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Archive for September, 2013

Here it is…ready or not!

Monday, September 30th, 2013


Princess Chloe, Planet STEM

Princess Chloe, Planet STEM

Well, here’s my Rocktobular project, peeps!  You’re getting it a bit early.

It’s all about girls and STEM in Indiana.  If you’ve read the stats – you already know that 1. girls are way behind in Indiana…and 2. girls are actually decreasing their interest in 2 of the biggest growth areas of STEM now – a. computer science and b. engineering.

Ladies and gentlemen, I can’t stand back and watch this happen to my sisters, the state of Indiana, and the country of the United States of America.

I’m writing this children’s book as you already know, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM – and paying for it out of my own business coffers to help girls and their parents engage in STEM careers…but, I’m running this Kickstarter campaign to get enough copies of this book into ALL of the public libraries in the state, so that little girls–no matter their station, family, or lives, may have access to and be inspired by this book.

The amazing Pam Fraizer of Fraizer Designs is already on board to help me create the amazing 20 princesses in the book (the picture in the Kickstarter video is Chloe and her fraternal twin sister, Dakota).  There’s more on what they do in the Kickstarter video.

I hope you can help.  I’m sharing this with you before I post and spread it to the masses – as my fab 13 always has my back.  I appreciate your support.  BETTER YET–the future female engineers, computer scientists, and STEM rockstars of the state of Indiana thank you for your participation and inspiring them to make. This. Earth. Better for all of us!!!!

Apologies in advance….

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Dear Fab 13,

As you know, I’ve been cranking on a couple of projects, one of which I’ve never tried before.

I’m writing to let you know now that during the month of October, I’m going to have a one-track mind.  Why?  Because the one project I’m focused on for the month is URGENT.  It’s something that we MUST do here.  It’s THAT important.

So, if I get a little too focused on my one track mind for October, I’m going to apologize now.  But, I hope you can put up with the one track mindedness and get involved in this crusade.

That’s all I can say about it for now.  But I appreciate your support and tolerance in advance!



I’m still here.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

My peeps!

Have no fear. I’m still here!

Although, last week I think was one of the most fun of my entire life.

I started off the week in NYC, and had dinner with one of my mentors.  A philosophy major, he challenged me to think about deep stuff like “legacy,” to which I’ve been thinking more about lately.  That is, what do you want to leave behind?

Second, on Tuesday I attended the NYT Schools for Tomorrow conference, which was equally thought provoking.  Guess what? YOU can attend too – virtually! Just click on the link and watch the programs.  Caution: the face of higher ed is CHANGING. RADICALLY.

On Friday, I gave a pharmacy law talk.  I had 30 minutes to focus on 3 cases.  I chose HIPAA, Social Media/Spoliation, and the Learned Intermediary Doctrine cases, and had a good chat with several pharmacy leaders not only about the cases, but more important, how to PREVENT the cases from happening in the first place.

Then, I went to Philly to visit an old friend.  We had a great time.  And although it has been 15 years since I lived in the city of brotherly love, I developed a new crush on it – you can read about my visit (and my love of their art initiatives) over at the other blog.

For the past 2 days, I’ve been feverishly working on a new project/campaign, which I will roll out to YOU first, my fab 13, because you’re that awesome…but it will occupy the blog here for the entire month of October.  It’s a pretty cool project.  In fact, it’s so cool, let’s call it “Project ROCKtober”!  Needless to say, when a girl is trying something new for the first time, inevitably, technical difficulties ensue.  But I’m super sleuthing my way through them, and I hope to get no one other that y-o-u involved in my project during the coming month.

Last, I decided to really get out of my comfort zone (because that’s what you’re supposed to do on a sabbatical) and I’m attending an app/gaming conference coming up this fall.  Why? Well, a myriad of reasons.  Education is headed toward gaming.  We all use apps – including in healthcare (btw – the app guidelines FINALLY came out from FDA Monday – better later than never!)  Frankly, I need to know more people in the app and gaming business anyway – so I’ve decided to get my geek on and nerd my way to and from their world this fall. Yay!

So…although I’ve been quiet, the majority of my activity is under water right now.  You can’t see it, but it is still happening, friends.  Soon enough – you’re going to be part of it – and I. Can’t. WAIT!!!!

The X Factor

Friday, September 20th, 2013

I’ve got a tiny ax(e) to grid with the main stream media.  (Well, truth be known, I have a LOT of axes to grind with them, but I’ll reserve them to only one subject matter this Friday.)  And, I’ve complained about this here before, but hey – one more time never hurts!

I read this article this morning, as I’m always curious to know more about generational differences in the workplace and in higher education (since, I now attempt to teach all levels of students), but this article I read just left me kind of…PO’d, as a member of Generation X–you know the one, the generation that NEVER gets discussed in the media…?

