How to remain passionate about teaching and learning in the global economy?

Listen, Adapt, Change, and Repeat

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This week was my birthday. I had not planned any special event. I had not given thought to what to do. I was returning from medical leave and did not think to schedule myself out on vacation for my birthday. As a result, I had several meetings scheduled with faculty and staff.

As I reflect on my life as a higher education administrator, I think of the true meaning of a birthday – the day we enter the universe to serve our purpose. When we look at our lives and the lives of those we touched a birthday has special meaning. During my birthday week, I continued in faculty and board meetings. There were a few special events. I attended the WonderWomen of Diversity Fall Discussion: How Bias in Economics Hurts us all. Today as in the past, there are few Black Ph.d. women economists like myself in spite of the efforts on both private and public sector stakeholders. Why? I am not sure but as we continue to seek to improve outcomes in the future, hopefully, more WonderWomen in economics will evolve to help create meaningful contributions to the dialogue.

Later during my birthday week, I attended the Economic Club of New York face-to-face session with the Department of Commerce Secretary. More on the session can be found in my Linkedin post.

ECNY December Session

On the last working day of my birthday week, I delivered the closing keynote address for the 10th Annual Conference on Restructuring the Global Economy (ROGE). The closing keynote focused on adapting teaching and learning for the needs of our stakeholders during Covid. The presentation included experiences from faculty, students, administrators, industry, and community leaders. What we found is that the pandemic helped us create an ecosystem that supported our common mission of community, professional and personal growth, and development.

Closing keynote to ROGE conference

On Saturday morning I listened to the graduation ceremony for Glasgow Caledonian New York (GCNYC )- for the Common Good, where I am a board member. I have always loved graduations – they are the beginning and ending transitions for many that we serve.

Its been a long week of reflection and celebration my way – the way of an educator who is passionate about the business of teaching and learning. I love change and look forward to the changes that new birthdays bring. Onward to 2022 and the future of work and entrepreneurship.

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