I wouldn't be where I am professionally without these mentors and advisers, so this is a simple thank you.

Dear Tami,

     I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to spread my wings, when there was no reason for you to know that I was capable. Thank you for taking a chance on me. For:

  • Teaching us that a team is far more valuable than the sum of it's parts.

  • Showing us that psychological safety can bring out innovation and professional excellence 

  • Being available, even though you were being pulled in  a thousand different directions.

  • Making time for fun, because we were working hard.

  • Building trust, because the means were just as important as the goals.

  • Smiling, when frowning would have been much easier.

  • Going high even though others were going low.

  • Being funny, to break up the seriousness.


Every time I think about you, I ask myself "why didn't I spend more time with her?!" Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. 

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Dear Mr. Mastrian,

     You showed me that today is far more valuable that tomorrow can ever be, because you own today, and tomorrow is a whole day away. You proved to me that a network one of the most valuable assets, but it's only valuable if you nurture it and tap into it wisely. You made stronger by teaching me that being tired is a word for those who don't know themselves well enough.


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