When we talk with Detroiters about Intermitten and mention speaker Lauren Hood’s name, we repeatedly hear one word in response: angel. With a reputation like that, we know that she is doing incredible work in the community and inspiring those around her! It’s one of many reasons why we are so excited and grateful to have her share her insights and expertise at Intermitten this year.

Lauren is a Community Development Consultant, and in her talk, “Entering Spaces Respectfully & Thoughtfully: Considerations for Operating in a New Community,” Lauren will encourage us to shift our gaze when we enter new communities. More specifically, she will help us understand how our life experiences shape how we see communities and inspire us to leave our preconceptions behind. We asked Lauren to share more about herself and her career, and this is what she told us.

What inspires you to do what you do?

Locally, I see a lot of people with knowledge and ideas that aren’t actively participating in this movement of change. I’m working to encourage a shift in consciousness on the part of those driving change to see the value of “natives’” contribution, and on the part of those who are historically left out, to demand inclusion and leadership roles in this critical moment in our city’s history.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to do similar work?

Stay focused on the mission, and maintain integrity at all costs. Relationships are everything!

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your career?

A “job” is not the same as your “work.” Jobs are just a platform for you to execute what you define as your vision for positive change. That’s “the work.”

Click here to learn more more about Lauren, read about all of this year’s speakers, and then get your Intermitten 2018 ticket to hear their wisdom and interact in person.