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Utopia on Campus @butleru

April 25th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 12.12.22 PMIf you don’t live in Indianapolis and/or haven’t been around Butler University’s campus of late–there’s a decent reason why you haven’t been around campus: it’s under construction. Big time.

Part of the construction is a new dorm, which honestly, we need (former resident of Schwitzer Hall, here…I speak from first hand experience).  The other massive structure going in is a parking garage – also something else we desperately need.

But that’s not the interesting bit. What’s interesting about the parking garage is that there will be some retail on the bottom of the garage.  Considering there isn’t a lot of business right around walking distance from campus, this is exciting.

We received a survey a while ago about what all we’d like to see in this retail space.  Of course, I answered the survey.  But, if I ruled the universe (which I currently don’t. At least yet, anyway…) here’s what I’d like to see go into that retail space:

1. A new concept pharmacy lab – Note I didn’t say “pharmacy.” You already know how I feel about a lot of chain pharmacies right now – in that if someone blindfolded you, planted you in the middle of one, you probably couldn’t tell which one you were in, since they all look the same. Ugh.  Instead, I’d really love to see us try something new with a pharmacy concept.  In that–maybe we actually have a vending machine pharmacy for 30 fast moving drugs, and that a pharmacist could actually talk to the patient while the machine fills the prescription.  Maybe that also means a juice bar with healthy options, and a third space hangout for students and health classes for the community.  Maybe that means banning the sale of sugary processed food, alcohol and tobacco and instead sell healthy snacks that don’t send our blood sugar levels into outer space.  And yes, maybe that even means a cooking classroom space to have classes on eating vegetarian, paleo, or other diets that cut out the $*(^*&^! we eat.  Last, this would have a bookstore with books on health, cooking smart and well, etc.  Apps, wearable tech support would also happen.  Center for Urban Ecology on campus could even sell their veggies here in the summer.

As I said, not your typical pharmacy.

2. A restaurant that’s one of a kind – I mean one of a kind for Indy.  I’d like to see healthy choices here too – why not a faster food choice that’s healthy, like iQFood Co. or Oakland’s (non profit) Core Kitchen – that sells only veggie based meals? A local chef could really try something new and healthy in this space – and have a low cost lunch option and a higher brow evening option – but HEALTHY.  And, a place where students can learn more about cooking and eating healthy too.

3. Co-learning and retail environment – In high school, the students ran a store of their own to learn about entrepreneurship.  Now, while there are tons of co-working spaces, what I don’t see much of in Indy are concepts like NC-based Gather.  It’s a coffee bar/hangout for entrepreneurs.  They have classes on handmade stuff.  And, they have front end retail space for ‘treps to sell their wares.  What if we could teach our students at Butler how to make things (a la the maker movement), have a third space for them to hang out with other entrepreneurs, and learn how to sell their stuff?  Classes on the maker movement, anyone?  It’s like Etsy on campus!

4. University Alumni Dawg House – A place where you can go when you’re naughty. Ha. Just kidding. Sort of.  Seriously–I would love a place for taking my guest speakers for a beer or glass of wine after a lecture and catch up.  I really can’t do that now unless I want to get into the car.  And, if everyone has their knickers in a twist about etoh on campus, do what other schools do – sell half alcohol to no alcohol content beer.  Limit to 2.  I really am not wanting a hang out for alums and all of us over 21 to get hammered – but I do want a place for alums, speakers and all of us to feel welcome, grab a drink and catch up.  I really think Butler has been LONG overdue for a University Club for alumni.  We could even partner with a local brewer (eh hem, black acre/sun king, etc.) and have our very own BU-Dawg-Brew!  (And hey–I really don’t even like beer, but I’m behind supporting the locals.)

I’ll stop here.  If I could manage that space, these 4 concepts I’d put into the space in a heartbeat.  The one thing they all share in common? Hangouts.  Environments to trade ideas, share and learn.  And, after all, isn’t that really what a university or college is supposed to be about?

The Busiest and Best Week of My Life…as a Professor

April 20th, 2015

When does this happen?

Well, the first, and probably most shocking admission–it occurs when I AM THE STUDENT.

Let me explain.

