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Natural Pod™ LIVE has been created for, and by, our incredible community of educators, students, architects and anyone with a stake in creating better learning spaces and experiences. It’s an online streaming talk show where we interview education leaders who share their personal stories behind the challenges and opportunities of creating exceptional learning environments. Join us as we explore the new approaches for what’s possible in the future of education with the people who are making it happen. This is your opportunity to learn directly from them about the challenges and successes and how they are approaching this work.

About This Episode

In this episode our host, Bridgitte Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod spoke with Ashanti Bryant, Director of Early Childhood Services at IFF. The need for high quality childcare has intensified in the last year. Learn how mission-driven leadership helps communities thrive by increasing capacity and creating access to high quality child care centers. Ashanti and Bridgitte’s discussion focused on empowering educators with insightful stories for those seeking to do similar work in their local communities.

About Ashanti Bryant

Ashanti Bryant serves as Director of Early Childhood Services, overseeing IFF’s early childhood education work in communities across the Midwest. Ashanti is an experienced leader with years of school administration service in early childhood education, public, charter and independent private schools. A fierce advocate for equitable access to high quality, early care and education, Ashanti believes in a data-informed and comprehensive approach that elevates the voices of providers in communities, prepares children to be Kindergarten-ready, positions them to break cycles of poverty and low achievement, and anchors the ability for families to participate in their community’s economy and workforce.

About Bridgitte Alomes

Bridgitte Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod, is a thought leader dedicated to better environments for play, learning and collaboration using sustainable furniture. In her work with Natural Pod, she has helped create over 15,000 learning environments throughout the world. She’s engaged over 40,000 educators through her workshops and presentations and has been dedicated to creating play-based pedagogy and sharing the importance of the learning environment design. Bridgitte also serves as President on the board of the Green Schools National Network, creating broad-based initiatives and successful strategies aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools across the United States.