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Joel - 02022013

My name is Joel Portman.  I work as a Contract Negotiator/Network Development Specialist for Centene Corporation, developing new Medicaid health plans.  I am a board member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Foundation and volunteer with a number of other community organizations. I graduated from the University of Denver in 2011, completing a Master of Business Administration degree as part a dual degree program with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies.

I am an innovator, a collaborator, a friend, a learner, an educator, a thinker, a change agent – and much more.  I am a network builder, a diversity and inclusion advocate, a social media enthusiast and a lover of friends, family, the outdoors, travel, and learning.

I have experience working in the healthcare, education, diversity/inclusion, retail, and non-profit industries with organizations ranging in size from five people to Fortune 500.

Ever interested in continuous learning and engaging with others, I subscribe (or have recently subscribed) to Fast CompanyFortuneThe Economist, Time, BusinessWeek, Inc., and Entertainment Weekly (for a little fun). I also regularly read articles from Harvard Business Review and McKinsey Quarterly, Center on Foreign Relations, and Foreign Affairs. I follow blogs such as those by Ezra Klein, Nick Kristoff, and Mashable. Further, I regularly use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Instagram. I also use Google+, Flickr, Stumbleupon, and others, but don’t find them to be incredible relevant.

I have developed workshops, training sessions, and presentations on diversity, inclusion, and leadership that have been delivered to national conferences and to colleges/universities across Colorado and which have been adapted by institutions throughout the Midwest. I have additional experience in consulting, project/program management, non-profit management, fundraising, organizational development, international franchising, business operations, and marketing.

This site serves primarily as my personal blog and portfolio.  The site allows me to share my thoughts and experiences along with work that I am doing to further professional and volunteer interests.  I am interested in your feedback so please share, as appropriate.

The top menu bar provides links to different pages on this site.  The secondary menu bar highlights blog post categories, for easy navigation.

For more information on anything on this site, feel free to contact me.

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