This coming week, the week of 4/20/15, is my favorite of the entire year as a teacher.  Why?  Because STUDENTS become the teachers and share what they’ve learned over the course of the semester.  Cases in point:

1. In RX526 – Pharmacy, Policy and the Law – students for the next 2 weeks present THEIR opinions on pending law and policy, based upon their analysis of a pending piece of legislation in small subteams.  Issues like:

  • medical marijuana legalization,
  • whether or not pseudoephedrine should be a controlled substance in Indiana,
  • eCigarette legislation,
  • covering drugs for addiction,
  • civil immunity for healthcare providers,
  • making naloxone or epinephrine more accessible,
  • the terminally ill allowed to use investigational new drugs,
  • and even whether or not PDE-5 inhibitors should be OTC.

What I want them to get out of this: that they can analyze a piece of pending legislation, weigh the pros and cons, land on one side or the other, THEN be able to advocate for their position to a larger audience.  What do I get out of it as the bonus?  I learn where the future of the profession is heading.  I want to hear their opinions.

2. RX601-07 BU Well start up – wrap up – This is when the subteams present their final work for building the open access multimedia healthcare journal RAN BY STUDENTS.  They had the chance to build bylaws, policies and procedures, even training for next fall – and I get to see all the awesome stuff they built this semester this week.  This has been a fantastic learning experience for students, and for me.

3. RX640 – Entrepreneurship in Healthcare and Life Sciences – My FAVORITE in terms of one thing – Shark time!  This year, I have 4 lady sharks (real women business owners in tech and healthcare) who will be critiquing plans and listening to 5 different pitches.  I love hearing the pitches and watching to see what the students learned throughout the semester – about themselves through their strengths, about how to work on a team, and even how to take an idea, get it on paper and run with it.  Last week in class, we analyzed some actual Shark Tank clips.  The best part here is – the skill set transcends whatever job they end up with in the real world, in that learning how to take that idea, put it on paper, come up with realistic numbers, and then pitch it to get it funded is a skill set that everyone and anyone can use!

Do you see the theme here across the classes?  It’s this: I want students to think for themselves.  They already have the answers in their guts, it’s just helping them pull them out and describe them.  After all, that’s what college is about – learning how to THINK for yourself.  How to build something from NOTHING. How to ARGUE for a position or a cause, and then maybe win or BUILD from ground zero.

These are the best lessons I can give them as a professor….and I can’t wait to see what they all come up with this week!

Attention SubSCRIBErs

April 19th, 2015

Lady Gaga calls them her little monsters.  Barry Mainlow has “fanilows.” Jimmy Buffett of course has Parrot Heads.  There’s also Deadheads, The Blue Army, and Phans.

What are the fans of this blog called?  I called y’all my fab 13 originally.  But I think I may have a few more than 13 fans watching this blog now.  I don’t know.  Maybe SubSCRIBErs, since I’m always trying to get you all to lead through writing…?  I’m quite sure fans of this blog are not fans of labels anyway.

Regardless of the title moving forward, a couple of thingies for the official “subscribers” to this tiny blog:

1. You will no longer receive weekly emails on my blog, in an effort to keep your inboxes smaller.  They will be monthly moving forward.  Of course, you can always pop in anytime you’d like here and read what scary stuff is going on in my head.

2. Henceforth, I’m going to try and give randomized bits of awesomeness that ONLY subscribers to this tiny blog can gain access to…what are they? Well, guess you’ll have to subscribe to find out.  They’ll be random, irregular, and interesting–that I promise.

3. If you’ve been a subscriber, or even just a reader – thanks.  Honestly, 7 years ago when I started this little spot on the internet to think through things via writing, I never expected anyone besides myself (and maybe my mom) to actually stop by and read it.  With nearly 50,000 unique visits from peeps pretty much all over the world now and nearly double the page views later, I’m shocked that anyone beyond mom and I have actually checked it out. It has been an interesting experience, and for that I am grateful.

THANKS!

Just Write It

April 18th, 2015

MultipationalsCoverThrough a morass of conversations with parties this week (both inside and outside of the day job), and as I finally turned in my 9th original manuscript to the publisher this week (draft cover art in the post, saw this article and this excellent LI post on the subject today, and not to mention the story of my tardiness on this one is worthy of yet another post entirely), I’m here to provide a public service announcement of sorts and to grant you all permission on something.  You don’t need any more college degrees, certifications, or permission from anyone else either moving forward to make it happen.

If you’re into writing, I want you to know you should just do one simple thing to get better at writing: write.  Seriously–just write.  Stop waiting to instantly “get better,” to the point where it cripples you from writing.  Stop waiting for permission from others (you don’t even need it from me)! And, stop waiting for another class or credential to “get better” at writing.  You don’t need validation in order to write. JUST. WRITE.

