NPR’s Marketplace recently published a series studying the history of corporations and how their priorities have changed over the years. One of the main points of the series focused on the evolution of the role of the employee in relation to the corporation. The fact that employees cannot assume they will be taken care of by their employers resonated with me. While I do believe in personal accountability for one’s own path, I also believe that a company can write their path so that it takes into account the people who are helping bring in revenue, and hopefully profits.
“Sorry”, “Just” wanted to check in with everyone…
Playing around with video as a medium lately… Of course I have plans for it. 😉
Correction: That amazing woman is Terri Holland. Silly Joi
Links to stuff I referenced:
– Jumpstart Mornings talks I have been helping host at the Impact Hub SLC (http://saltlake.impacthub.net/event/j…)
– Annoying semantics policing that is happening to Women in Biz lately (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/just-s…)
As I prepare to unplug and enjoy the US Holiday weekend, I thought I would share my new fav internet rabbit hole – I love Love LOVE the new trend of parent/child dances.
With all the polarity in our news of late, what a great way to disconnect and have fun with your kids!
Enjoy a sample of some of my favs here:
I did a quick video to invite local SLC folks to a couple events that I am helping facilitate.
I will be hosting this month’s Creative Mornings talk on the global theme of REVOLUTION. Impact Hub SLC has generously offered to host the space. Doors open at 8:30 for breakfast and coffee and talk will start at 9am. It’s FREE and open to the public, but RSVP if you think you will be coming so we have an idea of the crowd. 🙂
I am also helping facilitate a Monday morning speaker series at Impact Hub SLC called Jumpstart Mondays. Local social entrepreneurs getting together to talk about their different projects and have great conversations with their peers. What a great way to start a week, right?
Hope to see you soon!
Excited to spread the word about Anne Collier’s new project – ICanHelpline: Building an Online Social Media Support Helpline for Schools.
It’ll be a place schools can call or email for help with cyberbullying, sexting, reputation and other issues involving students and staff in their communities – help with navigating sites and apps, reporting abuse, getting content taken down that violates terms of service, etc.
The Indiegogo campaign JUST launched – please considered donating. If you can’t help fund, please help spread the word. This is a MUCH needed resource and if this pilot gets funded and works, we can have it spread nationwide for all schools.
I have spent the bulk of my career working on building safe and engaging communities for customers and audiences of all ages. I’ve worked with established brands, but also many startups (and revamps) and taken those brands to tens of millions of happy users.
This last year working with the Metaverse team has been quite an adventure. While there, I had the opportunity to oversee almost a hundred active projects at a time, as well as the hardworking project/account managers that kept those projects running smoothly. I did this simultaneous to donning a new business development hat and earning some documentable sales experience in an area at which I knew I would be good. I mean, you don’t DO services for 15 years without being able to eventually SELL services, right?
But for the past few years of my career, the beat of the entrepreneur drum just kept getting louder. And to run with the metaphor further, the sound of the social good flutes started playing in conjunction.
I’ve come to the decision that I am going to take some reflective time. As such, I am leaving my role as VP of Professional Services at Metaverse this week.
So… what next?
In the past, I’ve been fortunate that opportunities have become available to me when I wanted changes. But this time I am going to be a bit more proactive. I have a knee surgery coming up that I have been postponing for literally decades, so I am going to leverage that time, in true multi-tasker fashion, and have a good think on what I want to do next.
So I’m taking calls. I’m having meetings. I’m joining conversations and brainstorms. I’m deciding what amazing thing I want to do next.
[I also plan on watching LOTS of TV in the next week while I am recouping from my surgery. So if you want to talk with someone about that series you’ve been obsessing over – I’m probably your gal.]
Looking forward to the future and all the cool stuff I will have the pleasure of working – maybe with some of you!
Lately, in an effort to engage with my new home in Salt Lake City, I have been volunteering on local projects that take those international and large-scale skill sets I have developed and try to apply them in hyper-local situations:
- Joining the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Salt Lake and the Junior League of Salt Lake, both dedicated to improving the lives of local women and children
- Becoming a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah to a local high school student and helping encourage the path to college and beyond
- Helping the board of WIT, a new local charter high school focused on computer science and agile development methods
- Working with local co-working groups to help promote the trend in SLC
- Getting involved with the Natural History Museum of Utah and their programs
- Helping start the SLC chapter of Creative Mornings
Working towards safe and engaging audience communities online can feel detached at times, especially when you are working in the thousands or millions of users ranges. I haven’t lost my desire to work on online projects, of course, but it’s great to be able to see those digital skill sets translate so easily into the offline space.
It’s nice to see the direct impact via work on the local level. I have met and been inspired by so many people in my new city and I am excited about the potential I see here.