I manage the staff and programming at UNR Innevation Center.
Day to Day
I manage all of the staff at the University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center and do a lot of the programming at the facility. The goal of the facility is to build Nevada's innovation economy from the perspective of the university, so I'm engaged in helping to facilitate that by leading the staff and programs.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
I believe that the two biggest skills innovators need are not fearing failure and allowing yourself to be creative. These skills go hand-in-hand. It's important to be able to think outside the box, face negativity, and be brave enough to vet it out yourself and keep moving forward even if you fail at first.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for everyone
Take time to learn very accurately what your strengths and weaknesses are so that you know when you should push forward, when to ask for help, and when to stop. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses and being honest with yourself about them is one of the most valuable things you can bring into your professional career. If you're fortunate enough to build an honest support group around yourself, listen to them when they give you those more difficult pieces of advice.