Now maybe you know why I’m upset.

The media LOVES to discuss baby boomers and their kids, Gen Y.  (I’ll go even further to say that, the media completely ignores Gen Z now too, but I’ll save that for another day.)  Back to X.  The media often forgets those of us in the middle – the ones that maybe, just someday, MIGHT get to lead corporate America and non profits, NGOs and boardrooms across the world.

Will Gen X ever get to run the universe?

Who knows?!!?  When I talk to my Gen X colleagues, it’s as if we are all waiting on the sidelines, ready and eager to jump into the leadership game, but those ahead of us have no desire whatsoever to get off the playing field and let us on for a minute or two.  As one of my X colleagues said succinctly, “It’s like we are all ready, but since no one will give us a chance, we’re not even getting the chance to work on our leadership skills until a disaster happens when there is no one else to take over.  It’s creating a generation of future leaders without any chance to actually…LEAD.”

I feel her pain.  I think we all do in Gen X.  I’m here to say, that hey there, dear media…if the boomers ever retire without Y being ready to step in, maybe you should be paying a little more attention to what’s going on with X, since ultimately we WILL be running the show–like it or not.

As the 80s song says, “Don’t you…forget about me.”  That goes for my entire generation.  Simple Minds apparently were ahead of their time.

X out.

Higher Ed, Spamalot, and Pharmacy Law

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

This week has been…wild.

First, I attended The New York Times Schools for Tomorrow summit in the NYC (NYC in and of itself is always a trip).  But, I learned a lot about MOOCs, where they are headed, and in general where higher education is headed.  Friends, I’m a little concerned about the future.  Not only is higher education getting more and more expensive, but the affordability of higher education is just one problem of many.  I’ll let you watch the sessions, which should appear in the link above and you can make the call on where you think higher ed is headed.

Second, my blog got pounded yet again with spam – so I apologize, but the site was down for a bit this week in order for janitorial services to occur on the blog.  Cleanup has occurred on aisle 8.

Third, I’m giving a case law update talk tomorrow in 30 minutes.  I’m a little worried that I’m going to have to talk fast to get 3 cases out in 30 minutes or less, so send some good karma my way if you can.

Next, I’ll state that I’m a little bothered by one television newscast locally really hammering a pharmacy chain on dispensing controlled substances–this is the second time (posted yesterday on their faceplace page) that they seem to really causing some consternation for pharmacists just doing their jobs.

For those of you non-pharmacy geeks out there, I will share that pharmacists are legally required to check out the legitimacy of ALL (not some) but ALL controlled substance prescriptions – it’s called the corresponding responsibility doctrine, and it’s codified at 21 CFR §1306.04(a).  This. Is. Law.

Last, to end on a happy note, I’m officially off and running on my children’s book with an illustrator as of today.  Next up, I get to figure out the funding part…stay tuned, I’ll have more!

Make. Good. Art.

Monday, September 16th, 2013

This post is brought to you by this video.

Wanna be writer (WBW): “Oh, yeah, I want to write a book someday!”

Me: “So, have you started? What have you written?”

WBW: “Nothing, yet.”

Me: “So, what are you waiting for?”

WBW: “Someday.  I’m too busy right now.  Besides, there’s ____(insert any time consuming lame excuse here…)____.”

Me: “Good luck with your book.”

People, just make good art.  Stop talking about it, and just do it.  Especially on a Monday.  A Monday is a GREAT day to start writing. Or making art.  Or doing something you’ve always wanted to do, but you keep coming up with lame excuses to stop doing whatever it is that you want to do.

Just do it. You have my permission.

Make. Good. Art. Today!

Friday the 13th

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Friday the 13ths are always kind of weird.  This one was no exception.  Maybe more in a good way.

Anyway, first off, thanks to SurveyMonkey for giving me another shot to discuss how I use their tool inside and outside of the classroom at the day job. The Pharmacy Law example, RX526, was super helpful in identifying the issues in flipped classrooms.  Ironically, The Atlantic had an article on a similar pharmacy classroom experience with flipped classrooms this week.

Flipped classes are a challenge for pharmacy students out of the gate the first time or two a teacher tries them, but I found that half of students really liked being free from the confines of a classroom to learn.  Regardless, this is how they are going to have to learn AFTER college, so the sooner we can introduce this type of learning and get them used to it, the better.

Also, thanks to Drug Topics magazine, for giving us the shot to share the #21Flavors CE program we had at Butler back in July more broadly with the universe this month in their magazine.  They even squeaked in the 21 Flavors website too, which we are all excited about sharing.

As for the weirdness of Friday the 13th, I spent last week getting re-CPR BLS certified (but, that’s not an invitation for me to try out my mad skillz on you, BTW), and created more work and connections around a new book project I’m working on, and continued to watch the social media dames unconference start filling up – we sold 20% of the tickets already – yay!

