May 19 Day 1167: Strategery Unlocked

The first day of the Spring Mathematical Association of America Board of Directors meeting was devoted to strategic planning—facilitated by Cara Parker of Cara Parker Consulting. We were engaged, focused, and productive. Sticky notes, flip charts, active meeting management. Time to think. Time to dream. Time to connect. Data, graphics, the works. It was everythingContinue reading “May 19 Day 1167: Strategery Unlocked”

December 2 Day 999: Mathematical Cooperation

It was a full day’s meeting at the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences. Presidents, Executive Directors, and friends of 19 different mathematics organizations met to work together and support each other in their efforts to promote research, improve education, and expand the uses of mathematics. It’s a great group of people and I amContinue reading “December 2 Day 999: Mathematical Cooperation”

March 2 Day 724: Gentle Nudges

Sometimes it feels like nagging. Working on a tight deadline but reliant on the input of others. I don’t want my deadline pressures to create stress on anyone else. So what’s a girl to do? Occasional gentle reminders that become more frequent as the deadline fast approaches. Imagine my chagrin, when I received a nudgeContinue reading “March 2 Day 724: Gentle Nudges”

February 20 Day 714: Missed Opportunity

It was a beautiful morning. The sun eventually broke through the cloud cover (as shown in the cover image.) After my walk, I set my priorities for the day: Grade Friday’s reflections Comment on rough drafts and return so students can continue to develop and improve their final projects, due in 3 weeks. Work inContinue reading “February 20 Day 714: Missed Opportunity”

December 10 Day 642: Daydream Believers

We can dream up idealized solutions to a problem. Others can agree it’s a good solution and want to implement. But please don’t present your daydreams as real solutions until you have confirmed with all parties involved and understand the limitations. Just saying. Cover image created using one of my own photos and

November 5 Day 607: Board Advice

The MAA Board had a hybrid meeting with 5 participants attending remotely and 16 in-person. It was an adventure, especially during the group activities, but we figured it out as we went along. Since people had laptops in the meeting room, we eventually landed on everyone signing into the Zoom meeting with their sound turnedContinue reading “November 5 Day 607: Board Advice”

August 2 Day 512: Going for Gold

For me, today was the first day (of six) for MathFest 2021 activities with a meeting of the MAA Congress and a welcome to the 2021 Gold Project NExT Fellows. Congress started on the meeting platform HopIn. It seems great for curating sessions and broadcasting presentations but I believe in active engagement (whether in theContinue reading “August 2 Day 512: Going for Gold”

May 7 Day 425: What I Miss About Meetings in Person

I have just completed two days of virtual board meetings, the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) today and Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) yesterday. Prior to that I participated in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual meeting virtually over eight days. What do all these events have in common?Continue reading “May 7 Day 425: What I Miss About Meetings in Person”

March 8 Day 365: Kanban

And so completes the first transit around the sun during the time of coronavirus. I never imaged a year later, we would be here—still remaining distant and not quite sure what the future holds. At the end of the day, it can be hard to see what actually gets accomplished. Being a visual person IContinue reading “March 8 Day 365: Kanban”