New York Times Interview with the Conductive Learning Center’s Founder, Donna Speigle –
We just published an interview with Donna Speigel, owner of the Snooty Fox chain of consignment shops. Last year, the 11 stores rang up more than $5 million in sales. As Ms. Speigel explains in the interview, she has turned her Cincinnati-area shops into destinations that routinely lure people on tour buses from as far away as Louisville and Indianapolis. But Ms. Speigel has also been creative on another front. In 2006, she opened a nonprofit school for people with special needs in Covington; Kentucky called the Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati. Moreover, the school is largely funded through special Snooty Fox initiatives, notably a popular platinum credit card.
How did you come to start a school?
I had taken on the full-time care of my grandson, Dayton, when he was 11 months old. My daughter was too young at the time, and he’s always been with us. He has a genetic disorder that mimics cerebral palsy. At two years old he didn’t move. We got on the Internet and found a program in Hungary had come to the United States — it’s called conductive education. I found a school in Grand Rapids, Mich., and we took Dayton there. I stayed in a Holiday Inn seven or eight times the first year. In the U.S., insurance covers one hour a week of physical therapy. This is 20 to 25 hours a week, three to five days a week, working with the children in a group setting, where they motivate each other. After four weeks, he rolled over. Another six weeks, he sat up. I couldn’t take him out of that program. After a year there, I realized I couldn’t keep spending so much time in Michigan. I thought: I’ve got to open a school.
Read the full interview of “Why the Owner of a Growing Business Found Time to Start a School, ” on the New York Times.