2016 was such an eventful year for me. It started with recording my video as the first content video for our MOOC, "Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World" in early January.
I went through the craziest job search an aspiring academic could have. I have only told a handful of people this whole story because it really was unbelievable, especially for me living it. Between March and May, I had:
Interviews with 14 different institutions (probably were 20+ interviews total),
Final interview offers from 12 of them, and
Three active offers at the time when I closed out the search and contacted the other institutions.
It was both amazing and incredibly stressful. When I got the offer from UMN Duluth, I was feeling like it was the right decision, and it allowed me to finally start planning my life beyond May.
Ending the Bosch Fellowship was the end of a life-changing experience in Germany. I will forever have a place in my heart for the country and the people I met during that time.
After the Bosch Fellowship, I was fortunate to be able to connect with my alma mater, University of Deusto, as a Visiting Research Fellow of Entrepreneurship. It was magical to spend the early summer in Northern Spain and to host INIE's annual conference in Madrid with my long-term collaborator, Marcela.
I came back to the States to participate in the Robert Bosch Fellowship Alumni Association meeting, and then to spend some time with family and friends in the Philadelphia area before moving to Duluth.
In late June, I attained ABD status within my doctoral program. It was challenging to manage finishing course obligations and research components, but I made it through. I got to meet with my primary and second readers and to reconnect with old classmates in Boston during their residency.
Over the summer, I was teaching part-time within the MA in Ethical Leadership program at Claremont Lincoln University, and packing and sorting...packing and sorting...and packing some more.
To come here to Duluth, I did my first cross-country road trip, with the support of my brother and sister-in-law. I got to visit Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Madison, and Minneapolis on route, and it was such a unique opportunity. In August, I moved into an apartment and started my work here at UMN Duluth.
In late 2016, I was awarded with two grants and appointed roles as a Transatlantic Core Group Member and a BMW Responsible Leader. I had wonderful students this fall as well-- I was very fortunate!
All around, it was a wonderful year. It will be difficult to top 2016, but I am going to try. Now, for 2017....