovative grant proposals, programming, impact reports, etc. Thought-provoking activities like guided vision board exercises, fringe research, virtual networking, and the art of transcending beyond ‘loving the problem’ pushed me to imagine beyond the present limitations.

The impact of Futurism Training extends far beyond problem-solving skills. It has unleashed higher creativity and heightened expectations for a brighter future for our West Jackson neighborhood. The curriculum is thoughtful and well-developed. I am profoundly thankful for the knowledge I’ve gained through this program. It has elevated my professional abilities, and I am a more empathetic and forward-looking leader. I plan to continue to apply these newfound skill sets and share guiding principles of futurism with the staff, board, and community. Lastly, this training has bolstered my ability to navigate the complexity of funding and resource allocation that, hopefully, lead towards the sustainability of our organization and community.

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