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Nevertheless She Persisted in Wellness

By Jean Storlie / May 3, 2017 /

Snow covered the grounds of the Cooper Aerobic Center in Dallas, TX, when Georgia Kostas arrived for her interview with Dr. Kenneth Cooper in 1977. Tip-toeing out of the cab in her winter-white suit and pink floral blouse (with a flouncy bow), Georgia’s heart was set on getting this job.  A few years earlier, Georgia…

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Drowning in Data? Pitch with a Story!

By Jean Storlie / April 4, 2017 /

At the close of an intense month of immersion and ideation on a new opportunity, my client was in a rocky place about the next steps in their project. Like most deep dives, the process had surfaced new questions and many possibilities. Valuable marketplace, consumer, competitive, and technical data had been collected and reviewed. The…

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Lessons from Croup and Captain Hook

By Jean Storlie / March 2, 2017 /

Four-year-old Jackson sounded like a seal barking as he called from his bedroom one wintery Sunday afternoon. I’d put him down for a nap an hour earlier and hoped sleep would curtail his cough. He was frightened and struggling to breathe. A call to our doctor: “hang up and dial 911.” The ambulance arrived in…

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Lost and Found on Skinny Skis

By Jean Storlie / February 2, 2017 /

Gravity pulled me down the narrow ski trail as I navigated a series of sharp turns with trees on either side. My relief in making it to the bottom without a tumble turned into a sense of pride and accomplishment. I’d been skiing for over an hour and was headed back to my car. Tired…

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An Exhilarating Career Experience Became a Book

By Jean Storlie / January 5, 2017 /

Tech check was done … 15 min countdown ticking. Equipped with a clicker and a wireless mic, Chris Quam stood on the stage of a cavernous ballroom in the Las Vegas Convention Center. His heart sunk with dread that people might not come. Nervous, but not scared, his confidence soared as the audience started to…

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2017 Holiday Story: Tale of the Toppling Tree

By Jean Storlie / December 24, 2016 /

The winter sun was setting as Jay and I arrived at the tree farm to harvest our first Christmas tree as a married couple. The farm was a little more primitive than we’d expected. A fog was settling in. The next evening we were hosting a “Tree Trimming Party,” so we really needed to get…

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“From Grinch to Our Neighbor” Inspires Imagination

By Jean Storlie / December 6, 2016 /

We dreaded the arsenic hour … 5:00-6:00 pm, the first hour that Abby was home from day care. She would melt down and become inconsolable over small things. After a series of tantrums, she would retreat to her room (or be sent into a time out) and re-emerge with a new outfit … often dressed…

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10-Year Reunion with My Birthday Band

By Jean Storlie / November 2, 2016 /

On a steamy day in the summer of 2006, we were boating on Lake Minnetonka with our kids and family friends—Kathy, Dave, and their daughter. Kathy got me musing about plans for my upcoming 50th birthday on October 30. I imagined a Halloween dancing party with live music, but was stuck on where/how to find…

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A Guitarist Was Born

By Jean Storlie / October 3, 2016 /

On my 40th birthday, I told my husband (Jay), “I’d like to start lifting weights and take guitar lessons.” Surprised to hear those words coming out of my mouth, he asked me why I wanted to become a strong guitar player? I reasoned … if I’d started practicing skills that didn’t come naturally 20 years…

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Learning from a Millennial Entrepreneur

By Jean Storlie / September 5, 2016 /

Tyler Olson crawled out of a lofted bed in his dorm room at 10:00 on a Saturday morning and greeted his staff, who were already busy working at the three desks jammed under his bed. They were servicing computers for his burgeoning technical support company, HelpMeTy.com. This was the moment when he realized it was…

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