Don’t get hung up on where to write, either.  Create a blog.  If you don’t want to mess with tech, get a piece of paper and just start cranking it out.  If you type faster, bust out that laptop and get busy.  DO NOT let the ‘how’ hinder your writing.

Like my piano teacher Mrs. Wersham said, “practice, practice, practice.”  The only way you’re going to get better about writing is to just do it.  Keep writing.  Keep cranking on your craft.

Realize as well that as another friend of mine says (Abdul-Hakim Shabazz): “Perfect is the enemy of good.”  Your writing is never going to be perfect.  But here’s the good news: THERE IS NO PERFECTION.  It doesn’t exist!  And even if it did exist, it certainly would be nowhere near my writing.

If you’re still reading this – guess what?  It’s time to stop reading my rant and it’s time for YOU to grab that keyboard or pen and get busy. Now. Stop waiting.  You already have everything you need to write, so JUST.

WRITE.

NOW.

Distinction Based On Strength: 3 Key Skills for ALL Future Employees

April 11th, 2015

BUCOPHS Honor Day 2015Today, I had the honor to speak at my first alma mater (Butler University) at the 2015 BUCOPHS Honor Day (which, candidly, as a student I probably never would have qualified for, unless they gave an award for “getting out alive”!)  Congrats to all the winners and their families!

The title of the talk matched our new college strategic plan, “Distinction Based On Strength.” And, the framework I used was 3 pronged–curation, creation and communication.  Some folks wanted me to post the links I mentioned in the talk as well, which are the following:

1. BU Well - Butler’s new healthcare multimedia interdisciplinary review journal.  The library portal will be here.  The Facebook page is here, and on Twitter, it is at @BUWellJournal.

2. Max Greene and the Vaccine Team – the brand new children’s book out, written by students across 3 colleges on Butler’s campus – COPHS, COB and COE.  You can order books at their site right now.

3. The Gifts of Indiana: Three Birthdays and One Grand Adventure – This is the book just in time for the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial.  This project is also endorsed by the Indiana State Bicentennial Commission.  You can order books at their site as well, and this one was built for 4th graders all across Indiana to learn about our state’s history with real historical Indiana STEM professionals, like Eli Lilly, Madame CJ Walker, and Ryan White.

Last but not least, I’ll post the talk transcript on Slideshare for your reading pleasure.  (And seriously, if you can find the study I referenced, I’m all ears – because now that I need it, I can’t find the original form – that’s the internet for you!)

 

Shark Week is Coming!

April 9th, 2015
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Shark Week at BUCOPHS

‘Tis the end of the semester.  I can feel it.  Ramping up of grade books, assignments, and tests.

One more fun final exam coming is what I like to call Shark Week at BUCOPHS.  As part of RX640: Entrepreneurship in Healthcare and Life Sciences, students have been working all semester long on their business plans.  For shark week, I bring in four live, real world entrepreneurial sharks to evaluate their business pitches and final plans.  (This year, I happen to have 4 lady sharks!)

While it is a large portion of their total grade in the course (40%), it’s also a real world situation–where at some point in their careers, students will most likely have to pitch an idea to their boss, their boss’s boss, or the head of a company.  Maybe they have to sell an idea to a board they work on.  Maybe they’ll have to support something new with an organization they are part of.

I care less about the audience, and more about the skill set.  Can they handle the pressure?  Can they handle the pressure from the people who have been-there, done that when it comes to pitching plans and ideas in a sometimes brutal world?

I’d like to think our version of the shark tank is a little kinder and gentler here at BU.  But, regardless of the pressure now, the pressure will only ramp up when students get into the real world.  Might as well prepare them now for reality…at least this time without the bites!

The Most Important Trait Not on the Syllabus To Learn

April 4th, 2015

lifeisablurMy own writing has suffered a bit this semester, due to the fact that I’ve been working hard to get this open access journal up and running for the STUDENTS to run at Butler University starting next fall, called BU Well.  My mad writing skills are being dumped into development of syllabi (note not ‘syllabus’–yes, 4, rather than just 1 – this is a longitudinal course), course cards, university and college approval forms, etc.

While honestly, I don’t mind, as it is my job…one thing that I’ve absolutely loved about the first crop of students THIS semester who are developing the bylaws, procedures and job descriptions for the Editorial Board moving forward is their abilities around a skill that I think is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL to the success of future entrepreneurs and leaders.  Yet, I’m not sure if anyone is really even teaching this skill.

