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Volunteer to Fulfill Your Weekend and Yourself

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Have you ever had to weed for hours, clean windows, sweep steps, organize closets, scrub sinks, and pick up cigarette butts? We all have, at different points, done one or more of these but, how about doing all of the above so that a couple have the wedding of their dreams at a neighborhood arts & community center? Now that’s something ... Read More »

Closing the Skills Gap: Collaboration and Innovation Leading to Change

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Finding the job you want in the Seattle region — what’s in the toolbox for finding and getting that job.  How does your company find the employees it needs to prosper? Multiple articles and studies in recent months have highlighted two key facts: 1) there are a lot of unfilled jobs in this region; and 2) many people are trying to land ... Read More »

How I Overcame the Seattle Freeze and Made Girlfriends…and You Can Too

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Before moving from Southern California to Seattle, I started many an undecided morning with a Google search. As soon as I typed “Should I move”, Google knew Seattle was my potential destination. (Google’s other guesses were that I was thinking of moving to Canada or moving in with a girlfriend or boyfriend). Google could never make my decision for me, ... Read More »

What’s Wrong With Current Approaches to Urban Sustainability

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Most cities approach sustainability in the wrong way. During a recent review of sustainability projects, I identified more than 220 district-scale projects in 115 cities across North America, ranging from less than half an acre to 1,150 acres. These projects provided a glimpse of the growing importance of sustainability to municipal business issues. An increasing number of cities use sustainability ... Read More »

Building Connections, Maintaining Networks

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One of the reasons Northeastern asked me to serve as the founding Dean and CEO of its Seattle Graduate Campus was because I am fairly well “connected” or “networked” in the Seattle community.  In my earlier roles as the Chair of many civic organizations (Seattle Chamber, Seattle/King County Economic Development Council, Director of Washington Aerospace Partnership) and one of the leaders ... Read More »