Lead with Laughter

I laugh a lot. I was unaware of how distinctive my laugh is until I was on a cruise with a bunch of friends. They informed me they could stand in the stairwell and listen for my laugh to locate what deck I was on. I would like to think it’s more musical than loud. […]

Survive or Thrive?

Today marked 3 months since Hurricane Michael slammed into Panama City. Our community paused to take a look at how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go. Thirty percent of our school children have not returned to schools that are doubled up and sharing campuses. Many have relocated permanently. In an […]

Lead with Vision

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. You can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air—but not a single second without hope. With no hope, you might still be breathing but you won’t be truly alive. One of the saddest ways to live is […]

Rise to Resilience: Turning Pain into Power

Panama City is a military town where every day is like Veteran’s Day. Patriotism is a strong part of the fabric of our community. Jennifer Clark moved to Panama City when she was assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base. Her story is documented in her book, 166 Days: My Journey Through the Darkness.  When Jennifer […]

Leading During Extreme Change

  Extreme Change Three hours on the afternoon of October 10th changed everything for this little city I call home. Mighty oaks that have stood through hundreds of storms couldn’t withstand the power of Hurricane Michael. The incessant roar of the wind deafened the sound of giant trees crashing all around as we crouched in […]