As for next week, the weirdness continues.  Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to share with you, fab 13, because that’s how I roll!

A Little Mad, A Little Scared

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

photoHello, compadres!

First, I have to vent a little.  Right now, after spending the bulk of my office day on drafting a contract, I’m a little perturbed.  Mainly at my law school, because guess how many contracts I was required to draft during law school?

Yup. One. Uno. That’s it.

I should have had more contract drafting in law school.  I’ll say it.  I think I just did.

I wish they would have had a ‘moot transaction contract draft’ course.  I think I may have been decent at it, but now.  Or, maybe that third year could have been spent actually writing more?  I’ll never know now.  I just have to keep plugging through icky dirty work until I get it figured out.  Thankfully, I have peeps on my side who can help me through the quagmire.  I’d rather be creating art than contracts.  Wow. I think I just said that out loud too.

Now, my second feeling of the day.

I’m also scared.


I’m scared that the Social Media Dames Unconference (#SMDames13 if you want to follow the hashtag over at the tweeting place) is selling out a little too quickly.  I tried to send out a heads up on the registration to my friends right after the press release went out yesterday, but I’m a little concerned that this event is going to max out at capacity sooner than I originally thought.

I suppose that’s a good problem to have, but I want my sisters to get in line first – so here’s the link to tickets one more time, if you’re so inclined to learn more about women rocking social media in Indianapolis on 11/21/13…ssshhhhh.  The faceplace page is filling up too.

This is a good problem to have.

Now, I’m going back to the icky contract.

No pain, no gain!

Social Media Dames 13 – An Unconference

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Well, so you all know that I’m on sabbatical.  But that doesn’t mean I’m sitting around catching up on cable TV.  (OK, I did a little with HBO’s freemium weekend – thanks for the free viewing of Argo and The Life of Pi.)

Anyway…I’m here to announce the first of MANY amazing pet projects I’m juggling this fall.  This one happens to be with a crowd of fierce females in social media here in the state of Indiana!  PR is over at the other site, and here’s the link to the registration if you’re fierce female and want to learn more about social media yourself. You can also feel free to like our faceplace page.

Better hurry – the space is going to fill up rocket fast!

Gather, Flock, Learn, Co-Work

Monday, September 9th, 2013

This weekend, I traveled out of town to RDU.  Luckily, I also had the opportunity to hit the grand opening of Gather NC.  The cool thing about it is that it s a co-working and co-learning, co-entrepreneurial space, in that they sell co-working packages to the entrepreneurial, offer classes (mainly for the creative entrepreneurial spirits), and sell retail goods made by local owners (not to mention a pop up coffee shop).  Really – what more could you ask for from a retail space?

I also recently wrote for the other blog a list of some of the offerings for co-working spaces in Indy.  And I read that NYC is working today on a space for their NYC Media Lab for those in film (and really, these days, who ISN’T into digital storytelling?)

What does all this smashed up mean?  Well, a couple of things:

1. We’re all entrepreneurs now – if you haven’t realized this yet, I thought it was worth mentioning one more time.

2. Cities need to think small for entrepreneurs now, not big – If anything, we all should have learned that big corporations shutter pretty much overnight in this crazy economy.  Thus, the safer bet for cities and states are to continue to support big business, yes, but focus even more on smaller businesses, because that is where the growth is for the future.  Big businesses are not going to rule the world for much longer, methinks.

3. We need to support entrepreneurs in a different way now – This might not be as obvious, but I wanted to post it and state it bluntly: a city that does NOT get on board with supporting their citizens with ways not only to work together, but also to co-learn in lower cost, meaningful ways is going to lose their entrepreneurs to cities that WILL.  I’m talking about the reality that a lot of small business owners also happen to have part-time to full-time jobs on the side as well.  The world in which we work (a la the 40 hour full time work week) is changing.  We’re headed to the 2-29 hour work week, thanks to healthcare reform and globalization.  So, cities that can figure out how to help their people maneuver this sea change are going to have and keep the best and brightest.

4. Formal education isn’t enough anymore – Every mayor and head of a chamber should pay special attention to the quantity and quality of education BEYOND higher education that a city or state offers its citizens now.  For example, one of the coolest things about Gather NC is not that they offer classes, but the content in their classes.  For example – one class coming up in September is on branding and packaging with paper.  I’ve never, ever seen a class like that offered ANYWHERE where I’ve lived. There’s nothing in IUPUI’s continuing learning network on this, and I won’t even go there with the college campuses – classes like these just don’t exist.  This is a TOTAL and COMPLETE fail of higher education – to offer real world, practical skills coursework.

There.  So, while I’ve been quiet this weekend, I really was out in the universe taking notes on my fellow entrepreneurial-kind.