HR Guidelines Every Business Person Should Know

Sometimes Human Resources can seem like a daunting task. In this upbeat presentation, Amber Vanderburg highlights the basics of HR and addresses simple, tangible, and applicable ways that you can implement HR functions in your business with confidence.

LaunchOut Conference 2018

Hyatt Conference Center Nashville, TN

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Cultivating a Culture of Creativity, Collaboration, and Captainship


What is the foundation of a high performing team? In this highly interactive workshop attendees will engage in quick thinking challenges and compete in childhood games as Amber Vanderburg shares stories of working with teams in India as the only female, America, Christian, and blonde Academy Football Coach. This workshop aims to equip attendees with simple strategies and programs to apply to any organizational culture initiative.


OKHR Conference April 2018

Tulsa Hardrock Hotel and Casino

Dance Stop

This autumn, America has been bustling with protests, politicians, and the glorious football season. This is the time of year with the leaves change, pumpkin is involved in every aspect of the ‘merican diet, and the anxiousness of Christmas begins to peak its head around the corner as Hobby Lobby has already marked ornaments and wreaths for sale. Meanwhile, in Bangalore, the weather is still a beautiful 75 degrees and we have many holidays before ‘ole Saint Nick comes down the chimney. We also have been bustling with protests, politicians, and glorious football.

First, I shall address the protests conducted Indian style. I have had some forced rest as Bangalore experienced a spirited Bandh earlier this month. For my non-Indian readers, let me explain how a bandh works. When there is a disagreement, sometimes the entire city will shut down (“bandh” literally means “shut down”) as a form of protest. The streets go barren, the stores are closed, schools are locked, businesses don’t open. The bustling sounds of constants horns and people and animals and cars all stop. No one leaves the house. Everyone stays inside. In this Bandh specifically, there was basically a disagreement between my state of Karnataka and the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu in that there was a dispute about how much water Karnataka would need to release from the river that runs to Tamil Nadu after a dry monsoon season. In this Bandh, I was unprepared because the protest was impromptu and I did not have food in the house. Needless to say, after a forced fast we were very excited when the bandh was over.

I’ve had some people ask me what happens if you break the bandh and open your business or carry on without acknowledging city protest. Guns are not a commonality in India and therefore forms of violence and crime is resolved through means like fire and stones. Yes, buses and rickshaws can be burned and businesses can be stoned (like bible times) if the bandh is broken. Naturally, I stayed inside for a couple days and simply read a book.

In other news, football. At Gameday Arts, tournaments have been abounding and surrounding in recent weeks. We had our first tournament at one of our locations last weekend which was a success. Next weekend is a city wide sports day hosted by Adidas in which we will be managing football tournaments consisting of over 300 teams in seven different locations across the city. The event is called “Adidas Uprising” and hosts a number of sports for one day including running, tennis, basketball, etc. and we are very excited to be involved with this event. The week after that, our elite teams will be traveling to a city called Goa to compete with some of the best teams in the country and we wish them the best of luck in this exciting opportunity.

Our Academy continues to grow as we added yet another new location to our repertoire with two (and possibly three) more teams to coach. This is our third international school location which I am convinced are the coolest types of educational facilities ever. One school resembles PCA from Zoey 101 and another one resembles Daddy Warbuck’s home from “Annie.” Though this may be only a slight improvement from the Tulsa Public Schools that I attended, I find myself sometimes reminded to pick up my jaw as I gaze around these beautiful grounds.

In regards to Indian life, I’ve been learning quite a bit of Hindi and can have the beginnings of a conversation with people and count to ten and say I’m hungry (very important). My driver almost become my Mr. Miyagi when he teaches and perfects my rough Hindi vocabulary but this is a very fun part about becoming Indian. I rode on a motorbike through the city for the first time this month as well and felt like just then did I become a Bangalorean. Slightly terrifying but luckily the extreme traffic keeps it at a slow pace. I’ve also continued learning how to eat certain foods in India which I’ve determined as a never ending process. Just when I think I’ve mastered the food here, I’m given a plate some new food that I can neither pronounce nor eat, definitely keeps me on my toes!

Concerning holidays and celebrations, Dasara is coming up and I might be heading over to a town called Mysore with a couple friends to see the streets and palace illuminate with lights, music, and celebration. I encourage you to look up this place as it appears breathtaking! The bigger holiday, Diwali, is coming up next month as well. Everyone is heading home to celebrate with their families and enjoy longstanding traditions. I will be trekking and swimming on the heavenly Andaman Islands while on a relaxing vacation. Thank you to everyone for your kind wishes and prayers in regards to my health as I am feeling much better and look forward to enjoying this trip with strength.

I am very thankful for this past month and look forward to the exciting things to come. Prayers for safe travels in my upcoming ventures, continued opportunity for teaching and growing moments with my teams, and chances to build quality relationships with people are appreciated. As always, thank you all for your continued love and support, it really means a lot as the Lord leads me in this extraordinary journey.

Until then, Boomer!

