E-Project: It Takes a Village

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You can’t do this alone! This is the time to talk to as many people as possible to understand who might be able to help you. Do you need an advisory board or board of directors to help guide you and make introductions? How and when do you use your community to your advantage?  Ultimately you may be in a situation where you need to hire. What do you need to know to have employees, how to find them and ultimately keep them. Learn about all this and more with Jillian and Amy! 

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This is an on-going series. You only need to register once for all 8-weeks.

SPEAKERS: Jillian Copeland and Amy Fredenburg 

Jillian Copeland, Founder Main Street Connect

Jillian wears many fabulous hats. She began her career as an educator, staff trainer and technology coordinator for Montgomery County Public Schools and founded The Diener School in 2007 which serves students with learning and other challenges.  

Jillian received the 2009 Community Leadership Award from Jewish Women International (JWI), the Abe Polin Humanitarian Award from the Bender JCC in 2016 and the 2018 Bullis Community Leadership Award and the 2020 ADAPT Hausman Humanitarian Award. She is also a proud graduate of Leadership Montgomery’s Class of 2013. Currently a member of the board of directors for the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, Jillian also serves on the disabilities inclusion committee of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, The Developmental Disabilities Administration Task Force and Jubilee’s Housing Task Force. 

Jillian and her husband, Scott, have joined forces to create – the first of its kind – inclusive life experiences for all, Main Street Connect! 

Amy Fredenburg, Founder, Twisted at the Wharf                     

Twisted was born from personal experience and in some respect, frustration. After witnessing first-hand the lack of post-high school employment opportunities for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities Amy Fredenburg decided to try and make a difference. Twisted’s goal is to create an opportunity that could lead to a future career in the food service or hospitality industries. Formerly, Amy was a Talent Acquisition and Development for a law firm where she oversaw all aspects of hiring, onboarding and development for attorneys and other business professionals in the Washington, DC office.