Xelay Acumen is the leading healthcare strategy and management consulting firm focused on enabling innovative products that matter. Based in San Mateo, CA and impacting healthcare worldwide, the experience I've had with this team is nothing short of profound.
Managing worldwide travel and meeting logistics, identifying locations for quarterly team training events, and assisting in the daily operations of the firm is only a part of the pie. Participating in the organization's focus on team building, professional development, integrity, accountability, emotional intelligence all within an industry driven by data is one of the most empowering engagements I've had to date.
On an on-going basis support is provided with executive scheduling, bookkeeping, internal reporting, government affairs, and social media content development.
Check out the photo reel below to see some of where my attention has been going these past few years!
Proud to produce a sold out show at the SFJAZZ Center's Joe Henderson Lab with Joan Torres Music, showcasing collaborations with San Francisco based musicians and new music from All Is Fused.
WCI contributed to the success through strategy and management of:
Kinetic Creatures at Maker Faire!
A big big thanks to Lucas Ainsworth and Alyssa Hamel of Kinetic Creatures for allowing me to spend the weekend with them at Maker Faire this year. I got to learn a bunch about Lucas' inspiration for the creatures from an industrial design perspective, and relished in Alyssa's artistic attention to detail which ensured that every curious person was welcomed, intrigued and in awe of cardboard animals that come to life...
Bonus points: I even made it into a MaKer Faire Vine!
Adventures with MaKey MaKey
Today is my final day with the adventurous crew at MaKey MaKey. Stepping in shortly after their successful Kickstater in 2012, I was able to work together with Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum to steady the ship through the first quarter of 2014. Managing and developing customer support systems, wholesale and education sales systems, and taking MaKey MaKey on the road to share with kids of all ages was only half the challenge.
So much of the Maker movement is about learning while you're doing. In this spirit, creating a robust daily business for MaKey MaKey that substantially exceeded it's online presence was a fantastic experiment. With an invention kit as creative and open-ended as MaKey MaKey is, the different markets make themselves known and they reach out based on their interest in applying the technology.
I interfaced daily with kids, teachers, parents, artists, engineers, museum managers, and retail businesses to talk about how far they could take the product. It was an enlivening experience. As a MaKey MaKey promises, my creative confidence was boosted by the experience of creating, testing, and making things happen.
Opportunities to present MaKey MaKey from the beaches of Santa Cruz to the beaches of France was only the brilliant silver lining to a gold star experience. Our local efforts forged the way to present the technology to school teachers throughout our local county, learning by doing so that we could inspire others to do the same. I also had the pleasure to work with the Zeitgeist and Cannes Lions event team from Google UK, who developed a fantastic showcase for MaKey MaKey over several multi-day events.