The Great Reset (TGR) is a series of open and respectful conversations about important current topics of interest that bring people together around an exchange of thoughts, ideas, and experiences.
Discovering Community through conversation
Once a month, participants gather (in-person or digitally) to connect and discuss a topic that is relevant for them and their community. Conversations provide a space to discover nuance in the varying perspectives within a community, to listen and share, sometimes disagree, yet walk away enriched, with better understanding, and anticipating the next discussion.
TGR launched in the summer of 2018 around a dining room table in Franklin, Tennessee. Since then, TGR tables have expanded to reach more than 200 participants across 20+ US states and abroad to 6 countries, and we continue to grow. New conversation guides are released monthly and topics range widely, including, as an example: ‘Returning to School in the Days of COVID’, ‘Discussing Grief’, or ‘The Wall’.
Founded on pillars of openness, humility, mutual respect, and grace we aim to bring a sense of connection and civil conversation to communities whether hosted in individual homes, school systems, community organizations, faith communities, or corporations.
In addition, The Great Reset has recently launched ‘The Series’ where participants can choose to do a deeper dive on a topic, having consecutive conversations on aspects of a social challenge. The Great Reset welcomes all who can engage respectfully and share with humility to join the conversation.
After earning a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Buffalo and working in the advertising industry, Kalinda Fisher started Advocate Market Research Bureau in Western New York. She enjoyed corporate research but desired to work independently outside of a large corporation. This allowed Kalinda to work from home effectively and start a family. This move has allowed Kalinda to tackle projects over many industries. She’s worked with large banks, health insurers, health care providers, race car teams, transportation industries, and large religious organizations to name a few. The ebbs and flows of life and career took her and her family to Nashville Tennessee in 2007 where she has been since. Kalinda has become a leader in qualitative research, using Advocate as her vehicle. True to her studies as a sociologist, she exhibits a passion for ways to truly hear the voices of the intended audiences. Kalinda states, “I began Advocate Market Research Bureau to help businesses and organizations through effective market research. We can gain a truer picture of the consumer by, in essence, becoming the ‘voice’ of their consumer, and ultimately their ‘advocate.’”
In addition, her passion since 2017, has been an initiative she launched around her dining room table and quite prophetically named, “The Great Reset.” The Great Reset hosts open, respectful conversations on important current topics; bringing people together to exchange their thoughts, ideas, and experiences and to discover community through conversation. Her background as a sociologist and market researcher, along with the defining pillars of The Great Reset, being humility and respect, positioned her well to host these often difficult, and yet relevant conversations.
As a hobby, Kalinda takes great pleasure in lovingly nurturing her grandmother’s heirloom roses, which are now over seventy years old, and long walks with the family dog, a Briard, named Olive. Her life’s joy is spending time with her husband, Anthony Cassiol, and two college-aged daughters, Delaney and Sophia, who have proven to be her greatest teachers and support system.
Teresa Faust is Senior Manager, Research and Metrics at United Methodist Communications, the communications agency for The United Methodist Church. She received her B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Dayton. She spent over ten years working in advertising research helping companies optimize communication across touchpoints to strengthen customer relationships and grow their business, primarily with large consumer packaged goods companies, such as Proctor & Gamble and Nestle. In her current role at United Methodist Communications, she leads research across teams as the resource for customer information, data analyses, and strategic consultation to grow The UMC. Teresa serves on a variety of boards including as the current Chair of InterSearch, a consortium of international Christian media researchers, Programming V.P. for the Nashville Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council, an At Large Member of Faith Communities Today (FACT). She spent 4 years as Hospitality Chair of the Nashville Chapter of the American Marketing Association and has presented at The Quirks Event 2019.
Teresa has two adult sons, one grandson, and resides in Columbus, Ohio. When she is not combing through research data tables she enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with her family.
Alison is a connector by nature. Bringing people together and bridging ideas across cultures and communities has always been her strong suit. With a background in Sociology/Anthropology and a master’s degree in Conflict Management, she has over 15 years of experience working across 25+ countries in business development and strategic stakeholder engagement. Alison first discovered The Great Reset through a connection from her alma mater, Agnes Scott College, and it spoke to her personal concerns of a sense of loss of communication and connectedness in our communities. She was delighted to find a kindred spirit in the founder, Kalinda Fisher, and is happy to contribute her expertise and skills to help grow The Great Reset.
Drew Freeman is a community leader who currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee. Drew has three loving children, a wife of almost 20 years, and a dedicated lab/chow mix who has been in the family for over 15 years. Drew graduated from UAB with a degree in psychology and has worked for the YMCA for the last 32 years. Drew was one of the very first Great Reset participant and has hosted more than 20 sessions about various topics. Drew loves creating opportunities for people to share their life experiences and learn about the experiences of others.
Stuart’s career spans several industries including technology, insurance, healthcare, transportation, education, and real estate. He has extensive experience in organizational change and development, people and process management, strategic planning, business development, process improvement, productivity improvement, diversity and inclusion, and nonprofit management. Stuart has a deep interest, through his consulting, to help organizations efficiently grow and improve performance. In his most recent experience working for a non-profit, Stuart managed, expanded, and helped the non-profit raised over twelve million dollars in donations and in-kind gifts. Stuart’s experience includes his work with corporations such as Prudential Insurance Company of America, Vanderbilt Management Services, Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Phycor Inc., and BPS Healthcare. Stuart served on several local boards and committees including New Hope Academy, Williamson County CASA, ThriftSmart, Leadership Franklin, Williamson County Heritage Foundations, Franklin’s Charge, and Franklins Table.
Michele is a persuasive leader experienced in managing all aspects of marketing and communication strategy. Her highly-visible, process-driven campaigns have scaled small companies into industry leaders. Currently, Michele is Vice President at Parker Dewey and uses her expertise to connect companies with career launchers through Micro-Internships. Michele holds a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Leadership Coach with Braven, as well as a previous table host and active participant in The Great Reset. She is passionate about helping people understand the world around them through communication.
Heidi Quimby is a middle school teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is currently teaching 6th-grade Humanities at Anwatin Middle School. Ms. Quimby has been a teacher for 14 years. During this time she has taught social studies to middle and high school students, reading intervention to middle school students, and was also a Literacy Specialist. For 5 years, she was a school counselor at the middle and high school levels in New York, North Carolina, and Minnesota. Ms. Quimby is currently enrolled in Frontlines of Justice PD online professional development series centered on educational, racial, and social justice. The series is designed to: increase culturally relevant competencies and pedagogies, support reimagination, and construction of the instructional design deepen understanding and practice of culturally responsive teaching and transform teaching and curricula into culturally sustaining learning experiences for all students. Ms. Quimby graduated from SUNY College at Geneseo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Secondary Education. She has also earned 2 Master’s Degrees. One from the University of Buffalo (Ed.M) in School Counseling and one from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, Masters in Literacy Education. The Ellicottville, New York native, and her two children, John (17) and Paige (16) reside in Corcoran, Minnesota.
Lee O’Dell currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife Allison and their two children and their Golden Shepherd – Maggie. Lee and Allison have been married for 26 years (and counting). Lee has served his local Franklin YMCA board for the past 7 years and has served as a Deacon for his church for over 8 years and a Bible school teacher for his church youth group. Lee is also a technology executive for a Brentwood, TN based company for the past 20 plus years and holds numerous Information Technology related professional certifications. Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science (Management Information Systems) from the University of South Carolina. Lee has served as a series host for The Great Reset and enjoys regular engagement “around the table" during various discussions over the course of the last 2 years. Lee enjoys spending time with his family as much as possible and enjoys various forms of exercise and fitness-related activities