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Shout Out: Stacy Flynn

Shout Out: Stacy Flynn

Stacy Flynn

This year I’ve had the honor of spending more time with Stacy Flynn, creator of The Future Resource Collective and Evrnu. I’ve truly found her tenacity and resilience inspiring. 2014 was both a challenging and rewarding year for her. After putting just about all of her time, energy, and soul into bringing her concept to reality, she received first place in the SVP (Social Venture Partners) Fast Pitch in Seattle, presented at the Cradle-To-Cradle Conference in NYC, and ran a successful $25,000 Indiegogo campaign. Watch out for this one. She’s on a mission to change the apparel and manufacturing industries specifically, but aims to create processes that can change the way we fundamentally do business. I’m proud of you Stacy!

Stacy can be found online at:

Shout Out: Nina Carduner

Shout Out: Nina Carduner

Nina Carduner

You may have seen the “100 Years of Beauty in 1 Minute” video around the Internet recently. It was a collaboration between some very talented women with a well-executed concept. What you may not have seen, though, is the person who takes center stage in the video, Nina Carduner, is not only a model, but holds her MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, has been very involved in the startup and technology movement in the West Coast, and is currently working in sustainability efforts. Plus she’s a fun person to be around. Get it Nina! Congratulations!

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Spending Time with OneWorld Now!

Roughly ten years ago I packed a duffle bag and my minidisc player (remember those?) and set out for an experience that quite literally opened my eyes to an entirely new world. That was the summer I spent in beautiful Guanajuato, México with a family I had never before known.

I lived with this family for six weeks—a six weeks that was extremely important for me for several reasons. Yes, it was great to be able to practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish where Spanish is the official language. Yes it was also wonderful to be able to witness the arts, culture, and food firsthand. But, most importantly it was an experience that allowed for me to get to know some of the people and for them to get to know me. That was the moment we stopped knowing of each other and actually began knowing each other.

These personal interactions and exchanges helped me develop a much deeper appreciation for, and understanding of, the possibilities that are created when geographical, emotional, social, and ideological barriers are deconstructed. It affected my outlook on life and made me realize how the world can be both a large and small place simultaneously. My curiosity in various cultures and places grew as did my ability to hold in reverence both the differences and similarities among people. This has played a major role in the way I approach issues and opportunities today and has truly helped me become a better global citizen.

In my opinion, the ability to study abroad, learn within diversity, and explore one's curiosity are essential opportunities that should not be denied to individuals based on a any person's ability to pay. It's not only about visiting new places—it's about the chance to develop as a human being, follower, leader, and more informed, compassionate, aware, and empathetic member of society. OneWorld Now! is doing their part to make this a reality—at least in the Seattle area.

The first time I saw Kristin Hayden, I was photographing the 2012 Women in Innovation Summit in Seattle, WA. When she stepped out on stage to present, I was immediately taken by her impeccable sense of style and beautiful shoes, and thought, "I must meet this person." Equally, if not more, impressive is what she and her team at OneWorld Now! are doing with young people in the Seattle Area. Imagine a program that not only provides study abroad programs, but also provides an opportunity to learn language, cultural, and leadership skills in order to prepare them to fully participate and thrive in an experience that can change their lives forever.

Spending time with the folks over at OneWorld Now! has been very rewarding. Several things really stood out to me about this organization. The first is that they have a strong sense of mission. Secondly, all of these opportunities are focused on low-income and minority youth who have historically had the least access to study abroad and leadership development.

They are very welcoming

The offices of OneWorld Now! might be among the warmest and most inviting of any I've ever visited. Everyone is always greeted with a smile, the doors are never locked, and the staff take a genuine interest in their visitors. Kristin Hayden says, "We always keep our doors open. We want our students to feel like they are welcome when they arrive early. We never want them to feel like they're in the way." Over the week I spent with them, students often arrived up to an hour and a half early to their language classes (either offered at their school or at Impact HUB Seattle) and spent their time talking amongst each other, doing homework, or practicing their foreign language skills.

They teach Arabic and Chinese

These two languages are becoming increasingly significant within business, social, environmental, and ecological movements. Now a student at the University of Washington, Philmon Haile has parlayed his training into some really tremendous opportunities such as studying abroad and working in the US Embassy in China. Haile is the type of young man who has a strong yet humble presence. He's very easy to be around and his natural ability to recognize the gifts inherent in each individual. He was recently mentioned by First Lady Michelle Obama when talking about the positive things that happen when, as a nation, we invest in our youth. In this speech Ms. Obama states, "So studying abroad isn't just a fun way to spend a semester. It is quickly becoming the key to success in today's global economy…it's about having real experiences with cultures beyond your borders."

