Can a self-described, "playczar," bring sanity to the current environment of #metoo and high profile news cycles of dirty dealings towards women and a misogynistic memo by a (since fired) Google engineer? Part of our world knows better and another part is holding on dearly to beliefs that some of us thought were dead (or should be dead). Yet we are one community and the over-riding question of the day is, 'How do we bring ourselves back together again?'
Matthew brings his many years as an entrepreneur and father to the issue of parity for women in tech and business. "As a father of a 20 year old daughter, I feel deep frustration at the lack of equality and the ongoing bias against women in the business world." For our upcoming, BizBrew talk on November 17th, we are asking him to bring his superpower of building humane corporate cultures to this critical issue. Whether we are creators, users or distributors -- isn't it important that each and every product and service provide for the full spectrum of its users? Another way to put this is, shouldn't products used by women have a woman's sensibility and knowledge at the base of its design?
Matthew will be speaking on, Women & Tech: Steps Towards Creating an Inclusive Business Culture. Please join us for this important and timely discussion.
Here is where we go into describing Matthew and his accomplishments, but TechBivvy really can't surpass Matthew's own words:
A square peg I'm not. In 20+ years I've founded companies, consulted for startups and Fortune 500s, been a C-level executive at LeapFrog and Scholastic, and started it all off as a lawyer. I've worked in education, tech, toys, publishing, gaming, CPG, media, and more on the horizon. I believe business should be a force for good. I laugh often and am fiercely committed to doing the right thing.
I'm a strategist who doesn't skip the details. A systems thinker, creative problem solver and addicted to practical results. Comfortable in chaos and seek order with just the right amount of process. Happy being a leader or a wingman, but always put team, organization and communities we serve first. I know the difference between leading and managing, collaboration and consensus, and brand and marketing. Will have the tough conversations respectfully and make the tough decisions thoughtfully. I love working with bright, caring, imaginative, open-minded people of all walks of life as we tackle important issues, deliver big time and build more humane cultures in and outside of work.
One of my superpowers is applying the science of play to make our lives and world happier, healthier, and more harmonious...hence the moniker, playczar#. Play is essential to developing and expressing our curiosity, imagination and creativity. It builds empathy, promotes spontaneity and embraces change. When we play, we get into the flow, generate astonishing insights and experience deep satisfaction and human connection. We all deserve more play in our work. And, in our lives.
Currently, I spend my professional time as Director of Economic Development for Santa Fe, NM. When not working, I'm lecturing at universities, writing a book on creative leadership, making darn good English toffee, and taking my daughter to a state capital in our quest to get all 50.
Yes, I say it's well past time that we face the problems that bias in the workplace brings to organizations and our world. It's time to do what we are good at -- solve the problem! Here's to looking forward to Matthew's talk and learning some positive steps we can all take.