noun | team•work | \ˈtēm-ˌwərk\
work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to efficiency of the whole.
Kimberly O’Neil, Founder
Kimberly O’Neil is an award winning executive leadership and nonprofit expert. As the youngest African American woman to serve as a City Manager in the United States, she is now the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Giving Blueprint, a company with a three point mission to impact social change through the development of strategic partnerships and growth plans within the nonprofit community. As a veteran senior government and nonprofit executive, she has used her voice to impact policy decisions while lobbying in New York City and on Capitol Hill.
As a social entrepreneur, Kimberly recognizes the value that startup nonprofit organizations provide to communities. In January 2015, she launched Cause Studio, an incubator and training initiative that is designed to reduce the number of failing nonprofit organizations in North Texas. Kimberly was recently recognized as a 2017 Minority Business Leader Awards honoree by the Dallas Business Journal and one of the 2017 Faces of Frisco in Higher Education. She serves as a Commissioner for the City of Plano Community Relations Commission.
In addition to being a sought after thought leader, strategist and speaker, Kimberly is a published author and professor who was honored as the 2017 Outstanding Associate Faculty of the Year for Collin College.
Bridget Landis, Program Manager
AmeriCorps VISTA Member 2017 – 2018
Bridget Landis is a recent graduate from the University of North Texas Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in both anthropology and English. She has volunteered with Texas Storytelling Association and understands the impact of the narrative in selling a vision.
While studying abroad with Habitat for Humanity Fiji, Bridget learned about issues surrounding landlessness, as well as nonprofit management, and understands the importance of capacity building and sustainability. As an undergraduate student, she also studied food insecurity and helped evaluate the UNT Food Pantry with the Department of Anthropology by conducting interviews and analyzing data. She is passionate about finding innovative solutions to improve community relations and connecting them to resources.
Bridget now serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA* member for Cause Studio, striving to build a fellowship that helps increase the capacity of failing nonprofits in the North Texas region.
*AmeriCorps VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. CNCS engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps programs and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.