Some people say that leadership is about titles, others think some are born leaders, and that predisposes them to hold an official role. . I say we are all leaders. Nothing helps a leader more than clarity of purpose, to see what is right and inspire others along those lines.  This blog is devoted to all the leaders who want to create a community where everyone is valued as gifted, and everyone belongs.  In this blog I’ll tell stories, ask questions, and ask that we all lead by example, with conviction and intention.   I’ll clearly share KenCrest’s purpose, and the how the agency and our amazing team members are committed to doing our part to create a better world for everyone.

Marian Baldini, President and CEO for KenCrest, and author of this weekly blog, reflects in a relevant way on timely themes of disability, advocacy, social consciousness, and the like.


I Want to Start a Movement:   We Need More Than Evolution 

June 7th, 2018 Uncategorized

When I was little, the Sears Wish Book would arrive weeks before Christmas.  These books had things I had never seen before and things my friends never owned. Ever the dreamer, I would dog ear the pages of things I really wanted and make notes on how much they cost. The sale price was a very important factor in whether…

I Want to Start a Movement: “With Liberty and Justice for All”

May 23rd, 2018 Uncategorized

It sounds familiar right?  These are the last five words of the Pledge of Allegiance. We used to say them every day at the beginning of school. I am reminded of these words at this time of year because we are starting the patriotic ‘season:’ Memorial Day, Flag Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day.  These days remind us…

I Want to Start a Movement: Small Kindnesses Make Big Opportunities

May 18th, 2018 Uncategorized

This past weekend, I planted flowers and I actually had help. My daughter provided me with two kinds of assistance: she helped get the plants in the soil, and she kept me company.  It reminded me of when I helped my grandmother. She had arthritis in her knees, so she handed me the flowers, and I would dig wherever she…

I Want to Start a Movement: Tell the WHY Story

May 8th, 2018 Uncategorized

At our Community Champions event, one of our donors, Kathleen Bohrer, visited the Job Fair. Inspired by the stories told that day, she decided to volunteer for us. As a recently retired nurse, mother of three, and a grandmother of three, she knows all about caring. Barbara Ballard, who handles our volunteers, connected her to our Yellow Springs supportive employment…

I Want to Start a Movement: Be Your Cool Self

April 30th, 2018 Uncategorized

Anyone who has read a good book, heard a great sermon, or even remembers a fun jingle or song, knows the power of words. Many sayings have been penned to summarize what words can mean and which words we should ignore; for instance, we all know, “sticks and stones will break by bones but names will never hurt me.” Today…

I Want to Start a Movement: Courage to Change the Things I Can

April 30th, 2018 Uncategorized

When I was growing up, the Serenity Prayer was on the wall of my grandmother’s dining room, done in very careful embroidery by my Aunt Margaret. The prayer makes a specific ask: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” This…

I Want to Start a Movement: Be Very Clear

April 30th, 2018 Uncategorized

Change is not comfortable. This became clearest to me when I decided to get off the couch and run a 5k, which is about three miles. I could barely go one block without a red face and heavy breathing. You need to move in new ways, think new thoughts, and talk differently.  The power of thinking is enormous. For instance,…

I Want to Start a Movement: Small Things Matter

April 30th, 2018 Uncategorized

Years ago, my mother worked for VISTA; she visited seniors with disabilities at home or in some kind of caring facility. My mom is one of those people we describe as having a sunny disposition. She has a ready smile and a kind word about almost everyone. She said she wished that more people would smile. Smiles, she says, are…

I Want to Start a Movement: Crazy Socks Matter

April 30th, 2018 Uncategorized

Wednesday, March 21st is the day we wear crazy and unique socks to raise awareness of Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal condition, occurring once in every 700 babies born in the United States.*  I had the opportunity this week to go over some research and reflect on some personal experiences. To my faithful blog followers, you will remember my cousin Joanne. I…

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