This year Weber Shandwick brought back No Boundariesa program that provides a stipend and five extra PTO days to employees to pursue a personally and professionally enriching experience. Katherine Hauser, a member of Minneapolis’ strategy team, was selected for the program. Here is a recap of her experience in her own words:

When applying for the program, I wanted to find something that would feed my brain and soul by combining two of my favorite things: international travel and structured learning (sign me up for a lecture on any topic, any day and I’ll be a happy camper).

I applied to attend a strategic thinking course put on by APG, the authoritative resource for planning and strategy, in London. Needless to say I was beyond thrilled when selected. This workshop, designed specifically for junior to mid-level planners, was the ideal complement to the mentorship and training available at Weber, and an opportunity to network and learn with fellow emerging planners. In addition to the course, I set out to explore as much of London as I could.

I came back from my experience armed with a dozen organizational tools and models to focus inputs and sharpen outputs. However, my No Boundaries adventure also taught me so much more – here’s my top three learnings:

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This year, the Weber Shandwick Minneapolis pro bono program was focused on supporting nonprofits in Minnesota working at the core of civility – organizations who promote youth education and development, leadership development, cross-cultural understanding, and diversity and equity, to name a few examples. When we heard the mission of our 2018 pro bono client, AMAZEworks, we knew they were a perfect match for our program.

AMAZEworks has operated within the educational system for more than 20 years, providing training and classroom tools to combat the development of unconscious bias. The organization’s research-based programs are intended for early childhood, elementary and middle school classrooms, and empower educators to create a safe and welcoming space for students to engage with their peers. In a world where unconscious bias is all too common, this curriculum is critically important – now more than ever.

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