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Bonus Episode: How to Foster Belonging in Northwest Arkansas: Insights from Margot Lemaster, Monica Kumar, and the Northwest Arkansas CouncilBonus Episode:

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“Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued.”

 – Brene Brown

In this insightful bonus episode of “I am Northwest Arkansas,” host Randy Wilburn welcomes Margot Lemaster and Monica Kumar to discuss the Welcoming Week NWA initiative. This initiative plays a crucial role in enhancing community inclusivity and diversity in Northwest Arkansas.

Margot Lemaster, a key figure in Engage NWA since 2017, shares her experiences in fostering a sense of belonging for all residents. Her commitment to community growth and inclusivity is evident in her work and advocacy. Monica Kumar adds a personal perspective, detailing her journey from concerns about racial challenges to becoming a passionate advocate for racial equity training in the region. Her story underscores the importance of awareness and education in creating a racially inclusive community.

The episode highlights the significance of celebrating diversity and the impact of personal connections and community engagement in building a stronger, more inclusive Northwest Arkansas. Randy, Margot, and Monica emphasize the need for active participation in community events and relationship building as key to creating a welcoming environment for everyone.

Listeners are encouraged to connect with Engage NWA at and the NWA Council for more information and opportunities to get involved. This episode is a call to action for those interested in contributing to the ongoing efforts to make Northwest Arkansas a welcoming place for all its residents.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Discover the power of Welcoming Week NWA in strengthening community bonds.
  • Learn how to foster inclusivity and a sense of belonging in Northwest Arkansas.
  • Celebrate the beauty of diversity and its impact on the community in NWA.
  • Engage with NWA’s initiatives to create a more welcoming environment for all.

All this and more on this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast.  

Important Links and Mentions on the Show*:

Email Monica Kumar

Email Margot Lemaster

Connect with Margot Lemaster on LinkedIn

Connect with Monica Kumar on LinkedIn

Visit the website

Welcoming Week 2023 Feedback Form

Tune in to KUAF 91.3 FM to listen to the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast on Ozarks at Large most Tuesdays at Noon and 7 PM.

This episode is sponsored by*:

Signature Bank of Arkansas “Community Banking at its Best!”

Northwest Arkansas Council – “Life Works Here!”

*Note: some of the resources mentioned may be affiliate links. This means we get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.

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NWA Council Website

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NWA Council on Facebook

NWA Council on LinkedIn

NWA Council on Twitter

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