Over the course of my career, I've been an entrepreneur, consultant, executive, scholar, chef and competitive cyclist. What's the "red thread" that connects all of them together? I'm a pattern recognizer with a love for new ideas, problem solving and story-telling. I excel at helping organizations - large and small, established and brand new - think big, be consistent and get moving. I have a passion for supporting others, enabling social entrepreneurship and encouraging risk-taking...one small bet at a time.
Some of my current notable projects include co-founder of HUB Grand Rapids, lead organizer of TEDxGrandRapids 2013 and the Frederik Meijer Endowed Honors Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Grand Valley State University. I was the founding executive director of ArtPrize for two and a half years while working as president of Pomegranate Studios.
Specialties: New initiatives, design thinking, social entrepreneurship, start-ups, marketing.
You can find me online at:
TEDActive 2015, TED2011, TED2010, TED2009, TED2008, TED2007
I'm passionate about
Enabling and supporting the entrepreneurial community, the growth of social enterprise and a cultural shift towards risk-taking and experimentation in Michigan
Talk to me about
Technology, design, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, The HUB, cycling, food, international adoption