Creative Mornings - "Tradition"

Another great start to a Friday once a month with Creative Mornings Columbus. This month’s theme was “Tradition” and Jackie Kemble shared her stories of tradition and challenged the audience to break with traditions that exclude others or harm those who are different. She also talked about tradition being a reflection of identity and the anecdotes she told revealed this accurately.

Jackie is the Community Partnership Manager with Land-Grant Brewing Company. She manages philanthropic Initiatives and Community Engagement through their Franklinton Taproom, focusing on partnerships pertaining to Community, Education and Sustainability. She also partners with local organizations to plan awesome events centered around some of the best beer in the city. I did take that from her LinkedIn profile and she’s right…it is some of the best beer in the city.

The audience participation was strong when they were asked to share examples of their traditions, ones they hold, have broken and the new ones that have been created. As is often the case with these talks, it got me thinking introspectively. The tradition I’ve created is that when I get my haircut, I bring back the same flavor of lollipop from Mane Masters along with three, one dollar scratch off lottery tickets for my three daughters. Many traditions can be identified as an expectation and now I dare not ever come back home after getting my haircut without the lollipops and lottery tickets.

 

 Jackie Kemble sharing her stories of “Tradition” today at Creative Mornings Columbus.

Jackie Kemble sharing her stories of “Tradition” today at Creative Mornings Columbus.

Startup Grind - Bold Penguins Take on Insurance

Tonight, I checked out Startup Grind Columbus that was held at Rev1 Ventures. Ilya Bodner, Founder & CEO of Bold Penguin was the featured speaker. He shared his experiences as an entrepreneur and insights to growing his current company. He said that when he begins with an idea and starts a company, he has a specific product in mind and he’s driven to achieve the outcome that he’s imagined. He knows what it should look like.

Here’s a bit more about Ilya from the Startup Grind website:

Ilya Bodner didn’t get into the insurance business because he found it particularly sexy, or exciting...or even because he Loved It. (After all, it’s insurance) He got into it because he wanted to fundamentally change how it works from the inside out. And little by little, he and the “penguins” are making it happen. The focus of their startup is to significantly reduce the friction in the commercial insurance experience—a mission that, unsurprisingly, no one seems to argue with.

 Ryan Frederick (L) and Ilya Bodner at tonight’s Startup Grind.

Ryan Frederick (L) and Ilya Bodner at tonight’s Startup Grind.

GETDOT 2018 X-mas Extravaganza Benefitting Franklin Co. Children Services

My second stop last night was the GETDOT 2018 Christmas Extravaganza benefitting Franklin County Children Services at the Athletic Club of Columbus. There’s always a fun crowd at the GETDOT events and the organization raises a bunch of money at every event for a local children’s charity. Unwrapped toys were abundantly provided by attendees and a good bit of money was raised through the silent auction. It’s always nice to see the Co-Founders, Scott Boles & Chip Ramsey, the organization’s President, Eric Rine and many other members and guests. Here are pictures of the event.

 Christmas joy photo with Chuck Cochran (no relation) with Franklin County Children Services, Eric Rine and Chip Ramsey.

Christmas joy photo with Chuck Cochran (no relation) with Franklin County Children Services, Eric Rine and Chip Ramsey.

AMA Columbus December Happy Hour

Thursday night was a busy one for events around Columbus and it started with the American Marketing Association (AMA) Columbus December Happy Hour that was held at the Buckeye Bourbon House. Conveniently located across the street from our office, it was an easy call to join the crowd and mix it up with AMA President Elect, Crystal Vause and others at this fun downtown spot.

 Sippin’ bourbon with  Ryan Rekstis  and  Doug Evans  at last night’s AMA Columbus Happy Hour.

Sippin’ bourbon with Ryan Rekstis and Doug Evans at last night’s AMA Columbus Happy Hour.

