We Are O.NE. Series. Let’s make this a place where I get to be me and you get to be you. Let’s make this a place where together, we are O.NE. Put your hands in the middle and share your story.

I think my defining characteristic is my mixture of ambitious and lazy. I want to be the best but I don’t like feeling like I’ve been working hard so this combination over time has made me very inventive, adaptive and experimental. This year I’m listening to 120 audiobooks, writing 52 blog posts and writing 2 novels. I’m trying to be a modern day renaissance man. I’m also a vegan.

I’m Omaha af. I lived here from birth to age nine and then moved back at nineteen and Omaha has played a tremendous role in shaping me. Omaha to me has always represented opportunity (I’m probably one of the few PoC who feel this way) but I’ve always looked at Omaha as a place where I can be or do anything that I want – much more so than other places I’ve called home (Chicago, KC, Texas).

Omaha’s just big enough to matter but just undeveloped enough to allow quick entry for ambitious newcomers. I don’t think I could have launched Year of the Startup in maybe only 5 other cities in the country and had as much success as I had.

How do you make a difference in this community? 

In the past few years I’ve made a difference with Year of the Startup which was a live/work/learn community which housed and incubated 50 entrepreneurs in its 3 years of operation. Today I’m on the executive committee of Mayor Stothert’s Millennial Advisory where we’re developing plans to attract and retrain more of our millennials. I also just became the interim executive director at Cali Commons which is a creative community center with coworking, art shows and other events. Overall, my goal is to incite human flourishing, a condition which occurs when people are connected to one another, exchanging resources and ideas, doing meaningful work and fulfilling their potential.