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9th Jun 2021

Lives Radio Show & Podcast – Sandra Reding

Sandra Reding joined the Aksarben Foundation as President in 2017, where she oversees and implements its strategic direction. For over 100 years, the Aksarben Foundation has been focused on giving time, energy, and resources to create a better heartland. Enabling talent to flourish in Nebraska has become a focus of the Aksarben Foundation over the last few years. In our conversation, Sandra talks about this evolution and the Foundation's more recent strategic pivots in order better to address issues of today and tomorrow, not just around retaining talent but also about being more inclusive, diverse, and equitable.

A well-established figure in philanthropic endeavors, Reding's past positions including Executive Director of Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha, President of the Joslyn Art Museum Foundation, Director of Development for Lauritzen Gardens, and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at College of Saint Mary. 

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About the Podcast

Lives Radio Show & Podcast with Stuart Chittenden
A weekly conversation with fascinating people sharing their personal stories and their impact on the world
Fresh voices and diverse perspectives on culture, community, business, and more brought to you in this weekly conversation hosted by Stuart Chittenden, founder of the conversation consultancy Squishtalks and co-founder of the creativity and design thinking consultancy Gilbert+Chittenden. From the Midwest and beyond, fascinating guests share compelling stories spanning the fields of politics, business, media, community activism, arts and humanities, philanthropy, and more. On air since January 2017, Lives Radio Show & Podcast initially broadcast on the community radio station Mind & Soul 101.3FM in north Omaha, housed at the Malcolm X Center, and more recently broadcasts with 1st Sky Omaha.

About your host

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stuart chittenden

Born in sight of England’s Canterbury Cathedral, I’ve called the American Midwest home since 2004. Formerly a London lawyer and an Omaha brand consultant, since 2016 I have dedicated 100% of my time and efforts to Squishtalks, a conversation catalyst I started in 2010. Squishtalks has collaborated with numerous community groups and businesses.

Believing in conversation’s power to connect, in 2015 I undertook the community project “a couple of 830 mile long conversations,” adventuring in an RV for four weeks along side roads and among small towns to talk with Nebraskans, discovering the lives, cultures and stories of people I met. Currently I am engaged in “Stories from the Redline” in collaboration with The Union for Contemporary Art’s exhibition exploring the pernicious human impact of redline housing policies.

In addition, I cofounded the creativity agency Gilbert+Chittenden in 2017, collaborating with creativity expert Dan Gilbert using design thinking to help individuals and organizations creatively realize their best futures.

I hope you'll join me in listening to the compelling stories from my fascinating guests on Lives Radio Show & Podcast.