Happy New Year! Is it just me or was 2015 the longest yet shortest year in recent history. When I look back it seems as if I blinked and 2016 was upon us. And yet when I reflect I realize that so much happened in such a short period of time. In fact I often find myself saying when I remember something that seemed so far ago, “Wow, that was only this past year?!”
One such memory that now seems like ancient history was the inception of the SDS. It’s hard to believe that we are only in our second year and yet we have accomplished so much. We started with the concept of a brick and mortar road show. We swore we would keep is small and quiet and intimate. So much for that. The drum beat was always for more more more. We couldn’t keep up. And geography continued to be a challenge that we simply couldn’t overcome.
So the following year we made the decision to expand our reach by moving the SDS to an online community. We began with a written column and soon expanded to an online, though leadership session. 12 phenomenal writers and 6 video contributors later we find ourselves embarking on the next chapter in the evolution of our crazy idea.
So what’s next? Simple. We stick with what works. We expand the quality content we started and continue to expand our online reach. However our goal for this year is to solidify our community and strengthen our partner relationships in order to build our ever growing network. We have also toyed around with the idea of re-instating a quarterly, informal gathering for our speakers and writers to meet in person with fellow members, entrepreneurs, tech-heads and visionaries. However no guarantees on that one so don’t hold me to it.
And most importantly we stay true to our initial mission and vision. Ie. One of inspiration and ideation through network, connection and education. As such, there is one more facet of the SDS that we will continue to honor and carry through…the respect the duck award. This is an award that is given to people who embody the true spirit of the visionary. That is, “Cool and calm above surface, paddling like hell underneath. “ And so I’d like to also begin this new year by awarding the 2015 Respect the Duck Award to Dr. Renee Dua.
Dr. Renee Dua never ceases to amaze us. She is a board certified Doctor with a busy medical practice in nephrology, hypertension and internal medicine, co-founder of successful startup HEAL described as the UBER of Medical Care, and hands-on mother of two boys under two years of age. When you speak with Renee you get a calm, grounded, attentive person that gives you her full attention, you would never know that she is changing the future of medical care. Renee we salute you!
Onward and upward. I hope to hear from you in the New Year. Until then…