One-sentence bio:

Mike is a social enterprise and innovation addict, and former Fulbright Scholar to Colombia with experience in the fields of socio-economic development, conflict resolution, leadership development, strategic alliances, and technology.

Full bio:

Mike graduated with a degree in sociology and anthropology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 2004.  While attending St. Olaf, he had the opportunity to live and study in Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Ecuador, and Mexico.

In addition to sociology and anthropology, Mike has studied and worked in the fields of conflict resolution and socio-economic development with the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR) and then as a Fulbright Scholar to Colombia in 2005.

Excited about the role that markets can play in building social capital and fostering peace and development and disappointed with what he viewed as widespread mismanagement in the non-profit sector, Mike went to work for corporate America in 2006.  He has worked as a consultant and strategic alliance manager with a global leadership consulting firm.  In his role as alliance manager, he has also had extensive exposure to some of the largest and also some of the most innovative technology companies on the planet.

Now increasingly devoted to the world of social enterprise, Mike is a contributing writer to and serves as a volunteer to The Ayllu Initiative where he advises on organizational strategy.