Amber Vanderburg

Life is a Highway

I come from the state of Oklahoma. The place that is known for high pollen levels, ever-changing weather, and a near required flu shot. The land that cultivates a runny nose in even the most Ron Swanson of folk. As a native Okie, I have built a fairly strong immunity to most allergies and sinuses attacks.
You can imagine my amazement that in this paradise weather, with palm trees and chai tea galore, that sickness has all but consumed this month. Fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, and headaches have been all too common. But through the sneezes and coughs, I’ve been able to continue to see our football program grow.
Our new location that started last month has about 75 consistent players and we plan to have over 100 in the upcoming weeks which is very exciting! In another location, I started coaching my first Indian girls team who are filled with spunk and are hilarious to be around. Our teams have learned many valuable life lessons this month as opportunity has provided many teaching moments about teamwork, sportsmanship, respect, perseverance, and leadership. Team fundamentals has been this month’s focus and it has really been great to see these learning moments shape the dynamic of our player interaction and team.
This month was also full of Indian celebrations. We celebrated Indian Independence Day on the fifteenth with Indian flags and balloons and the works. Honestly, no one typically does much for Independence Day but I insisted on being obnoxiously patriotic with many decorations and food. I definitely celebrated independence American style.
We also celebrated raksha bandhan, which is brother-sister day with many traditions. Ryesh, my Indian brother, was the person with who I celebrated. I read him a sibling poem, we fed each other Lindt chocolate, and I tied rakhi bands on his wrist. It was very special to be included in this tradition with my Indian brother.
I’ve had the opportunity to join my new friends in everyday fun as well. We went to the movie theater which was an awesome experience. The movies are in a variety of languages, all complete with subtitles, all are edited/cut for family audiences which makes films like Suicide Squad an interesting watch, and all films have an intermission. We also have been to go see some bands which made me again realize the universality of music. I go to the gym everyday where they offer legit classes like Bolly Aerobics (Indian Zumba) and martial arts. Everyday my relationships and community are growing as I continue to become Indian.
We got a new coach/roommate from London and I have been assigned as his tour guide since I am now basically Indian. I gave him an Amber Vanderburg Tour of Bangalore which was quite the success and brought me back to my AVTOT days.
Oh, and yes this is the beginning of American football season and yes, I have figured out how to cheer on my Sooners from abroad. Sooner born, sooner bred…
I am very thankful for this past month and look forward to the exciting things to come. Prayers for a complete health, continued opportunity for learning moments with my teams, and chances to build quality relationships with people are appreciated. As always, thank you all for your continued love and support, it really means a lot as the Lord leads me in this extraordinary journey.
Until next time, boomer!
Amber Vanderburg

Hello from the Other Side

Hello from India!

It’s been almost a month since I decided to move to this beautiful country of India. Boy, what an adventure it has been! I am getting accustomed to the new soundtrack of car horns, construction, people, and animals. Slowly my mouth is getting numb to spice and I have become quite the pro at eating rice and dal with my hands. The traffic here is tremendous as I am in the car at least two hours a day, though sometimes it can be closer to four or five. The massive tree canopies that make up about 75% of every drive make this much more enjoyable. My biggest accomplishment everyday above all else is crossing the street. Seriously, it’s the most terrifying thrill of your life. The cars, bikes, motorbikes, rickshaws, buses, tractors, semi trucks, wagons, food carts, and cows that flood the road don’t stop for anything. I also have to remind myself to look right THEN left as the cars drive opposite of America.
The fast pace energy and high tech industry in Bangalore reminds me of New York City, the consistent 75 degree climate and tropical scenery reminds me of Hawaii, and the hospitality and warmth of the people remind me of my dear Oklahoma. It really is the best of many worlds. I am working with a wide variety of people from all over the globe which makes for some interesting tales. Everyone speaks English but the dialect and diction are very different. A Frenchman, a northern Indian friend, and until recently a coach from Sweden lived in our little home. I live in a very nice place in the center of the city with my own room and bathroom and gorgeous window view. We have a cook, a maid, and a driver to which I am still getting accustomed. The maid looked very befuddled when I began to do my own laundry one day and the cook was confused and insisted that I not make my OWN omelette in the morning.
The kids here are great, very eager to learn and coachable. I recently returned from Sweden with our elite group, one team from our Boys 11 and another from our Boys 13 age groups.  Gothenburg, Sweden hosted a youth World Cup called the Gothia Cup. This tournament is for boys and girls ages 11-18. Over 1,700 teams participate from over 80 countries.  There were nine teams representing India and our academy performed the best with our Boys 11 team making it to the quarterfinals. This was the first international competition for our academy and was a big success. I will be working with future tournaments like this moving forward including a tournament in November in Singapore.
Currently, I am working with our grassroots academy in a couple new locations throughout Bangalore and will be building various programs and teams, we are looking to begin a girls soccer program in Bangalore which I am very excited about, and I will continue to travel with our other academy teams in both domestic and abroad tournaments. God has really opened up some great doors for this organization and myself allowing for opportunities to build relationships and friendships with so many different people here. I am very thankful for this past month and look forward to the exciting things to come.
Thank you all for your continued love and support, I will continue to keep you updated as the Lord leads me in this extraordinary journey.
Until next time, boomer!
Amber Vanderburg