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 »

Kibbutz Time

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I lived on a kibbutz for a while when I was in my early 20s, when I was on a very extended backpacking trip. I had reconnected with an Israeli guy I’d met a few months before when we crossed paths in Greece, where he was on vacation. Never in my life a lark, I was at work every day ... Read More »

Rideshare Rundown

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Under different circumstances saying “I got a ride home with a pink mustache” would provoke great concern from friends. In Seattle’s it’s becoming normal, though that doesn’t mean the ride is legal – yet. I chair the Seattle City Council’s Taxi, Limousine and For Hire Regulations Committee. Over the past year my colleagues and I have wrestled with the inheritance ... Read More »

Celebration, Seattle Style

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Seattle is in the midst of celebrating its first ever Super bowl Victory – it is magical. The journey Seattle has been on to get to this point has been absolutely incredible. The Seahawks never doubted themselves, no matter what anyone else said – they knew they were special, they knew they had what it takes to be world champions! ... Read More »

The Amazon.com Experience

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As a third year student at Northeastern, I’m more prepared for the corporate world than most college students my age. I don’t value this advantage by a paycheck or résumé, but by the way co-op has taught me how to market myself, make connections and deal with the inevitable rejection any job hunt entails. Northeastern’s Cooperative Education program (co-op) is ... Read More »

Why I Chose to Learn Online

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This week, the 2013 Sloan Survey of Online Learning Report was released. The report is informed by responses from over 2,800 U.S. colleges and universities so it provides a fairly comprehensive analysis of the state of online learning. As I was reviewing some of the impressive statistics regarding the number of students taking online courses, I found myself wondering why ... Read More »

Navigating Non-Profit Management

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Questions: A good starting point for learning about financial management for nonprofit organizations is to question whether money or mission guides the organization. Is having a purposeful mission sufficient for long-term financial sustainability? Should start-up nonprofit organizations focus on delivering programs and services or on operating reserves? Answer: I strongly believe that a nonprofit cannot effectively execute on its mission without financial stability. ... Read More »

GAMES, girls and STEM: fitting it all together

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The GAMES Initiative (Girls Advancing Math, Engineering and Science) enters 2014 with a lot of positive momentum. The three co-founders, – Northeastern University, the Institute for Systems Biology, and the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) – are thoroughly behind this initiative. The specific initiative is to launch, by fall 2017, three free, commercial-quality video games that engage middle school girls ... Read More »