Welcome To Ascend Advisors

  • Coaching

    COVID-19 has created an unprecedented moment in time where being a leader means keeping your agency afloat amidst uncertain times and pivoting programming to enable social distancing while providing social services. No one has all of the answers but sometimes you just need someone to listen. I’m a confidential sounding board for Executive Leaders & Board Members-giving them a coveted space to vent, think, or simply ask questions.

  • Strategy & Facilitation

    Strategy is not played in one move, but several and over a long period of time. I help leaders consider their eventual end game goals & strategies and the tactics to get there. I am currently working with libraries, an intermediary youth development network, and a small business to help them think through their next year-with or without COVID-19 quarantine.

  • Event Planning

    I am just getting started on the 12th Annual MyCom Youth Voice Awards, a celebration of those who promote a positive youth voice in our community, one of my absolute favorite events to manage. Last year, the event over 400 attendees, 20 youth voice award nominees, 10 winners, 5 arts performances, 4 video congratulations and 1 unbelievable Master of Ceremonies, Brandon Simmons of WKYC 3 Studios.

  • Nonprofit Business

    This Fall 2020, I have big shoes to fill for Dr. Bernard Turner, Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Belmont University. I will be covering his undergraduate courses and look forward to revisiting Good To Great And The Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins and getting an updated education from Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever Changing World, the 3rd Edition by Jill Kickul and Thomas S. Lyons

  • Fund Development & Communications

    The first quarter of 2020 started great and then came tornados and COVID-19. In the aftermath, funding focus has shifted in good ways for those who need it most and as a challenge for clients who had to cancel pivotal events. Through it all, the philanthropic community of private, public and individual donors have bolstered my belief in the strength of partnerships and human compassion.