Columbus Firefighters Foundation Topgolf Tournament Benefitting MDA

I had the opportunity today to be a part of the Columbus Firefighters Foundation’s and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Columbus’s Topgolf Tournament at the Topgolf at Polaris. They brought the community together to raise awareness and vitally needed funds that will support MDA’s mission.

Thanks to Ron Palanca, Owner of Palanca & Associates (Wealth Management & Investment Advisory Services) for being an event sponsor and for hosting our group and hosting the cash bar for everyone participating once their drink tickets were gone. Not surprisingly, Ron got the biggest round of applause of the day for that generous move. Their office phone: (614) 564-0045. Also, thanks to John O’Connor, VP Marsh & McLennan Companies for the invitation.

 Myself, Ron Palanca, Owner of Palanca & Associates (one of the day’s sponsors) and Pete Armstrong, Regional Vice President at Advisors Asset Management at Topgolf at Polaris today in Columbus.

Myself, Ron Palanca, Owner of Palanca & Associates (one of the day’s sponsors) and Pete Armstrong, Regional Vice President at Advisors Asset Management at Topgolf at Polaris today in Columbus.

The Modern College of Design - Mock Interviews

I spent Friday afternoon at The Modern College of Design doing mock interviews with students to help them prepare for their upcoming job interviews. The Modern does a great job of getting the students ready to start their careers. The school’s track record of helping them is outstanding. I had the chance on Friday to see some strong work from this latest wave of designers.

 Image of The Modern from Bizjournals.com

Image of The Modern from Bizjournals.com

Innovate New Albany - Tiger Talk

Yesterday was packed full of good info and great people. I was at Innovate New Albany for their Tiger Talk luncheon presentation: The Power of Peers: The Secret Weapon of The Most Successful Entrepreneurs. It was a unique opportunity to hear entrepreneurs share their stories of success and sometimes setbacks and how they’ve bounced back. The “power of peers” was the results that come from the understanding of shared experiences.

Here’s a bit more about the program from Innovate New Albany’s site:

The Power of Peers: The Secret Weapon of The Most Successful Entrepreneurs

Emcee: Bill Troy, President, Columbus chapter of The Entrepreneurs' Organization

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Being an entrepreneur means being a leader. It also frequently means that you are alone in your own organization. No one else has the same questions, issues, or challenges. So where can an entrepreneur turn for ideas and advice? Fellow business owners! Join us for a panel discussion by multiple business owners who have tapped into the Power of Peers to improve the success of their business and personal lives. Learn what the most successful entrepreneurs know: that peers are a powerful secret weapon.

Panelisits:

Bill Troy: President of EO Columbus and CEO of Civilis Marketing and TroyResearch Dr. Carol Clinton: Owner of Timeless Skin Solutions in Dublin and New AlbanyRex Elliott: Owner and Partner at Cooper & Elliott Jason Pohl: Founding Partner of Centric Consulting Miranda Boyle: Owner of THREAD in Grandview

 Miranda Boyle (Left, Standing), Owner of Thread, shares her story with the Tiger Talk audience.

Miranda Boyle (Left, Standing), Owner of Thread, shares her story with the Tiger Talk audience.

Creative Mornings Columbus - Elvis Saldias

I took advantage of the great events going on this morning and hit the second stop at Capital University for Creative Mornings Columbus. Immigration is a complex issue in the U.S. and it’s not often that I’ve gotten to hear a Dreamer’s story. Elvis Saldias shared his journey from Bolivia as a toddler with his sister and mother to Ohio. Elvis is a DACA recipient and advocate. He’s a community organizer working with Dacatime.com. My understanding of the issues surrounding DACA grew from this morning’s program and I’m happy to have had the chance to be there.

“Civic engagement means being American.” -Elvis Saldias

I make it a habit to attend Creative Mornings Columbus because of the stories that are told and the people I meet. I recommend attending if you want to make a great start to your day once a month (on a Friday).

 Elvis Saldias shared his Dreamer story this morning at Creative Mornings Columbus.

Elvis Saldias shared his Dreamer story this morning at Creative Mornings Columbus.