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November 22, 2023 in Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Featured, Technology, Why AMEND?

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Level Up Cincinnati and AMEND Consulting Walk the Walk in Non-Profit Corporate Collaboration

October 20, 2023 in AMEND Culture, Culture of Giving, Featured

Pictured: Paul Delaney, AMEND Consulting Partner, along with members of the Cincinnati Level Up Board at their Inaugural Match Day Picnic.

What is Level Up Cincinnati?

Level Up Cincinnati, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underserved first-generation college students through coaching, mentorship, and enrichment programs, has hit the ground running in its inaugural year, in part due to the invaluable support of its corporate partner, AMEND Consulting.

The value of giving back to the community

AMEND Consulting, a talent-led management consulting firm specializing in partnering with privately held, industrial middle-market companies, is renowned for its focus on delivering tangible and tailored solutions. Rooted in a hyper-competitive yet authentic and family-oriented culture, AMEND Consulting takes pride in nurturing the unique talents of its team members and fostering individual development and growth.

Additionally, AMEND Consulting’s commitment to personal and professional growth extends beyond the workplace. Paul Delaney, Partner at AMEND Consulting, emphasizes their core value of giving back, stating, “Active community participation is essential at AMEND. We actively seek opportunities to get involved and make a positive impact in the Cincinnati community.”

AMEND’s support of Level Up Cincinnati

AMEND’s involvement with Level Up Cincinnati goes beyond financial support. The company has generously contributed its time, resources, and expertise to help the organization achieve its mission. From assisting with CRM implementation to developing and piloting curriculum, measuring key performance indicators, and providing meeting spaces in their office, AMEND has played a crucial role in enabling Level Up Cincinnati to scale its program.

“We are immensely grateful to AMEND for their unwavering support,” expresses Jim Rodarte, Executive Director of Level Up Cincinnati. “Having a committed partner willing to roll up their sleeves and drive impactful projects is truly a game-changer. We consider ourselves fortunate to have them as allies in this endeavor.”

The impact of Level Up Cincinnati on the region

By supporting first-generation Black and Latinx college students from low-income families, Level Up aims to address the opportunity gap and create a more diverse and inclusive workforce in Cincinnati. The impact of Level Up extends far beyond individual students; it strengthens the Cincinnati community by fostering talent, cultivating future leaders, and promoting social and economic equity. Through its partnership with AMEND Consulting, Level Up Cincinnati can amplify its impact and create lasting change in the lives of these students and the broader community.

Pictured: Level Up students and mentors

Adam Seal, Senior Technical Analyst at AMEND, who has closely collaborated with the Level Up team, shares his perspective on the broader impact: “AMEND, along with other esteemed organizations in Cincinnati, recognizes the significance of diverse backgrounds and experiences in the workforce when seeking new talent. In the coming years, I hope we can establish a pipeline of Level Up scholars directly joining the AMEND family.”

Delaney is particularly bullish on the impact of Level Up in the community. “Ensuring positive outcomes for first-gen students of color is going to have a ripple effect in our community that is incalculable. Corporate citizens and individuals have multiple ways to support Level Up. It’s time for us to step up and support these amazingly talented scholars”.

Non-profit corporate collaboration fosters substantial change

AMEND Consulting exemplifies a corporate partner that wholeheartedly engages in non-profit work to effect substantial change. Their contributions have enabled Level Up Cincinnati to expand its reach and help more students realize their aspirations. Their willingness to provide resources and knowledge is invaluable, and it sets an example for other companies to follow. 

Uplifting Women through the Power of Partnership | Ascending Women Series

October 11, 2023 in AMEND Culture, Culture of Giving, Featured

Uplifting women is crucial for fostering a more inclusive society where diverse talents and perspectives can be celebrated. At AMEND, one of our core values is that “we are invested and win together.” Bettering our community has always been a main component of who we are as a team and has directly translated into our involvement with MadTree Brewing’s Ascending Women Series.

What is the Ascending Women Series?

For the past two years, AMEND has been a proud sponsor of the Ascending Women Event Series hosted at MadTree Brewing Company. Ascending Women is monthly speaker series that involves strong, inspiring women who have overcome big challenges. It has been an opportunity to connect, learn from, and grow with each other.

Since the series was created in 2022, AMEND has sponsored 12 events at MadTree. Within these events, over 500 members of the community have been able to hear the stories of 38 remarkable women. According to MadTree’s Impact Report, in 2022 alone, $7,660 was raised for the nonprofit 1% for the Planet.

Ascending Women was started to allow AMEND, MadTree, and other community members to learn from amazing female leaders around Cincinnati. It has been a great space to collaborate with like-minded people and businesses, hold up the voices of women, and spread impact. Every event is unique and features a new set of panelists and discussion theme. Some of the previous themes have been: Self Love, International Women, Connecting with Nature & Each Other, and Pride.

This year, we held our second annual Internal Ascending Women event:

Last summer, AMEND and MadTree launched our first “Internal Ascending Women Event.” This event included a panel of two ladies from the AMEND team, and two from the MadTree team. We continued to build the momentum of spotlighting our teams this year as well, by having the following panelists:

  • Kelci Ruscello – Senior Analyst, AMEND Consulting
  • Kiara Shaw – Prep Cook, MadTree Brewing
  • Laura Strahlendorf – Kentucky Sales Manager, MadTree Brewing
  • Leslie Nienhaus, VP of People, AMEND Consulting

The theme of our internal event was “Finding Your Worth,” which was about understanding and appreciating the unique strengths, experiences, and talents that make each person remarkable. This event served as a reminder that worth is not determined solely by external factors, but rather by recognizing the intrinsic value that resides within you.

The panelists left us feeling inspired and motivated

All four panelists inspired the crowd to find their worth in every aspect of their lives, work towards setting goals that magnify their values, and utilize their worth as a force for positive change. A few highlights from the speakers include:

  • Kelci: “Put yourselves in hard situations to grow and know your worth.”
  • Kiara: “My daughter is my worth.”
  • Laura: “Put yourself first and remind yourself that you are capable.” & “Self-reflecting and thinking back to how far I have come gives me more confidence.”
  • Leslie: “Confidence until you conquer.” & “Root your worth in your values.”

By providing a platform for these amazing women, we can learn from their lived experiences and have an opportunity to grow and develop our community further.