I started life endlessly curious about how the world works.
Somewhere along the line this curiosity shifted--from how the world works, to how people work. Long story short I still don't know, but it took me on a fascinating detour through the world of cognitive science, perception, and linguistics.
I joined Gap International in 2005 as a consultant and researcher, and have spent the last eleven years trying to better understand the connection between thinking, language, and behavior. I've helped people do their best work through executive coaching and also by developing novel tools and services
When Philadelphia University launched its Strategic Design MBA I joined as a pioneering member of the first class, taking the leap to be part of something new and unknown. The risk paid off; it was there I discovered that all my life I've been a designer.
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I'll never forget when I first realized that we see with our brains, not with our eyes--that what we see and what's out there aren't at all the same, though they mostly do match up well. It instilled in me a deep appreciation for the fact that my view is not the only view.
A freshman seminar led me to a love affair with words that I never would have expected. It's the most powerful tool we have, and yet its impact is often hidden in plain sight. It can be as rough as a rusty hatchet or as precise as a surgeon's scalpel. It's staggeringly complicated, yet mastered at a young age. Few people know all the rules governing a grammatical sentence, and even fewer people ever break them. In the words of that insatiably curious blue monster Grover, "is that not fascinating?"
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Never in my life would I have called myself a designer, until I went back to school. My MBA gave me frameworks and a vocabulary that brought clarity to the way I've always thought. There I realized that as much as I love solving problems, I love finding them even more. The world always looked broken to me. Now I realize it just hasn't been designed.
The kitchen is where I go to lose track of time. I rarely wake up early to exercise, but if I need to be up at 4am to get a brisket in the oven, that's a no-brainer. It's an opportunity to work with my hands and create something, and the best part is you never know exactly how it will turn out. I love the physicality of it, I love the smells, and I love the surprise of taking that first bite. Like language, I find food to be both simple and complex.