As I celebrate my birthday I wanted to thank my students past, present, and future; their presence is an invaluable present.

In addition to the people I teach in classrooms I also consider my sons as my students: they teach me about life and my place in it — in a different way, each and every day.

Teaching is my passion and, just as a leader needs followers, I would not be a teacher if I had no students. Whether in a class or in life, my students are the greatest gifts I have been fortunate enough to receive.

Accordingly, as I explain in my Teaching Philosophy, “Internalizing Søren Kierkegaard’s idea that ‘to be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner,’ I join with my students on a journey of generative learning.”

Believing education should create community, not competition, I combine learning with laughter to construct a collaborative, supportive, and innovative classroom.

Interdisciplinary by nature, I welcome varied viewpoints: no idea is off limits so long as it contributes to the conversation. In that spirit I encourage my students to embrace their ideas and own their education.

I therefore wanted to thank each of my students for being my “birthday gifts.” I am grateful for the opportunity to learn with and from each of you!

Antioch University Santa BarbaraOn Valentine’s Day most people receive flowers, chocolates or other gifts. I received an opportunity to speak at Antioch University on behalf of their new MBA Program in Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership.

Antioch’s MBA program will provide students with an understanding of the importance of social responsibility and stewardship. These are vital components of leadership, and will assist in meeting challenges of the future. Through a flexible Integrative Strategy Project students will explore leadership issues in social enterprises, non-profits, and traditional businesses.

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Mirroring the “Golden Circle” concept suggested by Simon Sinek (who is mentioned in the presentation) three questions are asked and answered in this presentation:

1. Why should a non-profit “like” social media?

2. How can a non-profit leverage social media?

3. What is social media’s impact on fundraising?

Below is a 13 minute video of my presentation.

In addition, the presentation provides tips, tricks, and current statistics you can use when marketing your non-profit with social media. I invite you to review it and welcome your feedback and any additional information or insight you’d like to share.