Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Lake Forest College and Co-Founder at Whole and Free, Inc.
JuntoMentor: EdgeOne Medical (J5)
"When you look at any failure or adversity, there’s what actually happened, and there’s what we make it mean."
Finish the following sentence: “In my experience, _________.”
If you make yourself vulnerable to the truth, to relationships, to possibilities, and you show up in life, great things happen.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
I’ve worked in industries that span consumer products, food, entertainment, media, and technology. In terms of function, my expertise is in executive and strategy areas.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you’ve observed or learned in your career?
That if we can reframe failure it’s the most powerful data you’ll ever have, and the most powerful thing that you can do for yourself. When you look at any failure or adversity, there’s what actually happened, and there’s what we make it mean. The damage to ourselves and our psyche is usually to what we make it mean, and there can be behavioral or emotional consequences of that.
What is your superpower?
Red hair. Just kidding, it’s fearless asking.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
I need to be a better listener, I need to listen more and talk less. (And, the time I am able to give and share with Junto makes me happy - very, very happy.)
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
What is something that’s not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
The delicious food made by Whole and Free, the allergen-free food company I've co-founded, changed the lives of 70MM families because it made dinner time a fun, family-friendly event, instead of a stress and worry-filled occasion.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
Fearless asking - I am convinced that the ability to fearlessly ask - for help, for the sale, for an introduction, for anything - is the biggest determinate to entrepreneurial success. I'm still working on fearlessly navigating tough conversations.