I have come to appreciate Toledo as a land riddled with opportunity – soil ready for planting. I say this not short of experiences traveling abroad; yet, somehow I always found a way and a reason to come back to Toledo. By day I work towards developing my understanding of progressive topics in technology, business, and education through my work as the operations manager of Launchpad Incubation at The University of Toledo where I help manage marketing, digital media creation, event planning, and day to day operations of the program and facility. By night I stay involved in local advisory boards and grassroots organizations such as Midstory: Toledo’s Media Think Hub and Toledo GROWs. I recognize that tech and business are only a piece of the big picture and that developing a healthy community of committed individuals is of the utmost importance for spurring growth in the many communities that make up our city.