Leadership Personal

Finding my way


Love. Orbit belongs to Dawn Thompson, CCI puppy raiser. Holiday shopping is tough!

I’ve been struggling to make sense of what’s going on in our country today. Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is approaching. Yet I see so much hatred. So much division. What can I do?

Here’s my plan. Listen. Love. Act. I’ll do what I can to make the world we live in – together – a better place.

I’m volunteering to support causes I believe in, including refugee assistance. I’ll continue my work with Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support.

We can’t all see eye to eye; I know that. I probably won’t change minds or hearts. I know that, too. What I can do is show love to all, regardless of personal opinions. I’ll hug my dog Levi more often. I’ll continue to speak up for what I believe in; to do otherwise would damage my soul. I refuse to succumb to spoken and written words of ugliness.

I’m praying for peace and kindness. Join me.

Marketing Personal

Speaker anxiety? Try this

Levi reads


Here’s a winning combination and it makes perfect sense to me. Connect “audience dogs” with speakers to help alleviate speaker anxiety! I love dogs and teach public speaking.

I’ve already shared this information with my friends at Canine Companions for Independence – an organization helping people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs. They opened a new CCI training facility just last year in Irving, Texas.

Communication is easier with a friend. Watch this video.


P.S. The picture you see here is my dog Levi, an adopted terrier mix. In the interest of full disclosure, he isn’t a trained audience dog.




Angels with tails

WaylonThe dog-human connection is powerful, even life-changing. That’s no surprise to dog lovers! And Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a non-profit organization, facilitates this relationship in a magical way. They match people with disabilities with highly trained assistance dogs, raising and training four types of dogs — service dogs, skilled companions, hearing dogs and facility dogs. Canine Companions provides dogs and services free of charge.

Today CCI is building a new training facility at the Baylor Scott & White Health Kinkeade Campus in Irving, Texas, thanks to a generous grant from the Baylor Health Care System Foundation. I’m proud to be a volunteer for CCI’s new North Texas Chapter!

The CCI – Baylor Scott & White Health partnership is a winning combination. If you’d like to lend a hand (or raise a paw), volunteer opportunities are available!

Meet Waylon, pictured here. He owns CCI puppy raiser Jeff LoParo.