Insightful conversations with people shaking up our community for the better
I So Appreciate You!
I So Appreciate You! is an honest, raw, funny and uniquely insightful account of two leaders sharing behind-the-scenes work conversations on both office and cultural topics.
Nadege Souvenir and Melanie Hoffert
This isn’t just office talk.
In Season 2 of I So Appreciate You!, co-hosts, colleagues and friends Nadege Souvenir and Melanie Hoffert continue the show’s sometimes raw, sometimes funny and always uniquely insightful discussions as they dig into myriad issues and opportunities faced by values-based organizations and leaders during this time.
Get inspired by guests from a variety of backgrounds and sectors as I So Appreciate You! explores the challenges and triumphs of people shaking up our community for the better — discussing how these leaders got to where they are today and how they continue to move us forward.
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In Season 2, co-hosts Nadege Souvenir and Melanie Hoffert have uniquely insightful conversations highlighting the challenges and triumphs of people shaking up our community for the better. Listen to each episode and get to know our special guests.
Season 2 Preview
Listen to a preview of I So Appreciate You! Season 2 as we introduce our new co-host, Melanie Hoffert!Get the Preview
Season 2 Episode 1 - Lessons in Heart-based Philanthropy
Listen to Season 2, Episode 1 of I So Appreciate You!, as we discuss the arts, creativity and finding your passions with writer, philanthropist and arts supporter Margaret Wurtele.Listen Now
Season 2 Episode 2 - Intentional Leadership Transitions
Listen to Season 2, Episode 2 of I So Appreciate You!, as we discuss the importance of having intentional conversations about leadership transitions, trust and transparency in the workplace with guest Jamie Millard.Listen Now
Season 2 Episode 3 - Using Technology for Social Change
Listen to Season 2, Episode 3 of I So Appreciate You!, as co-hosts Nadege Souvenir and Melanie Hoffert discuss entrepreneurship with Andre Creighton.Listen Now
Season 2 Episode 4 - The Genius of Black-led Change
Listen to Season 2, Episode 4 of I So Appreciate You!, as we discuss the importance of Black-led change with special guest Lulete Mola.Listen Now
Season 2 Episode 5 - Finding Balance with Social Media
Listen to Season 2, Episode 5 of I So Appreciate You!, as we discuss the ups and downs of social media with Sarah Edwards.Listen Now
Season 2 Episode 6 - Changing Dominant Media Narratives
In Season 2 Episode 6, co-hosts Nadege Souvenir and Melanie Hoffert discuss the complexities of journalism with Mukhtar Ibrahim.Listen Now
Season 2 Episode 7 - Healing the Harms of Cultural Appropriation
Listen to Season 2, Episode 7 of I So Appreciate You!, as we speak with two Indigenous guests about cultural appropriation.Listen Now
Season 2 Episode 8 - Why Creative People Need Rest
Listen to Season 2, Episode 8 of I So Appreciate You!, as co-hosts Nadege Souvenir and Melanie Hoffert recap season 2.Listen Now
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About Our Season 2 Co-Hosts
Nadege (she/her) serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. In her role, she oversees Grants Administration, Human Resources and IT. Nadege also leads the Foundation’s learning and evaluation efforts, including the East Metro Pulse community vitality survey. Nadege joined the Foundation in 2016. She has a background in dance, arts administration and law.
Instagram: @NadegeJosephSee More about Nadege
Melanie Hoffert (she/her) serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. She grew up in rural North Dakota and lives in Minneapolis. Melanie is an accomplished writer with myriad published works, including her memoir, Prairie Silence, which won a 2014 Minnesota Book Award. She is also a founding board member of All Square and serves on the board of Raise the Barr. Outside of work Melanie spends as much time as she can near Minnesota’s banks and shores, collecting stories for her next book centered on themes of water.
Instagram: @melaniemaxine11See More about Melanie
In Season 1, co-hosts Nadege Souvenir and Pahoua Yang Hoffman interviewed incredible guests as they explored issues and opportunities faced by values-based organizations and leaders. They covered balancing work and caregiving, valuing age, cultivating your career path, building inclusive workplaces and more.
About the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation believes in the best of Minnesota and the power of its communities.
With roots in Saint Paul and partners across the state, it is Minnesota’s largest community foundation and the partner of choice for thousands of donors, nonprofits and community organizations.
The Foundation aspires to create an equitable, just and vibrant Minnesota where all communities and people thrive by inspiring generosity, advocating for equity and investing in community-led solutions.
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