A bright ray of sunshine, kindness and servitude, sisterfriend Jodie Blum and I met over 6 years ago to work together on a philanthropic project for our nationally-recognized clients. She was extremely professional, but most intriguing was her work ethic and dedication to actually meeting the mission of the youth she was serving. Subsequently, we have shared many challenges and joys of life together, and realize our synergies lie in our serving humanity and faith that there is always a brighter day ahead.
Jodie created Image of Change, a collective philanthropic agency of like-minded, high- profile humanitarians to effectively and responsibly maximize their charitable efforts. She also launched and served as the Executive Director of The Common Ground Foundation with artist/ actor “Common“, as well as owned her own successful company specializing in non profit consulting, fundraising and special events. As the Executive Director for The Common Ground Foundation, she received an Emmy nomination for her “A Minute” campaign around HIV/AIDS testing in 2006, developed The Corner Book Club- the first online book club for teenagers and established partnerships with top level brands such as Cartier, American Airlines, Best Buy, Coca-Cola and Major League Sports franchises.
Most recently, Jodie has been appointed the Executive Director of GRAMMY U at The Recording Academy, known best for the GRAMMY Awards. This newly created position will allow Jodie to lend her talents in developing a unique and fast-growing community of college students, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. The Recording Academy created GRAMMY U to help prepare college students for their careers in the music industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities. GRAMMY U is designed to enhance students’ current academic curriculum with access to recording industry professionals to give an “out of classroom” perspective on the recording industry.
The CEO Pundit™: What inspires you?
Jodie: Music…it fills my soul, and whatever genre I’m enjoying encourages my mood; whether it be calm, or rage or any emotion I need to release. There’s beauty in quiet & silence but even if I were sitting in the most serene, open field or tropical beach, I’d still want my headphones on. It makes me happy.
Watching birds fly and gardening is also nice for me; not even questioning how or why, just amazement at nature’s beauty.
Seeing the good in humanity…people who reach out and do good for no other reason, but that’s just what you’re supposed to do.
The CEO Pundit™: Who inspires you?
Jodie: The people, who, I don’t know their names; they give food to the homeless, take in ten children needing a family to care for them, and people who help in their communities to stop violence.
The forgiveness of Nelson Mandela in inspiring…his journey has taught me that you can always forgive and to aspire to be able to live in that manner.
My dad…he taught me to believe in myself; he strongly believed in me.
The CEO Pundit™: What is your legacy?
Jodie: To be a good, quality person. To have made a difference in someone’s life. To be a good friend.
You encompass all of those traits and many, many more…cheers, Jodie.
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