Mindgrub in Baltimore has launched a Games for Good initiative to connect and rally employees, promote health and well-being, and give back to the community.
“The pandemic has made us even more intentional and creative about how we engage our employees, build a strong virtual culture, and set team members up for success,” said Todd Marks, CEO of Mindgrub. “Making sure we contribute to the well-being of our community, too, is a top priority.”
Mindgrub employees from all departments, including leadership, have been randomly assigned to one of four teams. From November 9th to December 17th, the teams will compete against one another in several challenges, including a six-week Step Challenge, to unlock donations to selected nonprofits which the teams get to choose. The Step Challenge will be tracked on the mobile wellness platform GivHero.
“We wanted to bring our annual Mindgrub Olympics to the virtual world, and adding a charitable component seemed like a no-brainer,” said Kim Paradise, Mindgrub Chief of Staff and Head of the Charitable Giving Committee. “Games for Good provides an opportunity to give back to our local community while connecting with coworkers in a fun and exciting way.”
WYPR President and General Manager LaFontaine E. Oliver has been elected by the NPR Board of Directors as its new Chair of the Board. Oliver has been president and general manager of WYPR since 2019 and a Member Director of the NPR Board since 2016.
“I am honored to accept this new role as Chair of the Board,” said Oliver. “It has been my privilege to advocate for public radio and for the millions of listeners who depend on it as a source for trusted news and intelligent discussion. I look forward to working with my board colleagues to advance the reach and impact of NPR and its Member stations, especially in the value they bring to local communities.”
NPR’s 23-member Board of Directors is comprised of 12 Member Directors who are managers of NPR Member stations and are elected to the Board by their fellow Member stations, nine Public Directors who are prominent members of the public selected by the Board and confirmed by NPR Member stations, the NPR Foundation Chair, and the NPR President & CEO.
The NPR Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Board sets the policies and overall direction for NPR management, monitors the performance of NPR and provides financial oversight.
Also in Baltimore, Abel Communications announced that President Gina Richmond has been appointed to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Metropolitan Baltimore board. For over 40 years, NAMI has provided advocacy, education, support and public awareness to families affected by mental illness.
NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore, an affiliate of The National Alliance on Mental Illness, works with dedicated grassroots leaders to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people living with mental illness and their loved ones in the Baltimore City and Baltimore County area. In 2019 alone, they provided more than 9,500 touch points of service to people in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
“I am extremely honored to be named to the board of the NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore affiliate,” said Richmond. “I am excited to work with this talented group of board members and am committed to using my PR skillset to expand awareness of the work this affiliate does to provide essential mental health services to people in the Baltimore community.”