Looking back at 2015
Looking back at 2015, we are grateful for the passionate work of our team, creative collaboration of our partners, and generous support of our donors. A visual walk through some of this year’s highlights:
Our Executive Team held a planning retreat, followed by a lighthearted session of co-creating our 2015 Vision Board inspiring the work, play, and impact ahead.
We hosted a local Psychological First Aid training and subsequently were accepted into an inaugural train the trainer program with Dr. Robert Macy of the International Trauma Center (pictured here at last year’s conference) with a commitment that all NRI trainings will be trauma informed, providing best practices on how not to re-traumatize those who have experienced trauma.
Some members of our Executive Team and Board of Directors gathered to celebrate the selection of our CEO, Dr. Mollie Marti, by the Corridor Business Journal as a 2015 Woman of Influence.
Grateful for all of the wonderful Resiliency Matters TV guests (thank you Mediacom MC22), including this month’s filming with humanitarian Tererai Trent of Zimbabwe and bestselling author Gretchen Rubin (thank you to IWCL for generous coordination support).
We hosted a virtual training on best board practices for our newly expanded Board of Directors… and since a photo of a computer or telephone wouldn’t be very exciting, we’re opting for a fun throwback to our conference team celebrating our first annual event.
A NRI team travelled to Israel for immersion training with the Israel Trauma Coalition on evidence-based whole person, whole community supports before, during, and after trauma. Our organizations currently are collaborating on an international Think Tank to create preparedness and response tools for communities around the world.
Team members participated in The National Academies of Sciences “Developing Community Resilience Measures” Workshop, one of a series of events being held in Linn County, Iowa, as part of a 2-year pilot studying the resilience of post-disaster communities.
We expanded our networks and knowledge when our CEO was invited to serve on the steering committee for the International Transformational Resilience Coalition and join the inaugural Psychosocial Disaster Resilience Group convened by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
We hosted our annual conference with expert speakers from across the country, Africa, and Switzerland – with facilitated applications and networking time. A special thank you to Wounded Warrior Project and the National Association of School Psychologists for generous sponsorship and sharing of information through high caliber speakers.
Our CEO joined documentary producer Robert May for a Kids for Cash screening on Capitol Hill hosted by the Coalition for Public Safety followed by a youth curriculum development meeting with Scholastic at their NYC headquarters (with this amazing hallway carpeted with corporate values).
A NRI team learned with some Midwest resilience changemakers, most notably ND-GAIN (photo inspiration from Notre Dame business school) and the Ashoka Foundation, through whom we toured the student-founded, student-run Youth Initiative High School, the first U.S. high school to join Ashoka’s network of Changemaker Schools.
We welcomed the ITRC as a 2016 Resilience Forum partner and began preparation for our annual conference to be held in Chicago on Nov 2-4, 2016 (mark your calendars now!).
Thank you for walking through 2015 with us – and for your continued support ahead!