One of today’s events was the culmination of nearly four years of work, many thousands of hours of networking, and many people not fully understanding what I was trying to do. (I can’t take all the credit, I can only say I had a dream and that through connections, it is coming true) Today’s event was simple; get Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to partner with my friends at Adaptive Action Sports. Well, it finally happened in the form of an all veteran’s snowboard camp being hosted by AAS in Copper Mountain, Colorado.
IAVA uses a reward’s site called the Rucksack to give veterans opportunities that most people could never dream of. These opportunities are given by our gracious sponsors in the hopes that they are showing support to veterans how fought for their country. If you read my ramblings, you know that I have been the recipient of many amazing good times, from doing a stint as a Joseph Abboud model, to sideline/box tickets to an NY Giants game, Yankees playoff tickets, and IAVA’s Heroes Gala. Others have won trips to Vegas and even to the Super Bowl. But today, we offered up three all expense paid trips to AAS’s Learn to Ride pipeline event in CO. This event is made possible by Disabled Sports USA, United States of America Snowboarding Association, and Challenged Athletes Foundation with AAS hosting. This pipeline camp is designed as a feeder for AAS’s ultimate goal of having America sweep the podiums in snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia (I have my fingers crossed that I am making this trip as well!). Read more…
I was so excited about today that I couldn’t sleep last night. Not so much like a kid waiting on Christmas, but like a near 30-year-old man excited to do something that I haven’t done before. This morning as I woke, I felt good, I felt like it was going to be a GOOD day. Then I heard dripping in my utility closet and the morning went to shit. Part of the ceiling fell and water is coming out of the light, the fire detector, AND the sprinkler system. Good morning to you too world.
After dealing with my unbearably South African/British landlord this morning who insisted I must be an idiot, I called the fire department to come out and inspect. Thanks Hoboken FD for coming out, but I didn’t get any help there. Upstairs tenant wasn’t any help either, awesome. With no plumber and the landlord on his way, I bolted to get to the city (maybe not the most responsible thing to do?) in time for our event at JCPenney.
The JCP in the Manhattan Mall on 33rd and 6th is massive and was a cool venue to hold this event. Right as soon as you walked into the mall, there was the event; set against the towering inside of this surprisingly ornate building. Today was yet another part of the “Welcome Home Joe” program. This fall 2010, JOE Joseph Abboud®, JCPenney and IAVA celebrated veterans with the national campaign “Welcome Home Joe,” which provided Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with $1 million in certificates to purchase professional attires as they transitioned to the civilian workforce. I have been lucky enough to be a part of this and have been smiling from ear to ear since. Today’s event was aptly named “Combat to Career” which supplied 100 female and 100 male with care packs that included items to ease the transition from military to civilian life. Read more…
Today in my Organizational Behaviors class we talked about stereotypes, distortion, halo effects, organizational paradigms, contrast effects, self fulfilling prophecy, and attribution theory as it relates to the business environment. All of these help to shape the culture and behaviors inside a company and within employees of that company. Among all these, we discussed stereotypes the most. We talked about stereotyping in the workplace, across cultures, between races and how this affected the workplace. During the most heated point of the discussion one student said that a common stereotype was that all puerto ricans and blacks could dance, so I rebutted with “and white people cant!??!” (side note: I am the only caucasian in class. Actually I have been the “token white guy” in every class I have been in ha.) It was all in good fun and we laughed so dont think this went further into argument rather than discussion. As we laughed, I illustrated that white people CAN in fact dance and told them about my “dougie-ing” experience on the NY Giants field this past Sunday. To my surprise the class did not in fact know how to dougie so I had to “teach them how to dougie.” It was a pretty funny experience and I got a little embarrassed, but I needed that pick me up today bc last night’s sleep was hard to find.
Im feeling good after having some adrenaline coursing through my veins and am ready for the rest of this class. Two more hours and another class is off the books. Then on to the Snow Film Festival tonight in TriBeCa NYC for Revolver and shennigans thereafter.