How did you become involved with OCL? I joined the Bob Chapman Barry Wehmiller University to bring the message of Truly Human Leadership to people outside Barry Wehmiller through teaching the core Communication Skills course. Over seven years in that work, I interacted with and supported OCL. As OCL moved into a new, global approach, I was excited to help bring my gifts to further the mission of equipping people for truly human connection.
What is your hope for OCL? In our 21st century world of overcrowding and high stress, my hope is that we can act as a catalyst to bring people back to a sense of seeing others as full human beings. We all need relationships—and we live in a self-centered, transactional world culture. Human connection will save us from isolation and violence.
How do you most often find yourself using what you learned in CST? My family will likely not have obviously noticed, but I use the skills primarily in listening to them—in giving them space to solve their own problems. I tend to want to solve everything for everyone—my biggest change has been in letting go and trusting others with their own choices.
What is your favorite quote? “Trust God, and work” (motto of my alma mater, William Jewell College)