I relocated from Baltimore, MD to Vancouver, WA back in 2016 to pursue my MBA (Strategy) at the University of Portland.
After graduating, I got involved in the community, worked with some terrific businesses and especially-talented people, volunteered my time, and altogether
Supported the ambitions of others to meet promise and potential.
2016, Graduate School
I chose University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business because of its Strategy concentration and values:
- Broad Core of Business Knowledge.
- Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills.
- Research Skills.
- Interpersonal Skills.
- Value System.
Through Risk Management
The Scale-Up of You
How & Why To Conduct
Coffee Talk Series
I established Coffee Talk as an industry night concept for facilitated discussion. The topics would be strategy, the market and collaboration. These free, private events for Vancouver, WA-area coffee café owners gradually took on the ‘Live Interviews of the Ambitious’ banner (below).
In 2019, I have organized and facilitated discussions for four events featuring some seriously-talented speakers and collaborators (special Thank You to Shruti Chatterjee) with resources packaged and archived for everyone’s use.
Coffee Talk – Strategy Resources
Live Interviews of the Ambitious
‘Learn & Be Inspired‘
In a live interview or panel setting we’ll meet the amazing business and technology minds, thought leaders and pathfinders of the Vancouver-metropolitan area and beyond.
Some Event Photos
Interviews of the Ambitious
I informationally interviewed local businesspersons–who I called The Ambitious Among Us–to learn about the person behind the job. This led me to understand and write research-backed articles about their personal ambitions and personal strategies.
Personality. Character. Motivations. Aspiration.
The Ambitious Among Us!
In support of my articles, some of the world’s great minds, talents and thought leaders gave me permission to upload their content:
- A Fields Medal winner.
- A World Barista Champion.
- A researcher from the Stockholm Resilience Center.
- The most popular fountain pen reviewer on YouTube.
- Two world-renown guitarists.
- An award-winning career expert and podcaster.
My Own Research Results
Observation helped develop a model for explaining personal ambition.
Experience taught me the best question to learn about someone else’s ambition.
Accounting Industry Analysis
My writing and research efforts in 2019 have been focused on personal ambition and the strategies of others. I have witnessed a remarkable trend in the local accounting industry that comes down to one truer ambition than serving others, good relationships, or getting the most money back on a tax filing, etc.
Human interest in the good fortunes of others.
The expression is real. Pride even comes into play. Accounting firms want to see their small business clients
- Grow their business acumen.
- Become more resilient to industry threats and competitive deficiencies.
- [Re]Discover alignment with their personal ambition.
Innovation: Accounting As A Process & Product
Coupling Strategy for Accounting Firms
The Accounting Brand Gives Permission to Pursue Personal Ambition
Stories Differentiate Accounting Firms
Convention ≠ Strategy: Impact To Talent Acquisition in the Accounting Industry
The Scale-Up of You
The scale-up of you is the ability to recognize your current resources and opportunities, and then pair them with potentially new resources and opportunities through creativity, new possibilities and strategic fit. Your end result would be growth, improvement, newness, support of others, and so on.
The 40 informational interviews I conducted with area strategy, organization development and consulting practitioners taught me a great deal about the professional I had become after graduate school. Applying what I learned set me up for supporting others’ careers, businesses and well-being.
Get Hired (Tech and Healthcare)
Strategy development, sponsorship, branding and outreach.
2 proposals for partnerships.
Data and empirical analysis (triggers, trends and insights)
Vancouver Public Schools
Career & Technical Education: Business & Marketing
Invited to participate as an industry professional in curriculum development with the Career & Technical Education Advisory Board, Vancouver School District.
Supported by Ryan Krusac Studios – I used a fountain pen that he made for more than 300 envelopes.
“Global ADE is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening education in developing countries. We fund grassroots educational improvements spearheaded by individuals and organizations that live in the communities in which they work.”
“About Us”. Global ADE, 2019, https://globalade.org/globalADE-education-nonprofit-aboutUs.php. Accessed 24 Aug 2019.
Meet the Meetups
A Get Hired (Tech and Healthcare) community event.
In 2018 this event featured 18 groups with ~200 attendees. It was a gathering in one place at one time of SW Washington-area meetup.com groups and others. Meetup groups sent representatives so that event goers could engage and learn more about what’s available to them – and join. It was FREE FOR EVERYONE – groups, their representatives, and attendees.
Among other programming, nConnect “provides a variety of career awareness activities to elementary, middle and high school students. Program activities include individual experiences like informational interviews as well as group activities at schools such as “speed networking”, guest speaking, and mock interviewing.”
“nConnect | Students | Schools | Business”. nConnect, 2019, http://nconnect.org/index.html. Accessed 24 Aug 2019.
Co-Organizer, Budget Lead
in support of North Bank Innovations
“Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.”
Barcos, Dave. “Startup Weekend Vancouver, WA 04/18”. Eventbrite, 2018, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-vancouver-wa-0418-tickets-40042806111#. Accessed 24 Aug 2019.