Americorps NCCC (10-month program) - Charleston, SC. Worked with a traveling 10-member team and non-profit sponsors during 4-6 week philanthropic projects throughout the southeastern United States. Planned and carried out team activities and exercises,mediated team conflict, facilitated meetings regarding team status and objectives. Organized and gave promotional presentations at colleges, career fairs, and non-profit organizations.
CSP Project Development Conference - Denver, CO. Heard from industry leaders on probable future scenarios for the concentrated solar power (CSP) industry, as well as strategies for overcoming regulatory, transmission, and financial roadblocks for project development.
Stanford African Business Forum, Fortune at the Bottom of the African Pyramid - Stanford, CA. Met with African business leaders and thinkers, attended panels and discussions about the opportunities that exist in empowering base-of-pyramid populations through wireless communications, social entrepreneurship, renewable energy projects, and various investment sources.
Climate Policy and West Coast Transportation - Stanford, CA. A conference geared towards policy makers, transportation industry professionals, and EV technology and infrastructure developers who are involved in advancing clean energy and renewable vehicle fuel adoption.
Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP) 2008 - San Francisco, CA. Took part in a 3-day conference during the height of the financial crisis focusing on the social investment market. Discussed a variety of topics with hundreds of social investors, entrepreneurs, company CEOs, industry observers, and MBA students hailing from six continents.
Rose City Comedy Show - Portland, OR. Wrote, co-directed, and performed in entertainment events around the Pacific Northwest. Held Fund-raising events for Successful Choices Foster Homes and the Oregon Food Bank, collecting nearly 14,000lbs of canned food and donating several thousand dollars to charity. Organized promotions and marketing campaigns for the shows, met with business sponsors, held crew meetings, and consulted owner on business direction and ideas.
Small Business Consulting, English Garden - Osaka, JP. Devised marketing plan, constructed administrative structure, created manuals for training, sales duties, and management. Also conducted job interviews and made hiring decisions; was responsible for negotiating salaries and training new employees. Advised owner on strategies to improve the working environment to reduce employee/student turnover.
Notable personal activities: Have been cage-diving with great white sharks, bungee-jumping from world's highest commercial jump, have surfed on four continents, and walked several miles of the Great Wall of China.