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"It took Junto and then some to appreciate myself and my journey, and to give myself more love."

What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?

A friend of mine founded a performing arts theater that aims to create better outcomes for youth by engaging them in theater, and I joined when he took his team to Scotland a few weeks back to perform. In the midst of the craziness in dealing with 15 teenagers, he set aside time and gave them each the gift of a book, which he had carefully selected in a small bookstore. In that moment, he brought everybody together and gave them each attention and care, and I thought that it was the perfect leadership moment. That is how good leaders lead, with selflessness and thoughtfulness.

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Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."

The state of love is all that matters.

What have you learned about yourself through participating in Junto?

I learned that I’m very self-critical, and it took Junto and then some to appreciate myself and my journey, and to give myself more love.

What are you working on right now?

Our company is going through a transformation to get to the next level. My work now is to plan, prepare, and shed the old so that I can step into the new company and the new me within our organization.

What is your most memorable Junto moment?

At the retreat back in 2015, I had one of those moments when you understand that you touched magic, and your entire framework of how you think is questioned and redrawn. I still think about that retreat and crave it.

What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?

Motivation is something that is inherent in me, motivation and drive. Self-awareness is something I built out more during and after Junto.

What is your superpower?

Flexibility of thinking is my strength at work and in my personal life. It comes from a place which, in art, is explained as negative space: you have a subject in the center of your piece, and all the space that is not occupied by the subject that you may not see at first. That leads to me seeing opportunity where others may find none.

What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?

One book that resonates for me is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s very simple and connects you back to what’s important, with a framework for happiness. I also encourage people to read fiction, because I think books are for beauty, and they let us learn by playing with ideas.