By Elizabeth Brueckner, EO Calgary member and the Principal of G.K. Hills Consulting Ltd.
From my position on the horse’s back, I caught scent of the water buffalo and the elephants before I came upon them. The sheer numbers of animals, punctuated by the raw sensory – the sights and smells – surpassed the expectation I had conjured in my minds’ eye. The safari was approximately 200 miles along the Masai Mara Game Reserve over 10 days. It has always been my dream to travel to Africa, and then one day I saw an advertisement for a horseback-riding safari in Kenya. This became my new dream. In October 2003, I left Calgary for Nairobi.
By Hao Lam, EO Seattle member and CEO of Best in Class Education
Persistence—it’s one of the most important skills an entrepreneur can have, and one I learned to adopt long before I started my first business. I was born in South Vietnam during the height of the civil war with North Vietnam. It was a terrifically tough time, and one that greatly impacted my family. My father had worked for, and fought alongside, the United States army. When Saigon fell, we were closely monitored and ostracized, resulting in my father being jailed as a political prisoner. I had to flee.
By Eran Lobel, EO Boston member and CEO of ELEMENT Productions
EO is an amazing organization—the mark you can make with the support of your peers! When I attended the EO Istanbul University in 2012, my primary focus was on exploring how to raise my company’s profile on the global stage. While in Turkey, my new EO friends saw my enthusiasm for expanding my business and approached me with an exciting proposition: To harness some of my entrepreneurial zeal and help start an EO chapter in Israel. Upon learning that several Israeli entrepreneurs had unsuccessfully attempted to establish an EO chapter, I decided to join a small task force of EO members to plan an Israel chapter launch.
By David McLain, EO Colorado member and the Founder of Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, LLC
My first job out of law school was with a law firm in Denver, Colorado. What made it special was that it had a sabbatical program for attorneys who had been there for 10 years or more. Unfortunately, the firm broke up three years into my career, and I never had the opportunity to avail myself of the program. I started a new firm with three of the partners from the previous firm, and my entrepreneurial journey began. Shortly thereafter, I joined EO and never looked back. Before I knew it, a decade had flown by, I was married with four children and I was quickly approaching my 40th birthday.