National Tour By the Numbers
We spent 29 days together
traveling 4000 miles
to deliver 17 workshops
in 10 cities.
We camped at KOAs, state, regional, and federal parks… and managed to spend only one uncomfortable night in a Planet Fitness parking lot. Our workshops brought together individuals – mostly women! – with the most intriguing backgrounds and reasons for joining us. We were moved, not only by the stories of our participants, but by the graciousness, generosity and faith in the the work we are doing by friends, new acquaintances, and companies who sponsored us along the way.
This trip is in part made possible by you:
Family: Many thanks to our families in Des Moines and Minneapolis who gave us a few days respite from the van.
Friends: We are grateful for your contributions to food, gas, and more. You helped us eat incredible vegan tempeh and sip on a flight of kombucha in St Louis, (only to be countered by barbecue in Kansas City.) You bought us a mobile sauna experience in Minnesota when we were weary from driving. After getting saturated to the bone by rain in Indiana, you sponsored a night in Kentucky at the Ramada – complete with two queen beds so that we could sleep separate and starfish.
Hosts: We partnered with some really cool organizations. Industrious co-working set us up with meeting rooms in several cities. AR Workshop, a boutique DIY studio that offers hands-on classes for creating custom home decor from raw materials supported us in a few ways: AR Workshop Smyrna raffled a free class, AR Cincinnati showcased power tools, and AR Ankeny in Iowa and AR Alexandria in Virginia let us teach in their cool spaces. Some of our favorite venues were independent, creative spots that serve as innovation hubs, conduct community research, and run corporate ideation sessions – like Canvas in Richmond, Elevator Factory in Atlanta, New Rules in Minneapolis, and Living Room in Cincinnati.
National Sponsor: Above all, we give thanks to our national sponsor, Floor & Decor. They believed in our workshops, and our crazy plan to drive all over the US teaching them. Their sponsorship made the trip possible.