Name: Steven Bleau
I am the Director of Educational Projects for a strategic training consulting firm called Studio 7 Communications. My job is part training, part project management. Companies come to me when their employees are not performing as expected. I create a training strategy that fits within the company’s overall approach. I am actively involved in created the training, but also oversee a team of talented experts that will bring the course to life. In my current project, I am working with a graphic designer, a photographer, two actors and a reviewer. My job is gratifying as I get to start near the beginning. Then I can build a vision and bring it to life.
What are you passionate about most?
You know, I could answer almost all of these questions by talking about my family. But I will keep that answer just to this one. I have three girls, 11, 8 and 2½ who are the apple of my eye. My wife and I are deeply involved in their lives and I am proud of how they are developing.
What are you proud of most?
I am proudest of returning to school in my 40s and successfully obtaining an advanced degree in Instructional Design. At first, the program declined my application because, well, let’s just say that I was not the best student at the Bachelor’s level. However, I battled hard until I was finally accepted and graduated with a GPA of over 4.00!
What is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is finding the balance between work, family, hobbies and volunteer pursuits. I believe in giving back to society. So I am president of the Home and School Association at my children’s school and am active in sustainable development initiatives. Sometimes, it’s out of kilter, but on average, it’s been working out well. The one area that suffers most at present is the environmental concerns. However, I am trying to integrate it into my job.
What do you do for fun?
I play with my kids. I take karate courses with Olivia, my second daughter. I play badminton twice a week. I hike, snowshoe and ski. I also love to cook.
What is your dream? What do you want to be remembered for most?
I have a similar response for both of these questions. The next two generations face tremendous challenges as an increasingly over-populated world continues to eat away at limited resources. Something is going to give. I dream of a sustainable world where my children and others can thrive and I want to be remembered as contributing to this vision.
I have a second dream. I would like to share my love of the outdoors with my wife and kids once they become adults. Imagine the quality time we would have if we spent a few days a year hiking together.
Okay, busted. I guess I couldn’t keep my family out of these answers entirely.
Find out about Steven’s favorite websites and non-fiction books in my blog post on Friday, October 21.
Do you know anyone pursuing sustainable development initiatives that you could introduce Steven to?