Amanda Keeney

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Power your Personal Upgrade through Lifelong Learning

Posted by Amanda Keeney on October 25, 2017

Imagine a simple question. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And, with every response, you’re told “that job won’t exist in your future.”

Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. But, only slightly.

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Topics: inspiration, training

It’s time to showcase modern American manufacturing – and the opportunity ahead

Posted by Amanda Keeney on October 6, 2017

Manufacturing has a story to tell.

Good jobs. Solid wages. And, a strong multiplier effect to enable countless indirect jobs through supplier relationships. I know. Having spent nearly 10 years in the industry just before the recession, I saw first-hand contributions workers made to consumers, to their community, their families and our economy.

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Topics: manufacturing

Experience the Eclipse -- Through Music?

Posted by Amanda Keeney on August 21, 2017

In 1977, Close Encounters of the Third Kind was on the big screen. And, wow… that music! With today’s significant solar event, I’m reminded of songs that create wonder, articulate our connection to a larger world or simply celebrate our ability to step barefooted on green grass and dance beneath the moonlight.
 
Earlier today, I witnessed the creation of a solar projection box for my nine-year-old son. Admittedly, it’s left me feeling a bit nostalgic and with more than a few songs rattling in my head. In 1979, I was seven years old and leaned on my dad, an unabashed music and science nerd, to help me fashion my own solar projection box. I still remember feeling giddy with my head surrounded in cardboard.
 
A little background – My parents were band nerds. In fact, my mom, a medaled majorette, said she selected the tympani simply to be seated nearer my dad – a masterful musician and trumpet player. I say nerd in the best possible sense and I count myself lucky for their unabashed love of music. Growing up, my bedroom featured a prized record player where I would listen to my mom and dad’s music collection and gaze out at the night sky to consider my place in a changing world.
 
In anticipation of today’s big event, I serenaded my son with almost every song I can think of from an eclectic music collection I inherited from my parents: Moonglow, Moondance, Harvest Moon, Both Sides Now, Moonriver, etc. I’ll admit, my parent’s nerdiness lives on in me. There are many examples. Here’s one: marching bands make me cry.

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Topics: Culture

Brainstorming Tips from Super Mom (and her Super KID!)

Posted by Amanda Keeney on December 7, 2015

In my work, I have the great privilege of working alongside some very creative people. They imagine. They daydream. They sketch. They routinely concoct a carnival of ideas. These are people who seemingly have an unending supply of creativity that spews forth at their command. They are adept at thinking out loud.

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Topics: Creative, Mitchell Team, Innovation