Is it writing?  Well, we really haven’t gotten to the writing skill yet–beyond bylaws and procedures.  Is it editing?  I’m sure there are at least a few who have counted my errors on tense, subject/verb agreement and run on sentences in my countless emails to them.

Actually, it is neither.  Don’t get me wrong–it’s absolutely critical to be able to communicate well in both the written word AND have the ability to edit the written words to make a writing even better, I’m not even thinking about this skill set as I write this post.

Here’s the most critical trait that I don’t think is being taught in colleges and universities around the world, but absolutely should be. Ready? It’s…

Hustle.

(And yes, it’s worthy of capitalization, even though I’m mid-sentence.)

Now, what exactly does that term mean?

To me, that term means many things.  Hustle means going with the flow.  Hustle means slowing down and paying attention the roll of ideas and opportunities flashing before people each and every day, choosing those that make sense for the individual, then running with them.  That means, creating something on the fly to address a problem.  That means attacking a problem with urgency and getting something done quickly and efficiently.  That also means pivoting when something is NOT working and being flexible and interactive based upon the changing world around us.

Here’s what hustle does NOT mean:

Asking for a rubric, or a twenty page list of steps to get from point A to B on an assignment, or a task, or a job.  Hustle is NOT waiting for someone else to tell you what to do.  Hustle is NOT viewing the world as black and white, with stoic, inflexible systems and rules.  Hustle is NOT the excuse of, “..that’s the way we’ve always done it.”

The thing that has impressed me most with the 30 students willing to go out on a limb with me for this open access multimedia journal experiment in healthcare hasn’t been their writing or editing skills.  It instead has been their ability to HUSTLE.

They can take the ball and run with it.  When there are no rules, they can try to build them from scratch.  When the professor doesn’t have the answers (and trust me, I don’t have them more often than not on this particular project–and for that matter, on many projects/experiments), they can go and figure it out.  This is awesome, because this is exactly what happens in the real world of work.  Think about it – when was the last time your boss gave you an assignment or project with a list of 20 steps to take in order to get it done?  If you get said list, good for you – you’re lucky.  But for the rest of us, we don’t get the list.  We just have the expectation put upon us that the project or assignment will GET DONE.

But are universities and colleges teaching our students how to hustle?  I’m not totally sure they are.  Classrooms dictate conduct according to a syllabus.  Syllabi are written according to college and/or university protocol.  I won’t go so far as to say that the traditional classroom is draconian, but is it?

Regardless of where you went to college, or where a loved one is heading for college next year, please try and teach your friends and family this important trait, because I’m worried that higher education may not be teaching it.  It’s honestly not even on my syllabi for these courses on this journal, but I do expect that students will have this ability.  And in a world full of chaos, massive, global changes and entropy happening each and every day, if we don’t teach the next generations how to improvise, go with an idea and make it happen–AKA hustle…they, and we, are doomed.

Biggest Problems/Opportunities in Public Health & Pharmacy

March 29th, 2015

I just finished watching the film, Resistance, on Netflix.  Nearly 180K people die in the U.S. now due to drug resistant bacteria.  Yet, we still allow farmers to use rampant antibiotics in farm animals that we eat, feeding the resistance even more.  The EU banned antibiotic feed to animals a long time ago, yet, we haven’t.  Shame on us.

This travesty aside, it got me thinking about the problems, challenges and (positive way of looking at it) opportunities that I think are probably the most pressing in public health now.  So, I started looking up what other healthcare pros think are pressing issues.  Sanjay Gupta’s are here.  I just finished Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, where he presents the argument that quality vs. quantity of life near the end should be considered, as well as cost.  Of course, you can’t avoid the huge “EBOLA” banner right now over at CDC’s website, either.

It appears that over at the Indiana state’s website on public health–(other than our discriminatory lawmakers–yes, I went there), we suffer from and thus have initiatives around preventing the spread of HIV (mainly through Scott County’s Opana/dirty needles issue), HIP 2.0 and getting affordable healthcare plans on board, and the measles outbreak/getting vaccinated.

I’m now going to stop being Debbie Downer, and instead focus on the challenges that I think we’ll be facing in droves in healthcare over the coming years, that I think in turn could be opportunities for pharmacy and pharmacists.  This could create win-win situations for patients and pharmacies…but only if we have a few pharmacists out there who dare to get out of the box and try some new services and ideas.

