What I do:
I truly love creating, talking about, and getting into the problem-solving details around the frameworks of efficient operational structures. I’m an operations wonk to the core, though I spent a long time as a CEO so I get that side of the coin, too. I look at a company as its own entity, what it appears to be and do, evaluate what roles need to exist, define who does what, push back on any customization of people-to-roles, and make sure that there is always focus on the human impact to the bottom-line, since that is how you can ensure the sustainable impact of your company. Here’s my current bio and contact info.
What I like to speak about:
I get most excited to speak on sustainable business systems, especially talking about generational impact, gender and cultural influences & instigators, and how companies need to be structured in order to survive and thrive in the 21st century. And if I can weave some theoretical math into the discussion — all the better.
During this 2020 global pandemic(!), I was a guest on an episode of the PIE Crowdcast, a Q/A sort-of AMA , where I talked about “Building a sustainable and resilient company for the 21st Century”. Host Rick Turoczy and I have known each other many many years, so our conversation was really comfortable, fun, and engaging with the live audience that asked questions and joined in on the convo.
As the fallout of the pandemic continued to reveal more disrupted layers to businesses month after month, I also got to chat with storyteller aficionado Amina Moreau on The Floatcast, a video series that is a resource for small businesses surviving Covid-19. I put operations planning and (re)organizational design into a handy four step framework. as well as sharing some not-so-unusual client conversations:
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to folks who, again, it’s like a secret they want to tell me – so, someone who’s a CEO [says], “I don’t like being a CEO, but I have to be the CEO.” I’m like, “why do you have to be the CEO?” And they’re like, “well, this was my vision. This is my company. I founded it.” That doesn’t mean you need to be the CEO. You can hire somebody else to be the CEO and you can still be the face of the company”
I’m the Immediate Past President of Rotary Club of Portland, and while in that role I focused on the sustainability of a 110yr old service club that includes five generations in its membership. With that in mind, I started my presidential year off with this speech.
My obsession with theoretical math and organizational analysis that centers on DEI best practices came together with my “Chaos Theory + Civil Rights = 21st Century Corporate Practices” presentations at both DevOpsDays London and Open Source Summit North America 2017
I expanded upon those presentations and got more indepth when I spoke on the topic in April 2018 at ACT-W National Conference – I was really given the opportunity to not only give more mathematical theory to support the 21st Century work patterns, but was also able to do a Q/A with the audience on specific questions within my presentation. The vast majority of the audience identified as women, as well as being a part of the (usually not associated with great people skills) tech world.
Back in February of 2018 I spoke at the inaugural Human.School on “The (Very Vocal) Human Side of Operations” — where I backed out my typical usage of a lot of math related theory in my work, and instead offered up fiscal reasoning — looking at the bottom line – for what hereto is usually considered a Human-Resources-Only focus on the importance of the people on your teams as it directly relates to profit.
I was invited to speak at CUSP Conference in Chicago, a ‘conference about the design of everything’. It turned out to be a fantastic event that is held yearly, and illustrator Julia Kuo was in the audience and I was honored that she not only sketched during my presentation…
but that she also made some of my points into a more formal illustration.
It’s fantastic to get feedback like this!
In early February 2015, I got to spend a few days at Champlain College and I spoke to students and faculty on topics ranging from Women in Gaming to Ethnographic Animation to the Real-World Leadership of Creatives.
I spoke at FEI (Front End of Innovation), where there were over 100 speakers, about Leading Multigenerational Teams and Julie Kurd listed my presentation in her “#FEI14 Roundup: 10 Innovators and Companies Disturbing the Continuum”
I spoke on a panel at the 3% Conference in San Francisco and that following November, I had the great pleasure of being invited to Lithuania for the Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics conference. Here’s video speaking on “Small is the New Big“.
Core77 published an article I authored about Ethnographic Animation
I co-authored another about it for the Huffington Post
Watch a Vimeo video about EA
In fact, I spoke at Webvisions again in May 2013 during the SHIFT series.
Chris Noessel of Cooper did a really cool sketchnote of my IxDA12 talk
I spoke at the Digital Marketing Conference at Portland State University
and for 100 women at The Women’s Center for Leadership in 2012
I sat on a panel for a ‘career tools’ event called RUNT in April 2013
Another panel I participated on was for the Global Connect Women Entrepreneurs Expo and Summit in Portland in April 2013
There was also a panel presentation for the film Miss Representation in Portland in August 2013, a solo at TechfestNW in September 2013 and an appearance at the Anita Borg Institute-sponsored Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in early October 2013.
I spoke at the 2014 Sustainability in Packaging Conference in Orlando,
and I was also the moderator at “Guest of Honor: An Evening with Joanna Priestley” at the 2014 POWFest (which my company is a proud sponsor of). Joanna Priestley is amazing, y’all.
I was a keynote at CASRO’s Technology and Innovation event where I elaborated on “The Future of Research Storytelling: Ethnographic Animation”. (And while there in Chicago, I got to see some of my company’s digital signage production on-site, in person, which doesnt always get to happen with a digital signage project. It looks so good!!)
Awards, articles and facts:
During my year as President of the Rotary Club of Portland, our club was recognized in Rotary International’s monthly magazine, The Rotarian, with an article on our (successful!) efforts to broaden the (incorrect) perception of what a Rotarian is in today’s world.
My true passion for motorsports — it’s quite simply math at 200mph — led me to write a few posts.
(Lack of) Diversity Will Be The Reason NASCAR Lives or Dies – 7 Points to Save An Industry
A Follow-Up to ‘Diversity in NASCAR’ post
Mic reached out to me for a quote for their article on fighting bias in startup funding.
Portland Monthly featured me in an article about Creative Leadership
And Portland Business Journal announced the beginning of my term with Qcut.
On a day the interwebs called out to women for #mynerdstory, I posted “My zig-zag path to a techcentric career”
In June 2013, The Portland Business Journal published an article featuring me elaborating on digital storytelling.
I won an Orchid Award in 2011 also from the Portland Business Journal.
I’ve sponsored and been an emcee at POWfest (Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival) for 3 years.
One of my favorite ways to be involved with the community is through Bradley Angle , the oldest domestic violence shelter and services on the west coast, where I sat on the Board of Directors.
Here’s an article about me in the Electronic Design Automation Industry blog and one on ThomsonReuters called the Knowledge Effect, which covered my panel presentation at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Computing Conference. Read a little more about my panel discussion with prominent Creative Directors at the 3% Conference.
If you have a conference or event that you’d like me to attend, please tell me more about it.