Design Thinking at Stanford d.school

Design Thinking at Stanford d.school

When John called to let me know he had an extra ticket to a 6 hour design thinking workshop at Stanford, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect.  Given the university’s not-so-secret reputation for innovation, I assumed it would likely be an interactive, group-think type process that would offer an alternative strategy to the way the military had trained me to think.  Having spent several years […]

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2016 World Affairs Conference – Veteran Fellowship Program

2016 World Affairs Conference – Veteran Fellowship Program

I recently had the opportunity to attend the World Affairs Conference 2016 in San Francisco, CA as a participant of their Veteran Fellowship Program. This annual conference attracts globally minded individuals to discuss and share ideas that are at the forefront of US foreign policy. Some of the topics included: US Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here?, Global Economy Today: Can the US and […]

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Milken Institute’s Global Conference: Best Advice

Milken Institute’s Global Conference: Best Advice

I received an abundance of advice on how to best approach my experience at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference.  Some of this advice came from the senior members of the Military Leadership Circle (MLC), those on their second year of serving as part of the MLC.  They have learned how to best manage the logistic and administrative requirements associated with conference attendance.  In fact, I […]

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500 days to Overcoming Adversity

500 days to Overcoming Adversity

I had the absolute pleasure of attending Steve Zakuani‘s talk at the 2016 Seattle Interactive Conference (#SIC16) where he shared details about his 500 day journey to overcoming incredible adversity. Steve led an extremely successful soccer career playing for the Seattle Sounders FC until April 22, 2011 when he was severely injured, causing many to question if he would play professional soccer ever again. His journey of […]

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Milken Institute’s Global Conference: Reflections

Milken Institute’s Global Conference: Reflections

If I had to pick one take away from the Global Conference, it would center on the concept of change.  Literally, the concept of change itself is changing.  The speed of change is accelerating.  The speed of this acceleration is mind boggling.  It is further mind boggling that the emerging change revolution is occurring along so many fronts.  If the speed of change in a […]

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Military Leadership Circle (MLC): Introduction

Military Leadership Circle (MLC): Introduction

The Military Leadership Circle (MLC) provides members of the military the opportunity to engage and interact with some of the most successful people in the United States and from around the world.  Members of the MLC attend professional development activities, to include the Milken Institute’s Global Conference, for a two-year period.  As I complete my first introduction to the Milken Institute, I can absolutely declare […]

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Keys to Success: Milken Global Conference Advice

Keys to Success: Milken Global Conference Advice

What is the Milken Global Conference? It is the one of the largest and most powerful networking and thought provoking conferences that a military member can attend. Do you identify as a military officer that is an out-of-the-box thinker, a self-starter who believes that the word impossible is but a tiny road bump on the path to victory and enjoys discussing topics such as geopolitics, […]

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Positive Influence Inspires Action

Positive Influence Inspires Action

Leadership is what I live and breath. It is something that I think about everyday, every hour and why I do things the way that I do everyday. My passion is to spread what leadership is and what it is not. Our society is self consumed and we have forgotten what leadership is and it often gets it confused with management. Management is the mundane […]

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The Prison to Tech Pipeline

The Prison to Tech Pipeline

During the Seattle Interactive Conference (#SIC16) David Almeida inspired the audience with a frank and open discussion about an amazing program his group (Unloop) is spearheading that teaches inmates software coding skills. Unloop has stumbled upon an incredibly valuable yet untapped resource: the knowledge-hungry minds and passionate hearts of the incarcerated. These men and women who lack access to the internet behind prison walls learn […]

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Can inspiration be automated?

Can inspiration be automated?

Haydn Sweterlitsch gave a thought-provoking talk by entitled “Can inspiration be automated?” this past week at the Seattle Interactive Conference (#SIC16). If you’re short on time, the answer to Haydn’s question is: No. That being said, the reasoning behind this answer and the implications of it are much more valuable than the answer itself. There seems to be few limits to the things we can […]

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