Ready?

Affordable, sustainable communities – This one seems the most obvious, but often times I don’t know if lawmakers stop and think about ensuring that the community itself is sustainable, rather than putting bandaids on problems, like some listed above.  This to me means good, close schools. This means affordable housing (like the tiny house movement – I still dream of the day living without a mortgage).  This means affordable healthcare too.  I still have friends who are willing to pay the penalties coming for not having healthcare insurance, because they simply cannot afford a healthcare plan (and I wish we could just get this burden off the backs of our employers).  This also means walkable communities, which have healthy food choices within a walk to the local grocery store.  This means designing houses in subdivisions where people can age in place too.  Frankly, without this as a major public health concern, any state or local community is doomed.

Am I saying that big healthcare conglomerates should get into civic and community development?  Yes. Where’s the big pharmacy chain Tiny House subdivision with the store in the center that sells healthy choices to consumers, and allows them to have care at variable levels in their tiny, mortgage free houses?  If healthcare conglomerates really care about public health, they’d be right there with commercial builders to redesign what healthy living looks like from the ground up, rather than running to the latest street corner with a light on it to build a new drugstore.

Vaccinations – Pharmacists are already on this one – I just wish we could serve up the vaccines closer to home, rather than forcing customers to come to us for them.

Antibiotic-free protein sources – This was the idea that sparked this post.  But seriously, if we continue to let farmers feed their animals antibiotics, scary bacteria like MRSA, and even resistant Salmonella are going to take out more of us in the population.  Whole Foods vows to not sell antibiotic fed meat from animals.  Here’s a list of plant-based protein sources.  The pharmacists out there can do a lot of educating around this realm…but are we?

Services to keep the elderly happy and healthy at home – This one actually goes right back up to the first problem I outlined here, but each day, 10,000 people in the US now are turning 65.  Harvard said we’re ill-prepared.  Health care costs are going to go up for the elderly.  They can’t make it to the drug store as easily (hopefully, the drones may help us out here).  One should look at Aging in Place resources.  Maybe Angie’s List or a pharmacy chain could get into an index of resources to help the elderly stay at home, and sell it like a subscription service?  It would have to be cheaper than hospital stays and long term care!  And yet, I don’t really see that many in healthcare stepping up into the aging in place phenomenon that’s coming…like it or not.

Shrinking # of Physicians - Sanjay is right about this one.  Why should someone go to undergraduate, then med school, then work like a dog in a residency and/or fellowship, rack up tons of debt, only to get out and let insurance companies and everyone else (including the federal government) tell them what they’ll pay for their services?  Frankly, I don’t know that medicine IS a wise choice for our best and brightest anymore.

The good news here is that mid level practitioners will have plenty of work to do if the # of physicians decreases as everyone predicts.  However, governments are going to have to get flexible about scopes of practice for the midlevels if they want their populations cared for – otherwise, we’ll be even less healthy than we are now.

These are all opportunities for public health, healthcare in general, and pharmacy specifically.

Will we rise to the challenges?

 

 

Dear Indiana,

March 26th, 2015

At the end of a very long, crazy, tech-filled day, it’s nice to come back to the simple pleasure of…writing.

But, this letter to my home state is not going to be a nice or pretty one.

Today, for those of you not living in Indiana and/or who didn’t have the opportunity to watch the news, our Governor signed into law SB 101, which he describes as a “religious freedom” act.  The only trouble is, this bill has nothing to do with religion, nor freedom.

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My Tweet on this matter today.

Instead, it basically makes discrimination legal in our state.  And, thankfully and sadly all at the same time, there are businesses ready to pull their business OUT of the state now that this bill is signed.  In particular, businesses that are all-inclusive to all types of customers are ready to bail on doing business in and with Indiana because our state government chose to put this bill into action as law.

This bill sets Indiana back again (not that I even thought this could have been possible), and reeks of the same non-inclusive tones as last legislative session with an attempt to ban gay marriage.

I want my readers and the entire universe to know that I do not support this bill, nor do I support any bill that excludes people, or allows discrimination of any type.  I was taught (through my religion, and in being a decent person) that one should be inclusive–consider all points of view, and welcome diversity–NOT exclude.

Today, I’m embarrassed to call myself a native Hoosier.

