"You Make the Difference"

National Initiative

A multi-member initiative that seeks to inspire, equip and activate public sector leaders across the United States and Canada in order to help them achieve success in these unprecedented times.

About the Initiative

A three-prong approach to change,

the "You Make the Difference" initiative seeks to provide the meaningful information and tangible tools for critical members of our communities to be successful in these unprecedented times.  The events will celebrate these vital employees and remind them why they make THE difference, while also equipping them with the tools the times require.

Niche Academy and Ian Hill will be leading the initiative through the following events and programs:

  • Statewide speaking events 
  • Free Monthly Lunch & Learn Series
  • Departmental & individual professional development programs

Learn more about these events and programs below.

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Statewide "Ignite" Speaking Tours

Bring the initiative to your community

State and province-wide programs that include hands on engagement of frontline and mid-level professionals. Click the button below to talk with us about bring the National Initiative to your State/Province or community.
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Monthly Lunch & Learn Series

60-min, no-cost leadership trainings

A live broadcast held on a monthly basis - this is a no-cost professional development educational series. This virtual gathering of the nation's public sector leaders (Recreation, Parks, Arts Culture, Heritage and Libraries) will provide relevant and actionable education in a fun and entertaining way.  Participants will leave equipped, energized, and ready to take action.

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Leadership Programs & Classes

Behavior-change focused & human-driven

Offered on a departmental and individual-basis, the professional development programs have been proven to evoke lasting change.

From 12 week department wide programs to individual classes, these offerings allow participates to learn what they need, when they want on the platform that suits them best. 

These innovative programs truly wrap around participants and help move them to their personal and professional best, so in turn they can fulfill their vital role in the communities they serve. 


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Niche Academy

Niche Academy is a unique e-learning solution that has been helping mission-driven organizations & municipalities thrive through their impactful tutorials and easy-to-use software over the last 7 years. They will be celebrating 8 years of customer-centric business in September with over 1,400 organizations served. According to the founders, Jared & Jeromy, their broader purpose is to help people solve big problems together.


Ian Hill

Whether running a multi-million-dollar business operation with over 1000 employees or spearheading first-of-their-kind life-changing community projects, Ian Hill is recognized for being a catalyst for positive change throughout the world.

Over 700 agencies, departments and municipalities have gone through Ian's programs across North America and beyond which has led to his award-winning titles as a public sector advocate by The National Council for Community and Justice and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission.


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