This is the video we created for the North Bay Leadership Council for their 2016 Leaders of the North Bay awards. This video honors Matt Martin of Social Advocates of Youth (Caught in the Act of Leadership awardee) for his tireless work as a leader in the movement to get homeless youth off the streets of Sonoma County and back on track to becoming valuable contributors to the communities in which they live.
This is the video we created for the North Bay Leadership Council 2016 Leaders of the North Bay. This one honors Rachel Ginis and Lilypad Homes (Innovative/Entrepreneurial Spirit awardee) for her work in creating and implementing at the state level a way for existing homeowners to be able to continue to afford their homes while creating small “junior units” for rent to others who would not otherwise be able to afford to live in many areas where they work. Talk about a win-win!
For 2016 the North Bay Leadership Council selected a particularly noteworthy group of 5 individuals and businesses. This is the video we created for Andrew Giacomini, the “Building Community” awardee. Andrew has been instrumental in fostering community ties in Marin County, both on his own, and through the Buck Family Foundation where he serves on the Board.
For 2016 the North Bay Leadership Council selected a particularly noteworthy group of 5 individuals and businesses. This is the video we created to profile Wendy Lopez (Empowering the Latino Community awardee) and her work to bring health education and healthy eating (and brushing!) practices to Latino families in Sonoma County.
For 2016 the North Bay Leadership Council selected a particularly noteworthy group of 5 individuals and businesses. This is the video we created for Nick Papadopoulos and Cropmobster (Environmental Stewardship awardee) and their awesome social media campaign connecting farmers directly with consumers to move produce and other goods that are still viable but that would likely have gone to the landfill instead.
“We’re All In This Together” – The North Bay Leadership Council’s 2015 honoree for community building is Kathy Witkowicki, founder of Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. This video offers a brief look at Kathy’s contribution to the young people of Sonoma Valley through mentoring.
“Caught in the Act of Leadership” – The North Bay Leadership Council’s 2015 honorees include Lisa Carreño, Regional Director of 10,000 Degrees, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of high school and collegiate graduates in the Latino and other under-served communities in Sonoma County. We had the opportunity to interview this true trailblazer and learn about how she came to be where she is today, and her vision for 10,000 Degrees.
This brief video is the result. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.
The Leadership Council of the North Bay annually presents awards honoring individuals and organizations that demonstrate exceptional leadership in the North Bay. This year’s awardee for “Empowering the Latino Community” is Bob Florez of Sunny Hills Programs. Bob’s youth was spent in circumstances remarkably similar to those of many of today’s latino youth — marginalized and without a support network or many of the tools needed to move into a productive role in today’s society. The “YouThrive” program Bob developed directly and effectively addresses those needs at multiple levels.
In this short video, we learn about Bob and how the YouThrive program came to be.
“Paint the Community Green” – The North Bay Leadership Council’s 2015 honorees include the non-profit Redwood Credit Union, which has consistently championed environmental stewardship both within their own organization and among their members. We were granted a rare interview with CEO Brett Martinez, and got to take a climb up on the roof to shoot the massive array of solar panels just as a plane passed overhead.
2015 marks the fifth year we’ve produced videos for the North Bay Leadership Council. Imagine our surprise and delight when we learned that Letitia Hanke of ARS Roofing was going to be awarded “The Light Bulb Went On” award for innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. We originally met Letitia over 10 years ago and have always been impressed with her drive and her integrity – and the fact she’s created a successful, firmly-established, woman-owned business in a traditionally male dominated trade.
We have always enjoyed producing these videos for the North Bay Leadership Council, and this one was extra special. And as a bonus, we got to use some footage from our archives that we captured of Letitia singing (she was a music major in college) a few years back.
We hope you enjoy her story.