In October 2011, I conducted a month-long Practitioner Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, on Lake Como north of Milan. The subject of my work was a concept I call "Metacognition and Reinvention: the 21st Century Career Paradigm" based on how I navigated through my own multiple careers.
I have had many different careers during my 40 years in the workplace. Right after graduating from Bennington College in 1972 with a degree in German literature, I toured and recorded with a country-rock band called McKendree Spring. Then, moving to New York, I became a sought-after session musician, working with many famous artists including Robert Palmer, Darius Brubeck, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Realizing that by working in advertising, musicians could sleep in their own beds at night and get off the road, I broke into the jingle business, first as a player and then as a composer and producer.
In 1995, after becoming captivated by the Internet, I taught myself enough about this new technology to get hired as a Web producer at several seminal interactive agencies in New York -including CKS Partners and Eagle River Interactive. Then, in 1998, after being invited to what I fully expected would be an awkward if not embarrassing interview, IBM asked me to join their Corporate Internet Programs team.
I worked at IBM for over fifteen years and left in June 2013. My tenure included stints as a new media producer, a business strategy consultant and in various communications areas including social media and virtual worlds.
Currently, I am a strategic partner at an executive consulting firm in New York called Future Workplace. We strategize with senior human resources executives regarding on how to leverage social tools as well as recruiting for jobs that don't exist. I am also on the board of TEDxTimesSquare and speak at universities about my personal multimodal career path.