Amber Joiner-Hill, The Owner

Over the past seven years, I have worked with non-profits, for-profits, Boards of Directors, and government entities. I’ve gained experience in leading the creation of strategic plans, writing and reviewing grants, providing education on the topics of culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and writing technical reports. Some of my previous work includes a focus on homelessness, diversity in the workplace, and cultural awareness in service provision.

As a macro-level social worker, I want to make an impact on a systemic level. The field has a wealth of talented individuals working directly with clients and we need to ensure that social work values and principles are also being implemented on a larger scale.

Professional Highlights

  • Research on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within professional membership organizations
  • Session presenter at 2020 Casey Family Programs Data Leaders Convening: “Racial Equity Indexes in Child Welfare”
  • Network for Social Work Management Policy Fellow (2019); analysis of the consequences of payday loans for Black and Latino people
  • Session presenter at 2019 TCOM Annual Conference: “Culture and Human Services: Weaving the Threads of Culture Through Service Provision”
  • Select course completions:
    • Becoming an Anti-Racist Social Worker
    • Human Centered Design 101
    • Group Facilitation Skills: Helping Groups Reach Agreement
  • MS Social Work, University of Texas; BA Psychology, University of Michigan
  • Resume available here

Magnolia Detroit Consulting, The Business

There are countless organizations with great ideas and hardworking staff, but they lack the time or know-how to put it all together and meet their goals. Based in Chicago, MDC fills that gap by providing resources to organizations and companies that want to increase their ability to operate effectively and efficiently. With MDC, you will experience reliability, clear communication, and quality products.

What does the name mean?

I am proud to call Detroit my hometown, but know that my loved city comes with its negative stereotypes. One of my fondest moments in the city was visiting a friend’s house and appreciating the fully bloomed magnolia tree in his backyard. The bright flowers, sun-kissed green grass, and light breeze in the air represent the Detroit that I grew up in. A true beauty surrounded by concrete and good people.

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