Fall In-Service 2008

Follow-up on In-Service

Read the survey results on In-Service.

Watch the video of Kevin Carroll's presentation at In-Service (posted on intranet) until November 13th. PCC employees can access the intranet off-campus by logging into MyPCC, clicking on Employee tab, and then clicking on the intranet link (in the Tools channel.)

Student Access and Success

Welcome. It’s time to kick off the 2008-09 academic year at Portland Community College.

Last year, we raised the roof at our annual In-Service, thanks to the speech by Sir Ken Robinson, a noted educator and public speaker with a distinguished career in Europe and the United States. He brought his message of creativity and the role of education to PCC.

This coming fall, we’ll tap into more of that energy. Our guest speaker will be Kevin Carroll, lecturer, founder of the Katalyst Consultancy and author of "The Rules of the Red Rubber Ball." Newsweek magazine calls it "an adult’s version of Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ – a pocket-size guide to finding your way in life." The book also was featured in BusinessWeek’s "Champions in Innovation" listing in 2006.

Kevin’s second book, "What’s Your Red Rubber Ball? Discover Your Inspiration and Chase it for a Lifetime," will be released later this year.

Kevin will share his thoughts on pursuing one’s passions in life. Portland Community College seems like the perfect venue for this message: we see that passion every day in our classrooms. It’s the one common denominator for all of the best educators. And it’s part of the magic at PCC.

Also at this year’s In-Service, we’ll get a chance to update you on the bond measure going to voters in November. If successful, the money would let us construct new buildings, renovate existing ones, and update technology. The goals are to address the region’s workforce shortages through job training and retraining, and help more students move on to four-year schools.

We’re looking forward to In-Service. Have a great summer and we’ll see you back here in the fall.

Dr. Preston Pulliams
District President, Portland Community College

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Carroll from "Katalyst"

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Sir Ken Robinson

Kevin Carroll is an author, speaker and agent for social change. With his effervescent energy, wit and humor, Kevin helps people harness the power of sport and play as a vehicle for chasing and achieving their dreams.

As an author, Kevin has achieved incredible success with his first book, Rules of The Red Rubber Ball (ESPN Books). Newsweek magazine calls it "…an adult’s version of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – a pocket-size guide to finding your way in life." The book was also featured in BusinessWeek’s "Champions in Innovation" in 2006. Kevin’s second book, What’s Your Red Rubber Ball?! Discover Your Inspiration and Chase it for a Lifetime (ESPN Books) will be released in 2008.

Kevin is also the founder of The Katalyst Consultancy where he has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as The National Hockey League, Nike, ESPN, Starbucks (his words appeared on 17 million Grande cups), The Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Hasbro, Paramount Television, Procter & Gamble, The Discovery Channel, Capital One, HSBC Bank, and many others.

Kevin has dedicated his life to advancing sports and play as a vehicle for social change. Among his many public speaking engagements, Kevin was invited to address the United Nations at the launch of the United Nations Year of Sports for Development and Peace in 2005. He was subsequently appointed as a Special Advisor to the humanitarian group, Right to Play, which designs global sport and play programs for children and communities affected by war, poverty and disease.

Kevin also partners with a number of non-governmental organizations that share his vision and goals. Some of these include: Architecture for Humanity, which creates opportunities for architects and designers from around the world to help communities in need; Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA), a non-profit organization that strives to cultivate the youth of Uganda as global citizens and partners in the development and advocacy for Africa; the Charter School Growth Fund, a philanthropic venture fund which works to grow the national charter sector and improve the quality of public education; and Work to Ride, a community-based prevention program in Philadelphia that aids disadvantaged urban youth through horsemanship, equine sports and education.

He is also Partner and Katalyst at TAOW, a modern marketing agency that builds relationships between consumer brands and their core user groups. TAOW provides high-value experiential campaigns that are unlike traditional marketing solutions.

Kevin recently joined ESPN.com as a regular contributor to chronicle how the power of sports can positively impact society.

Kevin lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and family. When he’s not speaking to business and philanthropic leaders or students, you can find him working at mastering the cello.