I am a graduate, again. A Master in Business, specifically in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise. On December 15, 2012, 19 of my Cohort members and myself walked ourselves across the stage with new ambitions, lessons learned, pages turned, and even a new 8-month old adorable addition to the GSSE family. It was a haul my friends, like running a marathon at breakneck speed (not that I have any idea what running a marathon entails). I have a feeling this experience will take a while to fully develop and reveal its impact; there is no possible way to download the last 18-months in a few thoughts or paragraphs. I still feel this was exactly the right program for me. Having followed my own drumbeat for a very long time, it was such a privilege to work with faculty, staff, and teammates who truly celebrated differences and helped me evolve as a professional and a person. A hearty thanks to the village who helped make this happen! You are some damn fine people.
|Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA graduates - Cohort 5|
|Thanks for the support friends!|
|Really doin' it!|
|Thanks for making the trip Dad!|
|Just another day in on the front range|
|Celebrating opening day at Ski Cooper with all natural snow :)|
|Working on what I love: food!|
Holidays spent back in Ohio were fantastic. Don't know when I'm headed east again so it was nice to relax, eat mom's food, and pet my dog. On a final note about new beginnings, our faithful beast, Zeus checked out the day after I returned to Colorado. He'd rallied hard for the holidays but after well over a decade on Miller's Happy Acres, he was ready to go meet the other 4-legged family members who have touched our lives. Mom wrote a great blog about him and we continue to reminisce about the years of stories he amassed.
Animals teach us a lot; forgiveness, compassion, unrelenting focus on the things you truly care about (tennis balls), and never to settle for kibble when you can train your humans to feed you from the table. These are much more important lessons than anything we will ever learn in a classroom and I'll be carrying them forward into my 2013.
Happy New Year everyone, let's go do some great things!
|Zeus, the wonder dog|