Graduated from CU-Boulder in the spring of 2013. I'm still residing in Boulder, Colorado and am now working with Paul Polak and the Out of Poverty team.
Nowadays, this is where I find most of my growing passion for life. I started a few months ago with Paul and his team and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I've learned so much and have so much more ahead. I'm eager to attack poverty with business. I believe that business, if done ethically, can serve and pull millions from poverty. If you're reading this, you probably cringed "business, poverty?" Many people don't see these words in the same sentence because traditionally business has been highlighted for negative behavior. I'm committed to changing that, to redefining how people perceive business. From working with Paul, by learning about iDE-International Development Enterprises, engaging with Springhealth in India working on affordable clean water, or researching about D-Rev in San Francisco, I can the seeds being planted. If we want business to be a solution to poverty all we need is a revolution in design. Instead of designing high cost profits for wealthy people because they have the highest margin and we will sell the lowest # of units--let's flip the equation upside down. Let's design for the 90%.
Through extreme affordability and operating at scale, zero-based design can be applied to various business models in order to achieve a sustainable operation. Like Paul Polak, Mal Warwick, and many others, I believe that business has the potential to be the catalyst for change because they, unlike most nonprofits or NGOs, have the resources to operate at maximum potential and make a return--which will be further motivation for future investors and scaling the same design in multiple locations.
If you're interested in reading more on zero-based design from Paul and Mal I highly suggest it. Their latest book is called "The Business Solution to Poverty" and Paul's first book is "Out of Poverty".
From this you can probably tell, I'm highly interested in poverty, development, business, sustainability, CSR, etc. Since a young age, I've "felt" called to helping others. I feel like I am right where I need to be for the moment. I'm enthusiastic about the next few years and what the possibilities could mean.
I'm a dreamer....lookout world.
On the weekends you can find me wandering through the mountains exploring the forests. Being outside is my favorite thing to do.
I love photography and making videos, its an important piece of me. I love pictures, the stories that lie behind them. I believe good photography has the power to transform people, cultures, and our world.
I love animals, I think they are wonderful. I especially love dogs-I'm kind of a dog snob.
My favorite books are probably ones most people don't pick up. For example, this morning I was reading a memoir from an American living in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide--probably not everyone's cup of tea. I love history- there is something special about real stories to me. I struggle getting into any sort of fantasy world. I can never get past the first twenty pages of Hunger Games or Twiilight, sorry all you die hard fans, I tried. And for some of you, I even tried 5-6 times.
Aside from enjoying being outside, reading, and dogs, I like painting, drawing, using pastels or charcoals. I like full days of a project-waking up early, having coffee, listening to music, and going to it.
After I'm all spent in the creative department, I head to the kitchen. Lover of all veggies-its likely broccoli, spinach, onion, and quinoa again. Fresh vegetables are the way to my heart! Been a vegetarian since March.
At the end of the day, I'm just happy to be alive. I've been blessed in so many ways-with family, with friends, with experiences. I'm incredibly grateful for my life. I'm excited for where I've been and where I'm going. I can't wait for what lies ahead: the adventure that will be life. I can't wait to try new things, take risks, to fail, to learn from the failures, to grow and push myself farther than I could have imagined.