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JJ's COVID Story - "You have to talk about culture ... A lot"

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About JJ Colburn

JJ Colburn, CAE, is the President/Partner at Strategic Association Management (SAM), an association management company in Austin, Texas. In this role, he provides SAM clients with executive leadership and strategic counsel, mentors and develop staff, and helps to identify and grow business opportunities. He also serves as executive director of the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT), which is an association of 5,500 science educators managed by SAM.

An active member of the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE), JJ served as the 2016-2017 TSAE Board Chairman and was honored in 2019 with the TSAE Distinguished Executive Award. In 2013, he was one of 12 association professionals selected from across the country as a Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar, a program of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

JJ has developed and delivered leadership curriculum and presentations at conferences, workshops, and schools across the country. He is the co-author of Leadership For Kids: Curriculum for Building Intentional Leadership in Gifted Learners, published by Prufrock Press (2017). JJ was recognized in 2011 with the Earl Reum Regional Award, a national award presented to outstanding teachers of teachers.

A native of Orange, Texas, JJ was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD in 2012. JJ has a BA in Psychology and M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, both from The University of Texas at Austin.

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You can listen to or download JJ's COVID Story from your favorite podcast app.

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A technical note

When we first had the idea for COVID Stories, we thought we'd record ten or fifteen minutes and then edit that down to a three to five minute segment. But then the interviews began and it was almost cathartic. Everyone had more to say than could be fit into ten or fifteen minutes. When we heard the awesome insights that were being shared, we realized there was no way to cut anything. So, it's all here.

Also, the COVID Stories interviews were conducted during the shelter-in-place lockdown using Microsoft Teams. What you’re hearing is unedited, unfiltered, and with any call quality issues and technical glitches left in. We’ve all had our share of online meetings during lockdown, so you can probably relate to these glitches that can pop up when you least expect it.

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