A May Day Transition

A May Day Transition Another rainy day in southern Minnesota. I keep thinking the sun will return and the energy of summer will come for us to enjoy. May 1st is a day I see as a day of transition – we transition from spring to commencement! I love graduation and the joy that embraces…

Service Heart, Outcomes Head

A few weeks ago a local leader was described as having a servant heart and an outcomes head. I loved the description and considered what this description may have meant to others. “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings…

Knock on that Door!

Opportunity is knocking. A door, do you perceive it as as welcoming or a barrier? While touring Norway and Sweden, I started to take pictures of doors. Most of these photos are from Stockholm. As I wandered I kept thinking “these are exceptional”! Then I started asking people about there perception of a door. The…

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…