I have always had a passion for business. At the age of 17, I worked with a group of close friends to turn a school club into a non-profit organization. While building that, I got my first job in the start-up world at PhilanthroKidz, a virtual world start-up targeted at tweens. I began intentionally learning about management and leadership with guidance from Dean Julia Christensen Hughes of the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph. She assessed my management of a project called Reach Lesotho that involved nearly fourty people and $125,000 over the course of eighteen months. She questioned my decision making and management strategies, and had me simultaneously study management strategies through an academic lens.
I have continued to practice business development and management for the past ten years. Whether it was in putting together a production team with Turn and Punch Productions, deciding how financial resources should be spent with Raindrop Hearing, or supporting investor relationships with PhilanthroKidz, I have been consistently challenged and inspired by the responsibilities of business development and management. Below are some important aspects of my approach.