GET to Learn: Loving what you do

May 18, 2016

There is a plethora of advice these days about how to be fulfilled. The premise is that if you are deeply passionate about your day job then the rest of your life will fall into place. That fulfillment comes from that elusive “perfect” job.

Yet, what if your passion results in zero income? What if you just like your job? Perhaps it is mostly good and your passions lie outside of your daily work. Often there is not a clear path to aligning your passion and career. Yet, it can be done.


At next week’s GET to Learn we are welcoming two executive speakers who have done just that. STRATCO, Inc. owner and CEO Diane Graham and Ginkgotree COO Eric Stoddard will share their “do what you love, love what you do” strategies.


Graham’s career of stellar achievements is due to her focus on innovation, strategy and community mindedness. Under her direction STRATCO, Inc. created a grease plant design service, built-up the Alkylation Division from $500,000 to $29 million, increased the STRATCO brand from receiving 5% of the global project to 90%, and now sells equipment and/or license technology in 65 countries. She was the first female president of the National Lubricating Grease Institute, a member of the prestigious Committee of 200 since 1985, an organization of the world’s most successful women and received two White House appointments from President Clinton. In addition, Graham has become a vital team member to ECOPATH Contracting, STRATFORD Engineering, and AXA Advisors. Not one to stop when she leaves the office, she also gives back to the community.


Through his work at Accenture, a Fortune Global 500 consultancy, Quicken and Northcentral University, Stoddard gained a passion for engaging team members by creating positive cultures and caring leaders. He now researches, writes and speaks about the way that individual learning, growth and achievement can enhance personal fulfillment and career engagement. Currently the Chief Operating Officer for Ginkgotree, an education technology company in Detroit, his next book is scheduled to release this year. It focuses on the relationship between personal achievement and career growth. As a testament to the idea that pursuits outside of a day job lead to career success, Stoddard performs professionally as a guitarist and vocalist, standup comedian, climbed the two summits of Mt. Rainier, climbed Mt. Whitney in one day, earned his MBA and most recently completed a motorcycle trip to all 48 states, which he filmed. Most importantly, he once met Beyoncé.


Register to attend GET to Learn to hear how these two career superstars rock it inside AND outside the office.

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