Tag Archives: IPOP Foundation

In Pursuit Of Perfection

Around the time I sold my company I started a foundation called the IPOP Foundation, which stands for In Pursuit Of Perfection. I was recently asked why I chose that name. Here’s my answer: Perfection.  It is an intimidating word for sure.  One which can be the cause of discouragement and anxiety for many who […]

The Launch Of The Amy Rees Anderson Academic Entrepreneurs Program At USU

Last week we announced the creation of the “Amy Rees Anderson Academic Entrepreneurs” Program at Utah State University in partnership with the Center For Growth And Opportunity and today I was so excited to get to go and meet with our very first cohort of female fellows in the program. I was blown away at […]

My Visit To The White House For The Empowerment Of Women Symposium

Today I was honored to be invited to The White House in Washington DC to be a part of the Empowering Women Symposium where issues such as the economy, healthcare, and national security were discussed.  A group of 30 women leaders from across the country were invited to meet 90 minutes before the Symposium started […]

An Idea That Inspires People Can Shape The Course of History

“Ideas shape the course of history.” – John Maynard Keyes Tonight I will be judging a business competition called “Bench 2 Bedside”. This is an annual business competition put together by the University of Utah where student teams are formed that consist of medical students, engineering students, and business students who come together to create […]

The Power of Empathy and the Comfort of Knowing Someone Understands

Tonight I had the opportunity to speak to a group of students and their parents involved in the YEA! Program which stands for Young Entrepreneurs Academy (www.yeausa.org ) , a non-profit program for students in middle school and high school that teaches kids to generate business ideas, do market research on their ideas, write business […]

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

And snow it did! The snow started coming down late last night and by this morning it was already more than a foot deep. Now I happen to love looking out the window at the snow but I cannot stand having to go out into the snow! I don’t like the cold and I don’t […]

See How Far You’ve Come

It was exactly three years ago today that I signed the final papers to sell my company. As I look back over the last three years I am blown away at how much has happened since then. I transitioned out of my old company, I launched REES Capital (my angel investment firm), got our charity […]

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

Life is ever changing, and sometimes it is hard to let go of the past we loved in order to make room for the future ahead.  We hold on to things tightly, dreading the thought of letting things go that we cherish so deeply.  But what we have to recognize is that as much as […]

Give An Irrevocable Gift To The Next Generation

“Education is our greatest opportunity to give an irrevocable gift to the next generation.” – Ernie Fletcher Teaching our children is our most important we work we do in life.  When my children were young I was focused on teaching them good values and morals. Then as they grew older I focused on teaching them […]

The Greatest Thing About Becoming Successful (Forbes Article)

One of the greatest things about becoming successful in business is the ability to take time to mentor young people who are just starting out. This week has been filled with one entrepreneurship extravaganza after another. It began with the IPOP Foundation (www.ipop.org) event at Alta High School with high school students pitching their entrepreneurial […]

IPOP Foundation Encourages High School Students to Become Entrepreneurs!

Today was awesome!  Our charity, the IPOP Foundation (www.ipop.org), which stands for “In Pursuit of Perfection” hosted our Mobile App competition at Alta High School with the help of Principal Fidel Montero, a huge advocate of entrepreneurship. The charity is focused on promoting, educating, and perpetuating entrepreneurship as a pathway to self-reliance.  We challenged the […]

A Song Can Make All The Difference

Waking up in the morning is hard.  Especially when you are working late into the night and not getting nearly enough sleep, which I am sure many of you suffer from just as I do.  That alarm going off in the morning has to be my least favorite sound in the world. But tonight my […]

Promote, Educate, and Perpetuate Entrepreneurship With Me!

Starting the IPOP Foundation was a dream I had for many years.  IPOP is an acronym for “In Pursuit of Perfection” which has been a personal mantra of mine for a very long time.  Long ago I came to realize that living a successful life isn’t about achieving perfection; rather it was about living life […]

An Ice Cream Coma and a Lesson Learned

I am in New York City this week to attend the Women Moving Millions Conference, a conference to bring together charities which focus on helping women succeed.  The conference was assembled to allow these charities to discuss best practices and share ideas of what things are the most effective to help women.  I am here […]

CEO Perspective on Treating Employees Well (and other tips)

I was interviewed on Real Recognition Radio by Roy Saunderson and S. Max Brown and the episode aired earlier today.  During the interviewed we discussed questions such as:  Are there differences in the way men and women lead? What makes a great leader?  How important is communication in a company?  How to build a culture? How to […]

The Pursuit of Perfection

Perfection.  It is an intimidating word for sure.  One which can be the cause of discouragement and anxiety for many who might feel they are constantly falling short of achieving it.  I know because there was a time in my early adult years when I was one of those many feeling intimidated and discouraged that […]

The Strength of Our Young People

Last Friday our charity, The IPOP Foundation (In Pursuit of Perfection) www.ipop.org held a business competition with the students of Alta High School.  Students were challenged to submit an idea for a new mobile app.  We had hundreds of students participate in the competition.  They had the option to submit an idea alone or in […]

I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER!

Ah yes, the famous words of Hannibal on the A-Team. There is little in life that is better than when a plan comes together, especially when the plan itself turns out to be far larger and expansive then any plan you had pictured in your own mind 🙂 Throughout the years of my life I […]