You Can’t Be Anybody But Yourself. A Sit Down with Dr. Colleen Perry Keith – Outside Insights Podcast Episode #34

by placers on July 7, 2023 in Outside Insights


I’m blessed to have many people in my circle that inspire me and push me to become a better version of myself every day just through their example. Some of these people are close to me, like my wife or my father.

Others, I’ve met throughout the seasons of life and am honored to have them in my network – cheering one another on as we reach new milestones. One of these people is Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, the president of Goldey–Beacom College in Wilmington and recent Outside Insights podcast guest.

Colleen welcomed me into her office shortly after becoming President and we engaged immediately in talks of leadership, higher education and all things business. During the pandemic I had the honor of being the commencement speaker for the College and Colleen had to listen to me at least six times with each graduation ceremony. I have linked here as the message fits our conversation.

During our talk, Colleen shared her inspiring journey, from her early career experiences to her current role as a college president, offering valuable insights into personal growth, mentorship, and leading integrative lives. All in all, the lessons she shared really highlights one critically important value of Outside Insights: Authentic leadership.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Colleen’s career journey and the lessons she learned along the way, including the importance of having mentors who guide and support professional growth.
  • Why adaptability and seizing opportunities to learn and expand one’s skill set are crucial for success.
  • The importance of continuous learning, building relationships within the higher education industry, and Colleen’s unique perspective on effective leadership.
  • And of course, in true Outside Insights fashion, the importance of balancing different aspects of life, such as family, career, and personal interests, is emphasized.

Save this podcast for your next morning commute or start it now. You won’t want to miss Colleen’s lessons for personal and professional development as you reflect on your own journey and consider ways to cultivate growth and balance in your life.

Until next time, friends.


If you enjoyed this, I recommend listening to these past Outside Insights Podcast episodes:

Pursuing Adventure, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Freedom with Steven Pivnik – Outside Insights Podcast Episode #33.

A Sit Down with Rob Eppes – Outside Insights Podcast Episode #32

A Sit Down With Vince DiFelice – Outside Insights Podcast Episode #31

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