Friday, January 23, 2015

Garden of Your Mind

A few years ago I attended a conference in which one of the presenters showed the Mr. Rogers "Garden of Your Mind" remix. It went over well and inspired the attendees.

Every since then, whenever I get ready to attend a business event where I'll be exposed to new ideas and meet new people, I think about these lyrics from the "Garden of Your Mind".

Imagine every person that you see
Is someone different
From every other person in the world
Some can do things
Some can do others
Did you ever think about the many things you've learned to do?

Did ever grow anything in the Garden of your Mind?
You can grow ideas
In the Garden of your mind

It's good to be curious about many things
You can think about things and make believe
All you have to do is think
And they'll grow


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ConnectED 2015

I am happy to be participating on a panel at IBM ConnectED 2015, an event focused on the latest technologies, best practices, and business benefits in cloud, mobile and social.

Below is the description for my panel:
  • INV401: Delivering Engaging and Differentiated Customer Experiences: A Customer Panel
  • Date/Time:  Tuesday January 27, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Panel description:

While the pace of business and the speed of content continue to accelerate, so does the demand to engage with audiences through rich and robust online experiences that span multiple channels and devices. By emphasizing delivery techniques including rich media and video, social, campaign management and analytics, enterprise integration and more, forward-thinking organizations are realizing the benefits of competitive differentiation, customer loyalty, and profitable growth. Join this customer panel discussion session to hear directly from successful customer leaders as they share how they are using Digital Experience platforms, powered by WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager services, as the transformational agent to their business models, driving customer experiences that deepen interactions with individuals and enhance audience engagement - on their terms and their time.

More information:

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Do They Know It's Christmas in Syria?

I can't believe it's been 30 years since the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" was released. At the time, in 1984, mass famine was impacting Ethiopa, and Bob Geldof and Midge Ure wrote the song and rallied other musicians to raise money.

30 years later, sadly there is a new hunger crisis, this time in Syria and with the Syrian refugees. 

Please take a moment to remember read about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria and the World Food Programme's efforts to help.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Charity Blast


As most of my friends know, through Date on Purpose I am helping the The C4 Foundation raise money for childhood cancer research and support. The C4 Foundation was created to honor the memory of Colin M. Wegner and his fight with Medulloblastoma, a childhood brain cancer.

I am posting today to ask for your support in spreading the word about the C4's upcoming fundraiser -- a Charity Blast that will be held this Saturday, September 27 at 7:00 pm the Lancaster Country Club. The proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to University at Buffalo and their Pediatric Brain Tumor Fund, which is used for pediatric neuro-oncology research.

The Charity Blast is a social fundraiser event for singles and couples. Last year, many people came out and enjoyed an evening of socializing, music, and fun.

Tickets may be purchased at

Monday, September 08, 2014

Ron Piwowarczyk

This week Reserve Hose Fire Company remembers longtime firefighter, President, friend, and dedicated member of the fire service Ron Piwowarczyk, who passed on Friday, September 5, 2014. As Vice President of Reserve, it has been my honor and pleasure to work with and get to know Ron this past year. His enthusiasm and passion for the fire service was infectious, and he loved giving back as much as anyone I've ever met.

Ron was a Life Member of Reserve who joined the company on August 4, 1986. In addition to his volunteer service, Ron was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a Senior Special Agent for U.S. Immigration. Ron was also one of those first responders from Western New York who went to Ground Zero to assist after New York was attacked on 9/11.

This picture below was taken during Reserve's installation earlier this year, when Ron posed for a picture with Autumn Lewandowski before being sworn in as President.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Top 10 Serious and Silly Points from Digital Experience 2014

I had the privilege to attend and present at Digital Experience 2014, an IBM event focused on the latest technologies, best practices, and the business benefits of delivering great digital experiences.

Though I'm still reflecting on the many great ideas expressed during the presentations, I wanted to put together a quick, day after list, encompassing both the serious and silly, of my immediate impressions.

10. A good way to explain Portal is to compare it to a tree.

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via @benshoemate

9. California is having a historic drought. Thank you, IBM Digital Experience 2014 event organizers, for the reminder to conserve water.

8. Toronto is an incredibly diverse Smarter City: 240 ethnic groups, 169 countries of origin, 140 languages spoken.

via @kristinaverner

7. There are 4.55 billion smartphone users in 2014.

via @garydolsen

6. Contextualize digital experiences based on demographic, historical, and situational data.

via @sa_powers

5. 50% of user experience is search.

via @benshoemate

4. IBM employees have perfected remote working but enjoy the interpersonal synergies of conferences.

3. We may be in the Age of the Customer, but that doesn't mean it's easy to transition from cable without jumping through some hoops.

2. It may be too late to Apologize, but it's never too late for a rock star (@MoveUpMedia) to become a Portal Information Architect.

1. The color of 2014 is Radiant Orchid.

via @IBMiCIO

Friday, June 20, 2014

Why I Introduce People in My Network

I received the following email from a fellow business professional in my area. He was following up on my having introduced him to another individual in my network who I thought would be able to help him explore career opportunities.

His brief note sums up why I connect people and the benefits of a large, extended network. Personally, it was gratifying to observe two interesting people in my network come together and help each other out. Note that I have omitted personally identifying details out of respect for both people.


Hi Frank,

Last we spoke, I was looking at COMPANY ...

I wanted to let you know I'm starting a new role Monday where I'll be running the DEPARTMENT. I'm super excited and grateful to have a second chance at working in economic development in CITY. 

I also wanted to send you a huge thanks as your introduction to PERSON led to several other introductions which ultimately triggered the consulting work I've been doing for COMPANY for the last several months.  That gave me a huge leg up in winning this gig.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.