Next month, I'm doing a one-off offering for Defector Academy that I'm really excited to provide...and I hope you'll be excited enough to take part in! When I talk to people who are in the early stages of contemplating leaving student affairs and higher education, many of the same words surface in our conversations: "overwhelming," … Continue reading Defectober is Coming. Will You Join Us for the Ride?
We've reached the end of the third series of The Defectors, and I want to thank each of my ten participants for their consideration and candor as they shared their stories. The community that has come together around this particular stage in work has blown me away, and I'm happy to have gotten to share … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Parting Words for the Road Ahead
I feel like I keep reliving the Anger Phase of the SA Break up a lot due to my job. I'm privy to a lot of salary information in a lot of different fields due to being in staffing. -Mike Conte, Staffing Professional and Proud Defector In this week's edition of Defectors in Conversation, you … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Corey, Ashlie, Mike, and Liz
With the skill-sets and knowledge I had to draw upon, would I really have something cogent and on-point to say to professionals in other fields? As it turns out, the answer is yes, and that fear for the most part dissipated. -Greg Sadler, Entrepreneur and Proud Defector In this week's edition of Defectors in Conversation, … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Anne, Greg, and Nicolle
The long term security of a known paycheck, health insurance and retirement that went away was very scary. I struggled with the pros and cons for about a year before actually making the leap. BUT once the words came out of my mouth…it was like an elephant was lifted off my chest and it was … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Bonnie, Chelsea, and Sharon
Today marks the start of the third series of The Defectors, and you might find it's taken on a different form from its last two iterations. And there's a reason for that. When I first Defected, one of the biggest challenges I never expected to feel was feeling isolated. Between going into business for myself, … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Defectors in Conversation
I know the feeling well. Your head buzzes the whole flight home, perhaps punctuated with quick jots in the margins of conference programs or inside padfolios. The last several days have been educational, entertaining, and energizing. But what do we do with that energy once we get home? This year, I want it to really … Continue reading Presenting: 2018 Post Conference “Coffee Chats”!
Becoming a Student Affairs Creator: Digital Makerspace Workshop #ACPA18 Join the Student Affairs creator revolution. We’re moving from lurking to participation! Less consumption, more contribution! Professional learning and engagement is not sitting back to absorb information. Let’s lead by example by changing how we process knowledge, share innovative ideas, and apply design thinking in higher … Continue reading See Me Talk Creativity and Makerspaces at #ACPA18
It was a pleasure to get to appear on my friend and fellow Defector Dustin Ramsdell's podcast, Higher Ed Geek. If you include his stint as cohost of the Student Affairs Spectacular podcast, it'll mark the third time we've shared the airwaves! In this third edition, we get a little more personal and talk about … Continue reading [PODCAST] Higher Ed Geek, Episode 12
(I've said much of what I want to say about the conclusion of this series in last year's closings, which you can find here and here. But there's a bit more...so read on!) "Why the word 'Defector?'" About a week into this edition of The Defectors, I got this question from my agent Ken, who … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 2: A Different Look at “Defection”