Leadership: Stepping Forward

February 19, 2007: That was the day my life became the motto “from tragedy to triumph.” I was proudly and confidently serving in the United States Army.

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Going Beyond Climate Change Awareness

I step up to the podium in the small lecture theater and look over 120 people assembled from more than a dozen nations. To my right, I see tabular icebergs passing by beyond the oval-shaped windows. My challenge will be to keep the audience focused on my talk rather than the breathtaking nature beyond the… Read more »

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Looking Up in an Upside Down World

We are living through some pretty disrupted times. Whether it is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, politics, racial tensions, the economy or other, our country is quite divided. Friendships have been stressed or severed, work relationships have deteriorated, and partnerships have been severely strained because of prejudice, bigotry, perceptions, opinions, offenses, and the like.… Read more »

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Building a Successful, Caring Community

More than 20 years ago, I signed up as a volunteer at Covenant House Alaska – the only shelter for youth experiencing homelessness in the southcentral region of the state – and it changed the trajectory of my life.

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Truth Be Told

I lie a lot. I’m not proud of it and I am working on improving, but alas, it’s true. I’m talking about the lies I tell myself. They’re numerous, they’re consistent and they’re often quite easy to justify.

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In Search of Tall Poppies

Tall Poppies: An analogy for those who stand above their peers due to their skills, accomplishments and personal success and who are, by virtue of what they’ve accomplished, often targeted by their peers and society in general.

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