The students understand the value

The youth who take part in this program are both very excited about and very committed to making their experiences learning about various cultures, languages, and leadership. When asked what their favorite part of the program was, most said that traveling was the single-most fun part. But when asked to explain what they really enjoyed the most about the travel, terms like friendships, understanding, growth, leadership, potential, life-changing, making a difference, and respect came up repeatedly

Kristin Hayden and I. I still want that jacket Kristin!

I'm Inspired by David Carroll

Alma Lorraine Bone Constable is a person I deeply care for and respect. During one of my interviews with her she said, “I can honestly say I love everybody. In each and every person there is something to love.” Not only does she say that, but she backs it up with her actions. So when she emailed me one day simply saying, “You two need to know each other,” I paid attention. After taking about a month to synch calendars, David (Dave) Carroll and I finally got a chance to meet in person. Dave is a connector. He’s very friendly,  outgoing, and nice. In a world in which it seems like most people are interested in each other only as long as they can provide some sort of utility, I must admit, it’s refreshing that after many conversations, lunches, and sit-downs, it turns out that Dave is truly as cool as he appears to be.

Who Inspires You?

I am inspired first and foremost by our creator who brought my wife, Jenny, and I together, and our four boys we've brought into this world. Often, they all bring me to happy tears. Generally speaking, I am thrilled by the human spirit. Through each “custom-made” attitude and “one-of-a-kind” personality, I see the gifts, talents, skills, tendencies and strengths that each and every one of us possesses. Amazing. Isn't it? 

What is the most interesting question you’ve ever been asked and how did you respond?

Are you really this way all the time, Dave? It drives me crazy to have my 'clear blue' optimism questioned by those around me. As if it wasn't possible to actually LIVE with passion for the majority of every day! My response: as long as I can breathe, see, feel and talk—I've got everything I'll ever need to connect with people. All else is just…stuff.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I am quite fascinated with birds. It all started in 5th grade when I broke my femur and could not attend school. In fact, I spent most of the year at home where I did my homework. Mostly, I spent my time staring out the various windows in my house studying every detail available regarding my fine feathered friends.

If you removed all constraints how would you spend your time?

Without barriers, I would be most pleased spending tons of quality individual {and family} time with each of my sons and Jenny. Reading, talking, laughing, being physically active, means that we truly know one another as best we can. All of us together would embark on things that could make a difference in someone else's life. I believe that is important enough to teach and model to my kids.

How did you get to where you are today?

I decided back in college that I would do the things that most people wouldn't. Like standing up in front of others to speak about something I believe in. Anything! I wanted to lend a hand. You know – help out a little or a lot. I was also purposeful about reading as much as possible and meeting as many people as I could. Not just those that I wanted to know but people I felt should know me. These were the driving forces back then that shaped much of who I am today.

What are you doing to be the person you want to be?

I continue to stretch myself when it comes to doing those little things that most everybody else would not dare. I have found that teaching others what you have learned or experienced is quite possibly one of the best ways to improve. Leaders must always practice being leaders. And so I do.  

What can you do today to improve someone else’s life?

Look at them, eye to eye and open your mouth and say something nice or pleasant. A smile, handshake, or name goes a very long way. Ask a question like, "Is there anything that I can help you with?" Even if the answer is “no thanks” the gesture runs deep.

What do you think is the most fascinating subject/concept in the world? 

Leadership. I've seen, heard, and felt so many different versions of this subject over the years. I have dedicated a major portion of my personal and professional life to it's legacy. It is the profound difference maker that can change the world around you. 

What makes you smile? 

When I am in the presence of people. I am very people-centered and I enjoy finding the opportunities to make someone feel special enough to know that it matters. 

What projects are you currently working on? 

It is my dream to publish a book around the beauty and power of the human race. It's all in my head right now!! :-)

How can we support you? 

If you believe after reading this there is somebody I should meet, by all means reach out and hook us up. Anybody who is willing to open up to me, I’m all for it. It all comes down to honest, meaningful relationships—and that's me in a nutshell.

How can we contact you? 

Linkedin is a great medium for connecting with me.


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