“Three things in my life saved me from going down a path of misery and depression:  my mother, God, and the staff (at Headway)…With each struggle I face now, I am filled with the courage and skills to take a healthy approach to fixing whatever it is that is I am having trouble with.”

- Headway Client


Discovering Headway: Video Tells Our Story

In the fall of 2012, we debuted a video at our semi-annual All Staff Meeting that effectively tells part of the story of Headway.

Composed of employee interviews, the five minute “Discovering Headway” video is a touching testimonial about what makes us strong, why we do what we do and who we are. Check it out now.

The video was created in part to show the entire organization what we learned in a process intended to give us a better picture of the “soul of Headway.”

Aptly called the Discovery Project, in-depth, structured interviews by a team of employees of a broad cross-section of about 60 others revealed five broad themes about Headway– passion for what we do, a spirit of innovation, organizational support for learning, connectedness to each other and the community, and focus on the people we serve. Not only did participants in the process gain a renewed appreciation for the organization and the commitment of their fellow employees, but it became clear that Headway engenders these qualities, actively promotes and supports them.

Camera…Action! Because we learned so much by talking to each other in this process, through listening and sharing, we decided the best way to tell the Discovery story was to show it through the very people who make Headway what it is -- our employees -- and the concept for the video was born. But we decided to add another layer of challenge: get it done within a month to show at the All Staff Meeting on October 12, 2012.

The week before the meeting, we scheduled two days of filmed interviews with eleven employees from a cross-section our service areas. We gathered more than eight hours of inspiring footage -- that somehow had to be cut to five minutes or less.

Impossible, you say? With the help of a professional videographer/film editor/director, we managed an 11-minute version within three days, and the night before the All-Staff meeting, the current piece was completed.

Please take a moment and visit with some of our staff for a few minutes while you watch “Discovering Headway” – we promise you will be inspired.

A great deal of wonderful raw footage remains, and we intend to use more of it in the coming weeks in other videos that will highlight other facets of this varied and talented organization. Take a look at some examples of videos we have created using this raw footage here.

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