Kate Schmidgall

Winding down, ramping up, and grateful

2016 was an epic year for Bittersweet and we have much to be grateful for. For clients and for causes, we get to tell stories of essential change and global impact. We consider it an honor and a joy to work with the clients that we do—collaborating to see their missions and organizational goals realized. 

A quick scan of the project docket reveals a few highlights: a website for the World Bank articulating the impact and importance of health for Every Woman, Every Child, another for Britepaths as they serve low-income working families in Fairfax County, short films enabling Shoulder to Shoulder to humanize refugee experiences and combat anti-Muslim sentiment, and short films capturing the impact the multifamily real estate industry is having on homelessness through Shelters to Shutters. 

I am grateful that all of this work is happening—in various sectors and on varying levels—and grateful to participate in it professionally. Beyond our client work, we push to bring you (our readers) monthly stories that inspire and challenge us. This year that brought us to youth development through art and elder care through punk rock, refugee employment through granola-making and education for tens of thousands through the heart of one woman in the slums of Cairo.  

And next year is already underway! Our incredible core team (shout out to Dave Baker, Amanda Lahr, Aaron Van Ruler, Jessica Mancari, Steve Jeter, and Erica Baker) has debated and defined our 2017 story slate and I could not be more excited about what's ahead. In fact, in just a couple weeks we will release our annual gift guide which is focusing on products/brands benefiting refugees! 

Hoping you enjoyed a restorative weekend, with intentional gratitude for all that's right and getting better in the world.