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Marcia Conaghan
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • United States
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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I read Margaret Wheatley's Leadership and the New Science about 4-5 years ago.
Tell us about your experience with Art of Hosting as part of your life and work. What would you say your competence in it is? (new, starting practitioner, experienced practitioner, steward)
I have been on the AOH listserv for several years and love reading about it. I practice parts of hosting in my work at Grace Hill Women's Business Center, and especially while running the WIBO program. WIBO is a 16 week series of workshops designed for people who want to start or grow a business. It comes out of Harlem and since 1966 has been running in NYC boroughs. St. Louis is one of 5 cities now affiliated with WIBO. It's case study/small group discussion methods lend themselves to circles and listening and helping others to learn about business ownership. My competence is in getting people to believe in the methodology and the way group work accelerates and motivates and builds confidence. We work with and focus on women and men from under0served, economically challenged urban communities. I have witnessed the power of this program as it incorporates aspects of AOH practices.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
Small business growth and start-up communities.
Where do you live/work?
St. Louis, Missouri
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Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
My passion right now is the WIBO program and taking it to other communities. My passion is also with AOH methods and theories and I am pushing and lately having a bit of success in interesting others in my organization to embrace AOH.

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At 12:42pm on January 12, 2014, Ursula Hillbrand said…

Hello, Marcia, welcome to the Art of Hosting ning! Glad to see you here. Post a photo when you can so we can really "see" you here. Then join in with all the conversations. You'll find plenty of resources here, too, to help you deepen your practice. We hope you will find value in exchanging in this virtual community!


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