Tuesday, January 24, 2006

That Alumni-Student Thing

Went to the Alumni Association networking thing tonight and my only contact with students was pointing three of them over to the guy from Glaxo. ;-)

It was okay, though - had a chance to talk to some interesting folks, including the founder of a small company in RTP that designs video gaming tech for the military (Ender's Game, anyone?) and an older guy that had been at Texas Instruments and involved in some of the development around DSP technology. Interesting conversations as you might imagine!

But the best part was catching Greg Hohn as he was about to run out the door. I don't know Greg well - only as a friend of friends - but we had a fascinating conversation about improvisation and business. Greg's been teaching a course on improv at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC for the last few years (he's the director of Transactors Improv for those that don't know) and doing improv seminars for businesses, all of which I think is a terrific way to loosen people up and get them to think more creatively (I've found that walking up to someone and saying "Now, think outside the box" really doesn't work very well). I let him know that if the business grows enough that he needs minions, I'll sign up!

Anyway, no real opportunity to warp young minds this time, but I'll keep looking for every chance!


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