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Six years deep into the Great Recession and our jobless economic recovery, Jana Brubaker still seeks colleagues, clients, and community from people healthy enough to reciprocate respect. To your community, she brings art, design, and technology skills recognized by national economic experts as essential to revitalization, while campuses and communities nationwide still seem to be waiting for this artist, designer, and writer to also supply buckets of cash.

Her professional experience and skills include pitching hay to cattle, serving catered food to Nobel laureates, swapping sour dough bread-baking expertise with lawyers who have argued before the Supreme Court of the United States, resolving back-end code issues that stumped computer whiz kids, scrubbing decade-old flood mud from movable type, operating 19th century printing presses, and teaching design, drawing, and collaborative working skills to university students. Her work has exhibited nationally and is held in public and private collections, her voice has been heard on Radio Free Moscow, and her hands helped carve the memorial totem erected in the shadow of Seattle’s Space Needle. Not enough? Still want cash contributions in addition to job skills?

Here’s one bucket: the sole artist attending the collaborative breakout session of the 2010 Seattle Designers Accord, from her teaching experiences, she contributed a ready example of what healthy communication looks like in practice, while Boeing engineers wrapped up the session by wondering aloud, “But what happens when management says collaboration, and then we all go back to working in our individual cubicles?” You may research The Seattle Times for what happened next: Boeing went into $12 billion in cost overruns on their 787 Dreamliner, and now the world awaits results of the costliest search in history to learn what happened to one of their 777 models when executive management words do not match their actions.

Here’s another bucket: what her academic expertise in critical theories of identity, trauma, and recovery means to the business world is that she could have saved Mattel $30 million if she had been directing the team at Olgivy and Mather, first resolving their internal communications conflicts healing their self-hatred that prevented them from recognizing that the Western European model of objectifying and infantilizing women that leads to the victimization of young girls would not fly in China, even with its rapidly rising middle class.

Stay tuned for still a third bucket: taxpayer-funded to the tune of $1,000/day, month-long “retreat” within Idaho’s Skittles School, somewhat similar to its Gladiator School, conducting deep research in the national failure of our mental health system, as well as trauma recovery more effective than any drug on the market today.