Big news! I am happy to announce that, after graduating with my first Bachelor's degree 16 years ago, and through a generous program under the Trade Act, I re-enrolled at Portland State University as a Post Baccalaureate student and will begin attending full time, starting this Monday, March 28th, 2016, to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. I'll graduate in December of 2017.
Networking events can be awkward and uncomfortable. Your anxieties are on high alert. You don't know anyone there. You're afraid you'll want to leave right away. "Why isn't anyone talking to me?". "Why aren't I talking to anyone else?". You'd rather be watching Netflix, catching up on sleep, or cleaning the toilet.
I connected my phone to the conference room's sound system and within an app on my phone I queued the episode to start right where I wanted. The speaker we listened to was Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert. In his interview on the TED Radio Hour he discusses his life's work on something he calls the "impact bias".
Each year, I used a week of vacation time in late July to celebrate my sister’s birthday, work on creative projects and enjoy the summer, and 2015 was no exception. The weather in Portland, Oregon was hot and we were enjoying a beautiful summer.
The Thursday of my vacation I had been downtown running errands. As I walked out of the barber shop...