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Member Profile: Glen

Let me introduce you to one of our very valued members and someone we’re glad to call a friend - Glen McDermott. Glen moved from his native Australia 11 years ago and recently launched an online e-learning business called iEvolve. which focused on the food & hospitality industries. Little did he know that much more than a business venture in America lay ahead of him…but first we must go back to Glen’s roots.

At the age of 10, he received a bicycle and everything changed. This “two-wheeled beast”, to quote Glen, became a new passion & a new way to connect with people and places that were previously outside his environment. There was something remarkable about the way a bicycle removed the insulation between a people and environments. This bicycle became as much a vehicle for growing his passion for people, nutrition, & the world around him, as much as for getting Glen around. Subsequently, this led to many cycling through countries around the globe

When he returned he began and a 9-month project with his brother to plant 30,000 trees in and around Canberra – Glen’s hometown. Today those trees are fully grown, some as wide as 4 feet and 100 ft high. In his words- “the greatest job satisfaction”

Glen joined our community at The Grove three months ago and found much more than a desk, internet, and good coffee. What he found was a collaborative community to “blue sky” ideas. In other words, thinking as high as you want to think without any tethers - an audacious venture for anyone. Even more profound, he found a community that gave him encouragement and a mature, diverse knowledge base to “blue sky” his passions around health, nutrition, and being a steward of the environment.

After years in visual retail marketing, a re-awakening and alignment of values & skill sets have culminated in the Glen’s current projects. One of which is donating 20% of his time to non-profit endeavors. Another, is helping bring healthy food options to convenience stores – to name a few of his ventures.

We’re so glad that the community at The Grove became fertile ground to openly discuss the values he holds, hence becoming a catalyst to “blue sky” a future that aligns with Glen’s passion for health, nutrition, and the environment on an e-learning platform.

Glen is also an accomplished photographer, chef, scuba diver, and avid cyclist. We’re glad to collaborate and dream with him.

Follow Glen online:

www.ievolvetraining.com

www.twitter.com/ievolvetraining

Read about The Grove in the NH Register

The Grove, New Haven’s first co-working and collaborative space that has already attracted members who can come use the facilities, which includes basic work space and meeting rooms, through day passes or monthly.

“We are really trying to create a very innovative ecology for the free-lancers of the city where they can find a place to work and network. It’s kind of an alternative to working out of your home or a coffee shop,” said Slate Ballard, who co-founded it with Ken Janke.

They plan to run workshops on networking, marketing, social media and other aspects of business development.

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collaborative “co-working” space that offers work space and interactive events to bring creative thinkers and artists together to foster more social enterprises.