I love getting to meet new people. Well, maybe I should rephrase that…I love getting to meet like-minded people – people who share the same vision that I have for leadership and education. Last week I got to do that three different times in one day. All through connections I’ve made on LinkedIn, I had two different phone meetings, and one coffee meeting in the same day, with educators all over the US. They were all conversations regarding how we might work together, but each one left me energized and excited to be doing what I do. I think it’s so important to surround yourself with people who challenge you, and help you grow. Of course I have people in my life who do just that who have nothing to do with education, but I still leave their presence filled. I love to read, but there is something about learning from just having a conversation with another human, real-time, that feeds my mind like no book or article ever can. My hope is that I sharpen those I talk with, too.