Written in a Tub, One Year Ago

I'm sitting in a bath tub. The band is out exploring DC and grabbing dinner while I'm I'm trying to get rested up because tomorrow is the big day at the Supreme Court. Since landing here, I've received a over 21,000 messages and phone calls. It's been back to back interviews, performances, and appearances...in other … Continue reading Written in a Tub, One Year Ago

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Dissent is Patriotic

Most people aren't aware that the Star Spangled Banner was written by an outspoken white supremacist and slave owner (Francis Scot Key), nor that the melody was from a British fraternity song. The reality is that the symbols of our history is mired with hate and bloodshed - from Confederate flags to the names of … Continue reading Dissent is Patriotic

The Day of the Supreme Court Decision

June 19, 2017 It’s Monday morning. After working fifteen-hour days everyday for a month straight, I’m bleary with exhaustion. It is one of the few remaining days that the Supreme Court could possibly publish their decision on my case. Fifty-fifty chance it happens this morning. I stumble to the restroom and catch a glimpse of … Continue reading The Day of the Supreme Court Decision

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

A few weeks ago, I put my notice in at work with no set plans, no confirmed next step. I just knew that it was no longer my place. That night, I received affirmation by way of fortune cookie: Some thoughts: I realize how many of us end up in a trap. We have been … Continue reading Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Yes, Read the Comments Section

My newest TED talk was delivered in May 2017 in Bend, Oregon. While the eyebrow-raising title ("Yes, Read the Comments Section") might make some feel uncomfortable because of their personal experiences, I believe it is important to wade into the waters of the unknown in order to make connections with those of different beliefs. At … Continue reading Yes, Read the Comments Section

Portland State University Multicultural Graduation Keynote (Video & Text)

https://youtu.be/7OsZzvHXyFQ?t=24m53s Last month, I had the honor and privilege of being the keynote speaker for Portland State University's 2016 Multicultural Graduation. The video of the speech can be found above. Here's the original text: It’s a great honor to be speaking with you - not only because I’m addressing a graduating class that has the … Continue reading Portland State University Multicultural Graduation Keynote (Video & Text)

Upcoming Entrepreneurship Seminar

On June 25th, I'll be teaching an all-day seminar on Entrepreneurship at Marylhurst University. While it is generally reserved for current MBA and business management students, the school is welcoming community members to attend as well. Below is information about the class: Entrepreneurship involves the process of converting an idea or invention into a successful enterprise … Continue reading Upcoming Entrepreneurship Seminar

How Social Media Affects Elections

Today, I participated in a panel from City Club of Portland's Friday Forum on how social media affects elections in Oregon. I was honored to join a distinguished group of experts, each with a unique perspective into the role that new media plays with social change. Below is the Storify recap of social media posts … Continue reading How Social Media Affects Elections

Developing Truly Diverse and Inclusive Marketing and Communications

Tomorrow, Feb 17th, I'll be presenting a workshop for the American Marketers Association Portland chapter called "Stop Tokenizing Me: How to Be Diverse and Inclusive In Your Marketing." As I hint in the description, diversity and inclusion are often afterthoughts, especially in the world of marketing and communications. When “diversity” is seen as something to … Continue reading Developing Truly Diverse and Inclusive Marketing and Communications