On April 5, six Phoenix Connectors
met up at Paradise Bakery for the first time. They all came from
different backgrounds, ranging from editorial to corporate to education.
left to right: Anne Furlong, Meg Matlach, David Jenny, Meha Narain, and
Cheryl Piedrasanta. Not shown is Tonia Jenny who graciously took the
Amid the sweet smells of baked goods, the group had a lively conversation that got the ball rolling.
“I didn’t have any particular expectations other than a group of open
and friendly people. We had a good time getting to know a little about
each other and shared book and documentary movie favorites which I
particularly liked hearing about,” says Meg,
founder of e-card site HarmonyWishes. “I love getting ideas and being
inspired to create a better world through others’ stories.”
They talked about what their role as Connectors would be—admittedly
waiting on Action Groups to help clarify it—and kicked around ideas
about how they’d spread the word once they perfected their ‘elevator
pitch.’ Anne suggested they try to get time on the local PBS station, for example.
They also discussed the 3Qs to help inform their next meeting on April 26, where they’ll hone in on Team goals.
For Meg, she’s excited to enlarge her sphere of social good.
“My past volunteer experiences have been very positive but they have
been singular in their objective and tied to a specific cause,” she
says. “Idealist is trying to expand beyond the traditional model of
volunteerism and provide something much larger in scope through their
worldwide platform. That’s exciting!”