Managing Director at TechNexus Venture Collaborative
JuntoMentor: Tiesta Tea (J1), ThreadMeUp (J2), KnowledgeHound (J3), DESIGNATION (J5)
“In one Mentor Team Meeting, the discussion veered off script and into the concerns the CEO had over the entire premise of the business. In that moment, he realized he had the power and permission to change his entire business. It was a transformative moment for him that was inspiring to watch."
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
For most of my career, I’ve helped large companies and startups innovate and grow - and that requires a combined expertise in strategy, venture capital, innovation, and technology.
What are you working on right now?
Strategic transformation of several large companies to prepare them for their futures.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
I would say The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell. It’s about how time has taught us the power of story to unite, inspire, and defend.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
One is strategic vision. Nothing is more inspiring than a compelling innovative vision. Next, empowerment. People want to be part of making that vision come true, and leaders should empower people to work towards that at their own speed.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
It is the act of creating that gives people the most meaning in their lives.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
In one Mentor Team Meeting, the discussion veered off script and into the concerns that the CEO had over the entire premise of the business. In that moment, he realized that he had the power and permission to change his entire business. It was a transformative moment for him that was inspiring to watch.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
Filmmaker. Always been something I wanted to do - I know now that one day I will, and I’ll leave it at that.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
How much I love to continue to learn and how much more I have to learn. I learn every time I’m mentoring others, and that’s the beauty of it.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
I would say it’s the ability to sense others needs and motivations.
What is your superpower?
The power to imagine.