MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS:
"Bill Ryan, the former speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, taught me more than anything else about patience and persistence, and if something is worth doing and worth working on for as long as it takes, how to not get down if it doesn’t get accomplished quickly."
LAST BOOK READ:
"The Option of Urbanism by Chris Leinberger."
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:
"Social entrepreneur, someone who’s open to new ideas and new approaches and is willing to do the hard work to make that happen."
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED:
"Michigan Future is a think tank, and what we’re working on is helping the community be successful in a flattening world. It’s a relatively unique space. Where we’re headed is to help figure out how we can get Michiganians to better align with new realities along the path to success – instead of resisting the flattening of the world – and to find better ways to be successful."
FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET:
"At the moment, the Garmin GPS. I don’t have to get lost again. It's terrific."
"Santa Fe. They're right when they say 'land of enchantment.'"
"Travel. I love to explore other places."
"Lemon meringue pie, since I was a kid."
MY HIDDEN TALENT:
"I'm pretty sure that people think of me as a big thinker, but I really enjoy – at work and at home – doing projects from beginning to end where I get to worry about the details and getting it right."
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED:
"By having made a difference in the community. I’ve been driven since the 1960s, taking inspiration from the Kennedys, to contribute to making this a better place than how we found it."
At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.