Sincerely,

Erin L. Albert

 

7 Coolest Programs & Projects I’ve Co-Designed Thus Far

March 25th, 2015

I need to write a post on cool programming I’ve designed/programmed/done thus far.  There’s a lot to choose from, but here are the ones that really stick out in my mind.  (And to say I did them solo would be absolutely WRONG.  These were all team/group efforts.  In some, I came up with the idea, but others implemented.  In others, someone else came up with the idea and I just executed.  Some were a hybrid of both skill sets. Some are in the past, others are ongoing, and some are yet to come.)  They will appear in random order below.

Relative to my philosophy on learning and design of tools to make cool products and services: I just want to litter the universe with knowledge.  After that, I am a maximizer, so I want to take the cool stuff produced and spread it like a virus to the widest audience possible.  That’s the background I try to keep in mind every time I work on a book, project, or process.

Enough disclaimers…ready?

1. Social Media Dames Unconference SeriesSocialMediaDamesTo help women get their voices heard online, my friend Amy Stark and I set up this conference series in Indiana (Indy and Ft. Wayne) so that women could jump over the hurdles of technology and go straight into sharing their stories.  Although I’ve stepped out of this series, I am hopeful that it will live on through Amy.

2. 21 Flavors: Ideas on How Might We Increase Medication Adherence?This one was not my idea in concept, but in 21 Flavors Graphicexecution.  Community Health Network co-sponsored this CE for pharmacists at Butler University a while ago.  What was fun about it was two fold: 1. there were 21 speakers, each speaking for 5 min about one “flavor” or way to increase medication adherence, with the intimidating factor of a gong going off if they exceeded 5 min.  2. This was the first program that I turned into enduring materials online via the google site.  We also published the summary in Drug Topics.  And, we had ice cream.  Seriously – what more could you want from a meeting?

3. BU Well1BU WellThis one is still ongoing.  We had press on it recently – co-written by the students.  They’re coming up with great ideas to make the first, open-access, student-driven, multimedia healthcare journal that we can find out there in the ether.  The journal will launch in the summer/fall of 2015, and I can’t wait to see what the first edition/volume will look like next summer.  Inventing the idea, the logo, and helping out the students with things like media training, journal development, and website management has been a true honor and blast.

4. STEM Princess Series - This will be a series, if it kills me!  I’m cranking on book 2 right now.  I’m alsoScreen Shot 2014-09-23 at 9.21.10 AM
having a doll made of one of the characters.  This needs to be a multimedia empire, not because I want to be the next Walt Disney, but because GIRLS NEED STABLE FINANCIAL FUTURES by choosing to opt in to STEM careers.  STEM is cool – we just need to show girls at an early age that it really IS cool!  I also like tearing down the baggage around the term “princess.” I love the manifesto we created for the book.

5. Children’s Book Student Writing & Publishing Series @ButlerU – I wrote about this project series recently, and it still blows my mind that different teams of students here at Butler across colleges have published 5 different books that are now helping others learn about healthcare, pharmacy, and STEM.  Writers really are leaders, and even though helping students produce these books is a TON of work, it’s worth it in the end, because we all grow from the experiences.

…And two haven’t happened yet – but they will soon!

6. Pearls Sessions – This year’s Annual BUCOPHS CE – June 4-5, 2015 Was it VanGogh who said that the best artists steal ideas?  Anyway, I totally stole this idea from ASHP, as they tend to have a lot of different speed round talks on topics they call pearls sessions.  At the end of two very long full days of CE, we’re going to try a speed round this year to keep things fun and moving.  Will this work?  Don’t know, but it will be fun to try!

7. Crowdfunding 101 – A Women Entrepreneurial Panel Discussion – March Madness – Mar 31, 2015A lot of people love to talk about helping women entrepreneurs raise capital for their businesses, as it’s probably the biggest hindering factor for women to grow established businesses.  In my world, talk is kind of cheap – at least as an entrepreneur.  Instead, I felt like acting and putting together a panel discussion of REAL WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS who ran REAL CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGNS – to share how they did it, what they learned from the process, and most important, to teach other women how to do it.  No theoretical jabbering, no pontificating – just real talk on how to raise money for businesses through the crowdfunding channel.  This will be in Indy at Launch Fishers at the end of March.  Hope you can come learn how to make the money raising magic happen.

That’s it.  Those are the top 7 in recent years. As one of my friends reminded me today, I’m a life long learner.  And, the best part about learning is that I get to bring others along on the ride with me.  It’s been fun.  And, I hope in the future I get to help bring even more creative, fun and exciting learning projects to life.