“The Business of…”

Transformative culture

Hosted by the Spokane Library & ABCD

March 30, 2023 – 4:30 pm – Live Online Event

Tune in via Zoom to watch the live podcast recording of The Business of Transformative Culture! Community leaders – Andrew Chanse, Executive Director of the Spokane Public Library,  Zeke Smith, President of the Empire Health Foundation and Bobby Enslow, founder and CEO of Indaba Coffee – will share their experiences and discuss the importance of transforming culture to meet staff, target audience and community needs.

Our guests will discuss the challenges inherent to culture transformation, how they set organizational goals in a society that keeps evolving, and best practices when it comes to creating and sustaining a strong culture. 

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Meet Our Guest Speakers

Andrew Chanse has served as the Executive Director of the Spokane Public Library since 2013. 

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Andrew has over 20 years of experience working with libraries and the communities they serve. He also serves on the Library Council for Washington State representing underserved populations and the Board of Trustees for Humanities Washington.

Zeke Smith is President of the Empire Health Foundation (EHF) a 501(c)(3) health conversion foundation and its affiliate (c)(4) entity, the Empire Health Community Advocacy Fund.

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Founded in 2008 and serving communities in seven counties and three Tribes in eastern Washington, Empire Health Foundation stewards philanthropic assets totaling approximately $100 million.

Through a collaborative and relational approach to philanthropy, EHF invests in community-driven visions for growth, healing and connection that challenge existing power structures and improve health and quality of life for communities whose members have been most impacted by historical injustices, persistent inequities and economic disparities. Zeke currently serves on the boards of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Native American Youth and Family Center, Family Impact Network, Spokane Teaching Health Center, and is the chair of the Better Health Together board.

Zeke joined EHF in 2020 after 30 years working and living in Portland, Oregon. Over that period, he built a career focused on strategic planning, community engagement and social justice, supported by a strong commitment to equity. This includes tenure as Vice President of Programs for FoodCorps, a national nonprofit dedicated to connecting kids to healthy food in schools; Chief Impact Officer of the United Way of the Columbia Willamette, leading the effort to address childhood poverty and systemic inequities across the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region; and having served as Chief of Staff of Portland Public Schools, a district of almost 50,000 students, supporting strategies that led to an increase in graduation ratesand a decrease in achievement gaps for students of color. Additionally, in a volunteer capacity, Zeke was on the Governor-appointed Oregon Health Policy Board for seven years (five as Chair) an oversight body for the Oregon Health Authority and the statewide healthcare system. Across each of these experiences, as well as through years of working with local community-based nonprofits, Zeke has been focused on improving the systems that support individuals, families, and communities, particularly focusing on the needs of those whom these systems least often address.

Zeke earned his bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He is proud of his Dutch, Indonesian, Oneida, and Osage heritage and lives with his partner, Mari, with whom he has two adult daughters.

Bobby Enslow is the founder and CEO of Indaba Coffee, a specialty coffee company based in Spokane, Washington.

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Enslow’s passion for coffee began in college when his pastor planted the idea of starting a coffee shop in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane. After graduating Washington State University with a degree in Finance and MBA, Enslow spent a year living in West Central before opening his first location in 2009.

Enslow’s vision for Indaba Coffee was to create a space where everyone felt welcome while enjoying hand crafted specialty coffee. Hence their mantra: Love People, Love Coffee. In 2012, he was recognized as one of Spokane’s best baristas in the local Inlander publication. He was later featured in the Spokane Journal Business as a “Rising Star” in 2015, and was awarded the local AGORA Award for Community service in 2016.

 Today, Indaba Coffee has three locations in Spokane, one in Tri-Cities, and one in Yakima, WA known for their radical hospitality, generosity, and award winning coffees.

In addition to his work with Indaba Coffee, Enslow also serves on the Downtown Spokane Partnership’s Business Improvement District Advisory board, teaches leadership as an adjunct professor at Whitworth University, and is passionate about making the world a better place.

Enslow currently lives in West Central Spokane with his wife Sheena and three kids Carson, Avery, and Owen.

“The Business of…” Hosts

Spokane Public Library is a community of learning. We aim to inspire a thriving city through cultural and educational opportunities. With 7 Spokane Public Library locations containing millions of items and resources, we can help you become the person you want to be.

Access free books, movies, music, things, events, printing, computers, meeting rooms, and more! When you think about what you need and who you want to be, there is no limit to what you can accomplish with your library card.

As the founder of ABCD consulting, and a growth strategy consultant, Alex’s role is to serve as your company’s primary care provider: he diagnoses organizations, and helps them find the path to healthier dynamics and growth-oriented models. He sees people, systems, and organizations for their potential rather than focusing on where they are currently stuck.

Throughout his career, he has focused on three distinct areas of expertise: business management, project management, and psychology. Combining these experiences with best practices learning, Alex has designed a unique consulting approach that focuses on vision and execution, organizational psychology and leadership development. 

Alex’s vision for ABCD is to gather a team of subject matter experts with extraordinary skills that will serve leaders and ‘change the game’ of any organization. We never drop knowledge and leave. We walk the path with our clients, to train them and their teams to become execution experts.

Alex’s clients have included top-level decision makers at all types of medium-to-large organizations over the years, and his ability to untangle problems to find a strategic path has been demonstrated across cultures, countries, and a broad variety of organizations. Alex is also part of the Coaching Bureau at Gonzaga’s University’s Leadership Training and Development department.

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