Startup Coach, Innovation Consultant, and Ecosystem Designer in Berkeley, California
I have been both an entrepreneur and educator for more than 15 years. My focus is in bridging the gaps between innovation theory and entrepreneurial practice in real-world projects. I also incorporate Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) into my work, which I feel provides a stable foundation of intentional awareness to the strategy, design, and implementation of innovative projects.
I am currently an independent consultant to innovative start-ups and projects within larger organizations, as well as a coach to founders and executives focused on innovation work. I draw not only upon my past experience as an entrepreneur, but also from the best research and practice available to help set and achieve tangible results in terms of both collective and personal goals.
My formal education is in Business Administration, having graduated from UC Berkeley and UC Davis with a Bachelor's inEntrepreneurship and MBA inManagement of Innovation, respectively.In the last few years, I have developed a strong interest in the intersection of neuroscience and contemplative traditions such as meditation. I practice 2-3 hours of daily meditation and yoga, and attend 6-8 weeks of Vipassana and other meditation retreats every year. I strongly believe these practices can have a profound impact on the lives and work of individuals, teams, and society as a whole.
I have a rare genetic condition called Autosomal Dominant Optic Atrophy (ADOA), and as a result, have been legally blind since birth. Despite this condition, I have more than 5000 hours of teaching experience in both university and corporate settings, and am a very effective presenter and facilitator on a variety of topics.