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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 learned of this community through the Art of Hosting Illinois.
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've been providing parent cafes in the chicago public schools, early learning programs, and head starts for the past 5 years, and have incorporated it's principle into my everyday interactions; whether one on one, on in group dynamics. The Art of Hosting's flexibility in approach's have change the way I facilitate my meetings, focus groups, planning meetings, and the way co-creat and develop training.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
Community Development, Agency-to-agency collaborations, and parent/community engagement.
Where do you live/work?
Chicago, IL
Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
There are many great outcomes from my work that I can gift to the Art of Hosting network.

Music, Art, Dance are other interests, but my passions are empowering others in whatever capacity.

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At 2:47pm on September 5, 2011, Kathy Jourdain said…
Renee, thank you for the feedback.  It is always nice to know that what I write from my experience also resonates for others. Thank you for the work you are doing in the world.  We need all of us.
At 5:48pm on September 3, 2011, Mary Alice Arthur said…
Hugs back!  Looking forward to seeing you this October, oh yeah!!!
At 5:50pm on August 19, 2011, Mary Alice Arthur said…
Delightful to see you here -- and looking forward to catching up when I get back to Chicago in October!
At 6:35am on August 14, 2011, Benjamin Aaron Degenhart said…

Hi Renee, welcome to our Online Community!


Sounds great, you're well into the field already, thanks for joining!

Feel free to add a profile picture - makes it more human to connect to you and i can add you to our collage :)


I hope this space will be meaningful for you and also inspire your contribution - please don't hesitate to ask Mary Alice or me if you have questions about this site since we are hosting the online space these days. Welcome again!



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