The Peaceful Entrepreneur

I enjoy spending my free time mentoring startup CEOs and founders at the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator. As a fellow entrepreneur, I’m drawn to creative individuals with a vision. Whether they are pitching a new medical device or an engineering software tool, I love their enthusiasm and passion.

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Choosing Change

In today’s world, when something is broken we tend to throw it out. No real thought or consideration, just out with the old and in with the new, shiny replacement that promises to make life easier, better and more vibrant than before. But the older I get, the more I begin to question the validity… Read more »

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Changing the Narrative

Every child deserves to see themselves reflected in the stories they read. I have loved books since I was a child. There is nothing like cracking open anew book and being transported to new places, learning new things and using your imagination to embark on new adventures.

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Never Bet Against Hong Kong

I was sitting at Peet’s Coffee sipping a café latte in Shanghai with China legend Bob Theleen when he leaned in and said, “Never bet against Hong Kong!”

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Kindness, Compassion and Empathy: A Little Goes a Long Way

The last 365 days have certainly been transformative, both personally and professionally. I started a new position as dean of the College of Business at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). I moved my family across the country during a national lockdown and started a new leadership role remotely.

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I Choose to Lead

Disruption, Disarray, Commotion, Uncertainty, Turmoil, Dismay As I reflect upon the challenges of 2020, these are the words that come to mind. I know I am not alone; the COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive on so many levels for everyone – personally, professionally and emotionally.

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The Value of Team

“Whoever said it was lonely at the top just wasn’t doing it right.” I wrote this down on a piece of paper the other day. I had just experienced a particularly successful shift at the restaurant and driving home felt that glow of wonderment, that all of the many moving parts particular to the restaurant… Read more »

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The Next Greatest Generation

The depth and breadth of a crisis is never determined by the event itself. These boundaries are always defined by the quality and effectiveness of our response. Unfortunately, at a time when individual efforts need to be aligned to form a cooperative community response to an assortment of global crises, we instead find ourselves in… Read more »

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