Residence: Phoenix, Arizona
Organization: South Mountain Community College
Occupation: Business Faculty, Director – Community Entrepreneurship Center
First job: Sales clerk at Montgomery Ward
Philosophy: The power of one – one person, one moment, lighting one candle in the dark – will make a difference.
Favorite Music: Classic Rock
Favorite TV show: "Much Ado about Nothing” (play and movie)
Favorite book: Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
What got me interested in my work: I always enjoyed training and learning and wanted to be a teacher; it was a long and interesting journey to get there. After 25 years in Fortune 500 companies I wanted to run the whole show and jumped (no net!) into entrepreneurship for seven years, starting and running several small businesses. During that time I was also an adjunct instructor teaching at local community colleges. When a business partner expressed wanting to go in a different direction, which coincided with a full-time teaching opportunity at South Mountain, I jumped again into the dream job of teaching and helping others in business and entrepreneurship!
Greatest accomplishment: There are five – my three fabulous children, Lauren, Brian, and Lindsay; being a teacher; and finishing the 2011 Arizona Ironman triathlon.
Success is...both the satisfaction in your soul of accomplishing a goal, and then your soul asking, "Is that all you got? What’s next?”
Pet Peeve: Traffic, I’m an impatient driver.
Favorite Quote: "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T. S. Eliot.
Current Project: Helping build and grow the new Community Entrepreneurship Center (CEC) at South Mountain Community College. We’re positioning the CEC as the knowledge center for local entrepreneurs and small business owners. The CEC was initially virtual as a one-stop center for entrepreneurs; on the college web site there are links for organizations and resources such as SBDC, SBA, and local Economic Development agencies. There is a weekly CEC e-newsletter to communicate news, events, and classes, as well as short surveys asking entrepreneurs about current challenges and needs. The e-newsletter is useful by collecting metrics on click-throughs, opens, and conversions to social media such as Facebook. South Mountain received two entrepreneurship-related grants this year: a Coleman Foundation Elevator Pitch grant, and a NACCE/Sam’s Club Shared Vision grant. The Coleman grant is providing the Clifton Strengths Finder assessment and training to local entrepreneurs. The Shared Vision grant is supporting direct marketing to small businesses about available resources for entrepreneurial knowledge and training. It’s been fun and very busy!