Hometown: Petaluma, CA
Pre-Daniels Experience: Prior to coming to Daniels, I was a leadership consultant in the higher education space.
Current Job Title: CEO & Founder, The Honest Stand
Hobbies: I like rock climbing, partner acrobatics, yoga, mountaineering, cooking ethic food and trail running.
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If you could tell your past-self one thing before you started grad school, what would it be?
Be focused in what you want to learn. Find ways to apply what you are learning in class outside of class, even if it is for a brief time. All of the content is practically applicable. It comes down to how badly you wish to truly understand the breadth of the content.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Don’t silo yourself away in your studies. For many of us, we were raised to chase the grade, as that represents success. The time you take learning from your Daniels classmates, and other DU students, will be equally as enriching, and worth the percentage point or two less you may lose on your class grade.
What is your favorite thing about living in Denver?
Denver has a progressive dietary and active culture, similar to the West Coast, and the warm, friendly and welcoming culture of the Midwest. I like to go trail running and climbing in Golden, backcountry and resort snowboarding, salsa dancing at La Rumba, going bar and tapas hopping in RINO, and weekend trips to Crested Butte.
Why did you want to pursue a graduate business degree?
I wanted to further my scope of knowledge within environmental and social business practices and analytics, while also exposing myself to new industries.
Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree?
Daniels provides collaborative programs with other schools at DU, allowing me to partner business practices with my industry interests.
Tell us about the Daniels classroom experience.
Daniels classes were conversational and collaborative around differing experiences. The willingness of professors to meet and discuss your interests or concerns was always greatly appreciated; the energy you put in will be reciprocated.
If you participated in a global trip with Daniels, tell us the most memorable part of that experience.
I went on a global trip to the eastern and southern parts of China to learn about how shared spaces within architecture increases the value of the property. Our MBA group received tours of facilities (museums, residential spaces, commercial spaces, etc.) and gastronomical experiences that well surpassed any planned tourism trip. Our group loved the trip and became very close due to the experiences together.
How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels?
By having my mental models challenged by my classmates, the Daniels staff and professors. I was always looking for opportunities to further my leadership experience, whether that was in a formal or informal, role. And, in those experiences, I would constantly ask for feedback from those around me. You don’t know what you don’t know, so ask those around you that have been watching and interacting with you.