Margo leads strategic engagement for UA CED and is part of growing Alaska‘s entrepreneurial ecosystem, with a focus on helping early-stage entrepreneurs learn new tools to pursue their ideas. She currently runs CED’s Upstart Intern program and co-leads the Upstart Alpha student accelerator at UAA. Her talents lie in creating a collaborative and welcoming space for exploration and problem-solving. With a background in education, Margo believes facilitation and guided learning are a blend of art and science, and that the most important outcome of her process is an actionable, achievable framework. She holds a Master of Public Policy from Mills College and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Margo is certified Strategic Doing Workshop Leader and earned her “Foundations in Design Thinking“ certification from IDEO in 2018. She currently serves on the boards of the University Economic Development Association and thread.
Dr. Rick Wolk is a Board Certified Executive/ Corporate/ Business/ Leadership Coach (BCC), chief executive group chair, educator, researcher and entrepreneur with experience in all aspects of running organizations that strive for whole-brain excellence. Industries where Rick has helped leaders achieve their business and personal goals in both domestic and international markets include aviation, healthcare, retail, distribution, media, manufacturing, real estate, beverages, architecture, insurance, telecommunications, re-manufacturing, information technology, and resource exploration. In addition to his Strategic Doing certification, Rick is certified by The Myers & Briggs Foundation to professionally and ethically administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs® assessments. Dr. Wolk is also certified by Herrmann International in applying and interpreting the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI®) and utilizing the Whole Brain® Thinking System. The HBDI® assessment helps people to better understand the thinking preferences of themselves and others so they can better execute, collaborate and communicate. Rick is also a Leadership Circle Profile Certified (LCP) Practitioner; the LCP is the only 360 instrument that measures the two primary leadership domains – Creative Competencies and Reactive Tendencies – and integrates this information so that key opportunities for leadership development immediately rise to the surface.
Beyond his own chief executive roles, Rick has successfully managed business development, sales, marketing, and strategy functions. With over 12 years of university teaching experience Rick also has experience developing, leading, and growing graduate and undergraduate academic programs in business administration. Rick is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, chief executives and business owners around the world to start, grow and positively change their businesses.
Whether working one-on-one with clients or working with a team, Rick’s style of facilitation is similar to his work as an educator for adult graduate and undergraduate learners and his work coaching chief executives. More the ‘scribe on the side’ than the ‘sage on the stage’, Dr. Wolk engages client participants in an atmosphere of active learning where he uses caring, creative questioning and engaging exercises to carefully draw out everyone in the room, introverts and extroverts alike, so that participants co-create, learn from each other in a manner that helps make the learning stick, and have fun in the process.
When Rick is not working you will find him in his kayak or on the running and skiing trails with his wife Bobbie Sue and their rescue husky, Zeke. If not on the trails or on the water, you may also find Rick on a yoga mat in Anchorage or at his favorite retreat in India.
Rick earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Dr. Wolk then earned his PhD at Leeds Beckett University in England; while at Leeds, Rick’s research helped Alaskan entrepreneurs to accelerate their businesses’ growth by finding on-ramps to a system of logic that more successful entrepreneurs have used to grow their businesses to annual revenue levels between $200 Million and $1.5 Billion.