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From Performing Arts to Politics: Alex Bybee Politics / Stories

You learn a lot about empathy when training to perform the character of others in Hollywood, on the musical theatre stage in Las Vegas and through other performance groups growing up. You regularly put yourself in someone else’s life and try to understand who that character is. You are encouraged from a very early age to not only define your voice but to gain the confidence to define the voice of...

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A Decade of Experience Turned a Garage Dream into a Reality: Chris Shanks Entrepreneurship / Stories

Don’t underestimate the power of business planning in the garage with your college roommate. Although ideas at that time in your life may not necessarily work out, it’s worth thinking it through with people you trust and envisioning a business that might some day come to fruition. This story is true for Chris Shanks who brewed beer in the garage during his days as an undergraduate...

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Saving Water in the Truckee Meadows one PR Campaign at a Time: Marlene Olsen Business / Stories

Marlene Olsen is a humble gem in Reno. When I met her for an interview on a beautiful day outside of Walden’s, I lucked out and also had the chance to meet Levy, her very sweet, soft white pup that reminds me of one of the “Please Pet Me” dogs at the airport. Marlene didn’t know his breed because as it turns out, Levy is the product...

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Former U.S. Congressman & Silicon Valley CEO now Professor of Entrepreneurship: Ed Zschau Entrepreneurship / Politics / Stories

In my first post I defined excellence and how it differs from success. When we think about success, we are often measuring it against something or someone else. Successful people are typically associated with the attainment of wealth or popularity, while excellence is found in people who are intrinsically motivated to perform at their highest potential. They crave and strive for improvement and they usually won’t rest...

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