Home: The Big Apple. Age: Finishing my first half century. Birthplace: Just a small town girl. Profession: Imagining the future and fixing broken things on the way there. Organization: Synthetivity. Significant other: Marni on the Move. Alma mater: Yale; Wellesley; NYU Stern.
Current project: Writing a musical about a futuristic triathlon in phygital space. Recent recognition: Invitation to speak at THE Digital Universities Event. Recent professional development: Wharton Business of the Metaverse Economy certificate. Latest accomplishment: Becoming one of the top 100 AI Artists on LinkedIn. Latest contribution to others: Creating one hour on my calendar every day for anyone who wants to talk. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Taking a radical sabbatical from the workforce to find my voice and use it! Hobbies: Perfecting the New Tomato, a recipe that simulates tomatoes and doesn’t make me sick. Recent unique acquisition: First edition of Neil Stephenson’s book, Snow Crash.
Personality profile: Polymath who enjoys wormholes. Moral compass: Raise myself up while bringing others along, without exploiting anyone. How do you define a perfect friendship? You are so connected that they feel your energy on the other side of the world and call to check in at exactly the right time. What is your greatest fear? Staying the course long enough to lose. What word or phrase do you use far too often? Really. What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? To buy freedom. How do you relieve stress? Laying in an infrared sauna blanket listening to a ten-minute meditation. What is your go-to workout? Swimming.
What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Jigsaw puzzles. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Be your own best friend. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Take a break. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Digital mapping. How did I ever find my way in the world without it? What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Cognitive dissonance. When things don’t make sense, I want to figure them out. What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? The New York World’s Fair of 1939. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Asthmatic lungs make me appreciate the simplicity of breathing.
We can build a better world if we can envision it.
What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Preparing colleges and universities to face an uncharted future. What change would you like to see in the world? Really (See? I love that word!) seeing and hearing each other. What message do you want to send out into the world? We have the power to co-create the future. What widely held belief do you reject? We’ll have to wait and see.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? There Should Have Been a Soundtrack. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Sarah Barielles. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? I always assume I’ll fall asleep during the movie before we get to the ending. What advice would you give your younger self? You are never going to believe what happens next!
Personal mission: To be the best version of myself. Favorite quote: “Make no little plans” (Daniel Burnham). Desired epitaph: Exhausted, she decided to take a long nap. She’ll be back, rested and ready to begin again.