When The Chips Are Down

When The Chips Are Down

I was listening to an interview on business best practices and the interviewer asked, “What is the best way to tell if someone has high integrity?” That got my attention. Begin honest and trustworthy – and surrounding myself with people who have similar thoughts...
Bridging the Fear Gap

Bridging the Fear Gap

A few months ago my husband, two friends and I hiked down the south side of the Grand Canyon. We had been training for months, carrying heavy packs with our food, water and camping gear. With about a mile to go to the campsite, we came across a gorgeous bridge...
Disconnecting and the Art of Downtime

Disconnecting and the Art of Downtime

As I write this, I’m flying. I connected to Wi-Fi as soon as I could, on my laptop and my phone. It’s 5:45am and I’m signed on to IM, just in case someone needs to get in touch with me. Good grief – I am not that important and things can wait, but the allure of...
Reflections on our Founder

Reflections on our Founder

July 14, 2018 marks my 16th anniversary at ISTS. In the spring of 2002, I had the great privilege of being introduced to Nyles Ayers, the Founder of what was then called Scholarship Program Administrators. Nyles was looking for someone to run the company so that he...
Right People, Right Seats

Right People, Right Seats

When I start a blog, I don’t go back and check to see if I’ve written about a topic before. As I started this one, I felt like maybe I had, but did not want to influence my brain, my today thoughts, with those from yesterday. This year, I decided to be very...
Who’s the Kid in the Room?

Who’s the Kid in the Room?

Do you remember the wonder of make-believe, play and exploration you had as a child? Dirt and water become extravagant cakes and branches the sharpest swords. A rustle in the leaves caused by a critter was the lurking werewolf. If you have children or have spent any...