The Cupcake Rule

The Cupcake Rule There are a lot of words out there and wise people that share them, often referred to as “Words of Wisdom”. I have several mentors who have provided words of wisdom to me over the years. Honestly, I usually have to think about the advice for a while and put them into…

Grateful for mothers and teachers!!

Grateful for mothers and teachers It seems appropriate for me to wish the mom’s a happy mother’s day and the teacher’s a wonderful teacher’s week together! These two celebrations go together for me as my mother was my first teacher. Learning is part of who I am and that has a lot to do with…

Celebrating the Very Best!

Celebrating Friday was a special day at Winona State University, yes we hosted commencement and transitioned over 1,000 students to alumna and alumni, and I met several individuals who were graduating. Two international students completed their doctorates and shared their story. They came to Minnesota from Kenya, completed their Associate Degrees in Nursing from Minneapolis…

Yes, and…. opportunities that serve the individual and the workforce

Yes, and…. Over the past several years there has been media attention focused on the need for technical and labor education. The reports have had a tendency to recommend technical education instead of baccalaureate or higher degrees. As a graduate of a technical and community college education, I find this “either, or” approach limiting and…

Running Wild In The Sun

Running Wild In The Sun Everyone has a favorite season, mine is not spring. I appreciate that summer is coming soon, however the disruption of the change of season includes mud and snow mold. Both the mud and mold slow me down, and ever since I was a small child, slowing down was never an…

Big Dreams for Brilliant Women

Bigs Dreams for Brilliant Women This week I attended the board meeting for the Jeremiah Program in Rochester. The program is amazing and I feel honored to be a member of this group. Across the nation this program transforms lives, two generations at a time. I love being a part of a bigger goal –…

I Hear You

I Hear You As a leader who follows radical transparency in my daily interactions, I have been asked “why is this different today than it was last week”. The simple answer is that the world is complex and situations change. Adding context to information is key to understanding how it evolves from one day to…

Long Overdue Reflection

As I sat on the beach in front of the Del watching “Some Like it Hot”, I realized that this was an iconic moment. Marilyn Monroe on the really big screen, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon early in their careers. All black and white production, sand under my feet, the smell of popcorn and warm…

A Sparkly Wish To You!

Ron and Jeanine’s holiday review We have enjoyed a full year in Rochester with a little travel and lots of family celebrations. Early in 2017 we vacationed in Hilton Head and had a relaxing week of bicycling and enjoying the moderate weather. Jeanine worked on her Charleston moves for Dancing for the Arts in Rochester…

Birthday Cards, Sympathy Cards, and Thank You Notes

Birthday cards, sympathy cards, and thank you notes It has been that kind of week. It started out with writing a birthday card to my grandmother as she turns 99 on the 11th. She is a great inspiration and provides a living example of what it looks like to persevere through several world, country, local…

The Day That Everything Changed

The Day That Everything Changed: Perfecting Of Skills Prior To Practicing On People I remember the day vividly, I was at the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) convention as a delegate for the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The results of the national simulation survey were announced. I just sat there, stunned. The…

Unique Blessings: A Tribute to Grandmothers

Unique Blessings Touching the image of the two of us, my grandmother put her finger on the image of my face and said “I remember being that young”. I looked at her and the nostalgia was palpable in the room. Clearly, she longed for the days of being younger – it was a time of…