Author event: the Stratos Oktoberfest open house

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being the special guest at an incredible event, Stratos Product Development‘s annual company open house. The company is mentioned on page 138 of my book Be a Changemaker, because they were one of the original funders of Edward Jiang’s StudentRND venture, which I profiled in chapter 12.

Stratos Oktoberfest banner

As you can see, this year’s theme was Oktoberfest, and they went all out with decorations, food, beverages, and even a polka band!

polka band

It’s too bad I didn’t get a chance to dance, but I was having too much fun talking with Stratos employees and guests.

photo of author talking with attendee

I was warmly welcomed, and folks seemed pretty excited about Be a Changemaker, too.

attendees with Be a Changemaker

At one point, a storm picked up and we had to (quickly!) move everything inside, but that just made it easier to mingle.

mingling with attendees inside

And as attendees left for the evening, there were piles and piles of books for them to take home, all of which I signed and, if desired, personalized (yes, my hand was tired!).

stacks of Be a Changemaker books

What a wonderful evening! I left feeling thoroughly impressed with everyone I had talked to–and with the company itself for bringing them all together.

I’m ever so grateful to Stratos Product Development for including me. They’re the perfect example of a for-profit business that is committed to doing good in the world, and it was such an honor to participate.

Click here to check out all of the great photos from the event, and here to see what this totally awesome company is all about.

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