Speaking Topics

The Vulnerability of Asking for Help

While most people would say they have no trouble offering help to a friend or co-worker in need, many of those same people struggle with knowing what the “right thing” to do is in these situations.  Even more have trouble asking for and receiving help of their own.  Have you seen this in your office, your place of worship, among your circle of friends?

 

In this engaging discussion, WhatFriendsDo Co-Founder, Aimee Kandrac, will share keys to both giving AND receiving help when life throws a curve ball.  What do you do if you offer and someone says no?  What if you offer the wrong kind of help?  How do you admit when YOU’RE the one who needs a little help from your friends?

 

More than just a Meal Train, Amazon Wish List or offer to walk your dog, this session will help you understand how to give your support and how to ask for and receive help from others.  You’ll walk away with a few new ideas that will help you truly express your care and concern with someone who needs it—and do it in a way that is most meaningful to you and to them.

50 Ways to Support Your Employees When Life Gets Tough (or Going Through a Life Change)

The statistics don’t lie: 93% of employees say they’re more likely to stay with an empathetic employer (Businessolver, 2019). Recognizing your employees as whole people, not just by the title on their business card, can dramatically increase your employee engagement and retention.  So what can you do to support your employees when life gets tough?

 

Aimee Kandrac, Founder of WhatFriendsDo, brings you an interactive session full of actionable, low-cost ideas that will allow you to take care of your employees outside of their role in the office.

 

Some of the scenarios Aimee’s talk will help you solve include:

 

  • Death in the family

  • Cancer/serious health diagnosis of the employee or family member

  • Having a baby

  • Moving

  • Divorce

  • Becoming a caregiver (sick relative, aging parent, etc.)

 

Through this quick-paced conversation, Aimee will leave you with specific ideas you can use to support your employees and boost your company culture at the same time.  After all, 93% of employees want to work somewhere where empathy exists when life gets complicated—and Aimee’s list can help you do just that. 

Changing the Game of Healthcare Fundraising: A New Approach with a Heart-based Mission

Between HIPPA, board meetings, and outdated prospect lists, getting 15 touch points with your donors between asks is time consuming, if not nearly impossible.  How do you engage not only your patients, but also engage their social circles to help you raise dollars and awareness for your organization?

 

Aimee Kandrac, Founder of WhatFriendsDo, and previous non-profit fundraiser, brings you an interactive session talking about how she’s changing the game of healthcare fundraising through the WhatFriendsDo platform.  What if you could add 37 new potential prospects to your fundraising pipeline through just one connection?

 

Aimee has helped organizations actively support their current patients, all while amassing a prospect list otherwise beyond their reach.  It truly creates a winning outcome for everyone—patients are supported by their loved ones and development officers have an immediately expanded network. 

 

The Health Impact Assessment from the World Health Organization backs it up: “Social support networks – greater support from families, friends and communities—are directly linked to better health outcomes for the patient.”

 

Bring Aimee in to connect with your development team in a whole new way and show you how you can utilize this new approach to further your organization’s important work.

Stop Hiding and Start Sharing: Why You Should Talk to Everyone About Your Start-up Idea

Aimee Kandrac didn’t have any plans of starting a company, especially not with a six-month old, a two-year-old and a husband in medical school. But when her mom called with a business idea around the things they had been doing to support a family friend who was dying of brain cancer, Aimee immediately said YES!

 

Asking for help is a sign of strength, and Aimee will lead you through all the reasons why asking for help and engaging your network is only going to strengthen your business idea.  As the co-founder of WhatFriendsDo, Aimee knows the power of asking for help first hand.  She’s asked her kids, her friends and even a few Fortune 500 CEOs.  That courage helped her become the first female CEO in Indiana to raise $500,000 in funding and to be honored with the Dolphin Tank award from the IN Conference for Women.

 

If you’ve ever thought to yourself “what if someone steals my big idea,” or “I don’t want to talk about it until I have everything figured out,” this session is for you.  Aimee will help you debunk the most common myths… and she’ll share a few strategies about how to balance launching your big idea while driving carpool and keeping your sanity at the same time.