Some of my favorite projects and endeavors (past and present).
Tell me about yourself (Book)
My first book, Tell Me About Yourself, releases September 2017. It's an action guide to help craft confident, compelling introductions and articulate your usefulness to the world in an ever-changing, multi-sided marketplace, and in a climate where we all need to contribute to moving things forward. You can pre-order it here.
residency @ oberlin college & Conservatory of Music
During the 2016-17 school year, I'm working with the Creativity and Leadership department to expand Oberlin’s entrepreneurship program, and help develop the next iteration of LaunchU; Oberlin's annual venture accelerator where students pitch for 50K in funding to jumpstart promising ideas. I'm also teaching Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Leadership (#ENTR100).
speakerlab @ oberlin college
I launched SpeakerLab as a pop-up event at Oberlin to connect students to artists, creatives and entrepreneurs disrupting industries on their own terms. Guest speakers shared their stories, hurdles, and career successes, then through a collaborative prototyping lab, worked with students to develop ideas of their own.
tell me about yourself (podcast)
Tell Me About Yourself is a podcast created - like it's sister-book - for dynamic human beings constantly redefining themselves, their work, and the world around them.
It explores the journeys of artists, creatives and entrepreneurs accurately and artfully defining themselves and their successes on their own terms.
Dream Directing @ tfp
As Dream Director during the 2014-15 school year, I worked with the students, staff and administration at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School in San Francisco to help transform and improve their school culture. From a complete cafeteria space makeover in partnership with SFUSD's Future Dining Experience Team to a schoolwide beautification day, I led a Dream Team of students (affectionately known as the Bay Squad) in executing projects that merged their passions and interests with their desire to change things around them.
The hall pass Tour
The Hall Pass Tour is a collective of musicians, educators and creatives collaborating with urban and rural schools to produce concerts celebrating the dreams and leadership of young people to spark school change. Since the 2011 launch, the tour has reached over 30,000 students, educators, artists, parents and community members. From 2011 - 2016, I served as Founding Partner, Tour Ops Manager and Host.
ZOO LABS MUSIC RESIDENCY
ZLMR is an immersive live-in program designed to support music making entrepreneurial teams and arts enablers who are trying to create a new path forward. It provides each team with time to focus on recording music as well as bringing their creative minds to their business strategies. Since 2015, I've been a mentor in the program working with teams to craft their stories, and develop pitches for presentations at the close of the residency.
A free, annual course we produce at Oratory Glory to help young creatives (ages 17-21) cultivate communication & public speaking, digital advocacy, and personal brand development skills to level up in the world.
Through company tours, curated workshops, personal narrative projects, guest instructors and speakers, students apply what they learn to develop multimedia communication projects that give voice to their beliefs.
instructing @ gA
From 2013 - 16, I taught Public Speaking for Problem Solvers and helped creatives and makers in tech & design tell stories, share solutions and pitch ideas that move people to action. I also worked with the enterprise team as a facilitator for programs with corporate clients including Visa.