Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Jill Vialet Shares Lessons Learned on Scaling Impact

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The road to scaling social impact isn’t always linear or free of bumps. Playworks CEO and Founder Jill Vialet speaks to the unforeseen challenges and key lessons learned when scaling Playworks in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s blog.

Empowered by a series of grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation throughout 2005-2015, Jill and the Playworks team turned a local recess intervention program into a national movement that reaches 700,000 students.

What’s the secret to successful growth? Read Jill Vialet’s answer, “What I Learned from Scaling Playworks into a National Movement,” on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation blog.

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