We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Becker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Admittedly, I have never liked the concept of work-life balance. It implies that somehow our work is one thing, and every other aspect of our life sits separately. But it has been totally redefined for me after the year of 2020, where balance has been almost a hilarious conversation. I have three young children, ages 9, 7, and 2, and we are a dual working household. COVID hit, and everything collapsed into itself – into our home. We had to drill down to what is essential and most important, parenting, schooling, working, and finding some joy in it all. I have actually appreciated the opportunity to be able to see more clearly how much we had in our lives that was non-essential. It has allowed me to now have a fresh perspective on what to prioritize and how to ensure I have adequate time for the things that matter most, and remove those that matter least.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve spent the majority of my career at Aspen Academy, as a teacher, instructional coach, and middle school principal. I’ve always been inspired by the entrepreneurial story and spirit of the organization, and in awe of great business leaders. Being able to merge my interest and passion for education, with leadership and entrepreneurship has been a gift. I have been able to remain a part of an amazing community, but also advance professionally, acting as a bit of an intra-preneur. I attribute that to consistency – showing up every day and giving it my best – and also to curiosity, being willing to explore things outside the roles that I was titled, and doors opened that way. Whether it was through an expansion of my skillset or building relationships with people that gave me new opportunities, it has always been worth the extra stitch of effort and exploration. In my current role, I have been able to grow from “intra-preneur” to entrepreneur, and launch Aspen Academy’s latest business division in our online learning platform Future Holders, which teachers leadership, finance, and entrepreneurship to K12 students online.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would head straight to the mountains. No matter the season, I am an avid skiier and hiker, and love the culture and beauty of Colorado’s mountain towns. One of my favorite hikes is Mohawk Lake outside of Breckenridge, and we would finish at Motherloaded Tavern on Main Street for a craft beer and an order of their “Not-chos.”
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
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