September 22, 2016 @7pm
InsideOut Gallery, Traverse City, MI
Fulfillament is a storytelling event where five local community leaders and entrepreneurs will take the stage to tell their journey of how they found fulfillment through vocation- the inside story. Each storyteller will issue a challenge for the audience to do something to find fulfillment in their own lives. A $500 grant is awarded to an audience member with a good idea that needs some help to get it started.
TICKETS: $9 online or $10 at the door
Doors at 6:30, 7PM event starts
Bill Pallidino, Taste The Local Difference
Betsy Coffia, NMC and For State Rep!
Gary Jonas, The Little Fleet
Kate Pearson, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
Glenn Wolff, Artist and Musician
BILL PALLADINO – Taste the Local Difference Project Director
Bill has sustained roles as Executive Director, Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Instructional Designer, CEO for Hire, Economic Development Director, and Keynote Speaker with over 25 years of management and business ownership experience. Bill left his corporate training and consulting practice in 2012 to join the Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI) staff after spending several years on its board of directors. MLUI brought Bill into the organization specifically to help transform Taste the Local Difference (TLD) and to accelerate its growth potential to serve more communities. Bill currently serves on the board of Michigan Good Food Charter steering committee, the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance (managers of the GT Food Innovation Hub), Blackbird Arts and is Chair of the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network. He is well known in Michigan for his work assisting small businesses, nonprofits, communities and economic development agencies.
“Service is not something you imagine doing at the end of your life hoping you’ve left enough time to make a difference. It’s a purposeful act done every day, as the center of your world, while letting the rest of your life fall into place around it.”
KATE PEARSON, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
A lifelong resident of Traverse City, Kate brings to her position a deep love of the region and appreciation for the wonderful people who make up our community. Kate’s interest in land stewardship and preservation was ignited while studying in Krakow, Poland, where she observed first-hand the positive influence that good community planning can have on the quality of life for future generations. Kate earned a B.S. in Community Development from Central Michigan University. Before joining the Regional Land Conservancy, she was the Visitor Center Manager for the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Kate enjoys outdoor recreation of all kinds, making art, reading, and creative writing.
“Notice what makes your eyes sparkle. Those sparkles are lighting up the way to one of your callings”.
GLENN WOLFF, Artist and Musician
Glenn grew up in Traverse City. He studied Printmaking at Northwestern Michigan College, and received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His career began in New York as an illustrator where he also played music in several clubs. In 1987 he returned to Northern Michigan concentrating on fine art and book illustration. He is best known for his illustrations in the books of Jerry Dennis, starting with 1992’s It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes, and most recently A Walk in the Animal Kingdom. Glenn’s mixed media fine art is represented by Tamarack Gallery in Omena, Michigan, and at his studio in the Traverse City. His work has been shown throughout the US and Canada both publically and privately. He also on the art faculty of Northwestern Michigan College. You can catch him playing bass with several local collaborating artists.
“My job is to make marks on paper or canvas and pluck strings on resonate wood. The marks become images and the plucks become melody and rhythm in collaborations with the greatest writers, musicians, environmentalists and humans that I have ever met. Sometimes these marks and sounds tell my own stories of interior and exterior landscapes, our estrangement from them, and our journey back.”
GARY JONAS, The Little Fleet
Gary Jonas and his wife Allison have been in the restaurant and bar business for over 10 years. They opened our first restaurant called The Farm on Adderley in Brooklyn, NY in 2006, followed by a bar called Sycamore Bar and Flowershop in 2008, and The Little Fleet in 2013. They live in Traverse City with our 2 daughters Madeleine and Viola.
I love creating environments that makes people want to enjoy life and celebrate. Nothing gives me more joy than to see smiling faces and excitement for what we are doing.
BETSY COFFIA, NMC and Polititian
Betsy is the Director of Alumni Relations at NMC and is also running for State Representative. She grew up in rural Kalkaska County and over the years has served as a journalist, social worker and change maker to Northern Michigan communities.
“I can’t explain exactly why I do what I do, only that I see the things that are easier to ignore. And I cannot unsee. I am driven toward justice and compassion by a fire in my belly that won’t be quenched no matter how many times I may fail.”
Chelsea and Shea are the co-creators of Fulfillament, a live storytelling event featuring local community leaders who share their journey towards fulfillment through vocation that will challenge you to come alive.
“My mission in life is to use what I’m good at and passionate about for good, and to inspire others to do what makes them come alive and make a difference in the world.” Chelsea is a graphic designer, creative consultant, life coach, speaker and conscious entrepreneur. Through her company C.Bay Design she offers branding, design, creative consulting and coaching specifically for environmentally and socially responsible companies and organizations. She has designed for iconic TC brands such as The Workshop, Yen Yoga, The Redheads, Left Foot Charley, Esch Road Foods, Just Good Chocolate and countless others. Through her newest venture,The Conscious Entrepreneur, she is a life coach and consultant for individuals looking to create or find meaningful work that is aligned with their values, strengths, and what makes them come alive – from the inside out. Her coaching empowers others to make ideas happen, be successful and make a difference. Having lived and traveled around the world, Chelsea is a native of Traverse City.
Shea, as a creative and a life coach, she is a self-proclaimed relational strategist who connects with people for a purpose. Shea is endlessly curious about people and has dedicated her life’s work to preserving the art of conversation and engagement, which is the foundation of her one-on-one coaching work. A recovering evangelical, she brings spiritual undertones to her writing, thinking and humor. As a writer, she has contributed to Kinfolk, The Life Artist, Culture Keeper and her own blog. By day she is an intraprenuer as Director of Marketing & Business Development for a financial firm where she also produces and co-hosts a weekly radio show. You will find her most alive when she is conversing with YOU! Quote to live by: “Be curious, not judgmental.” -Walt Whitman