Whenever you have a platform, leverage it to add value to others.

I was invited to participate on a diversity, equity and inclusion panel today for the full-time MBA students at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Whenever I go to campus I stop by the MBA office to see this picture that was used in a campaign to recruit students years ago. I can say that the demographics of the current cohort is more diverse than it was when I worked on my MBA in the early 2000s.

Today I hope I was able to inspire the students to develop skills in empathy, cultural intelligence, and communication skills so that they could immediately contribute to the world when they graduate. I am also grateful for the opportunity to not only get a great education at CSOM, but to also contribute in a small part to the success of the students and the university.

Use the tools you have to get the job done.