Hi, I’m Benjamin Bowman. I created this site to explore the intersection between business, politics, education and society.
My experience as a teacher in the classroom, a reporter in the newsroom and an executive coach in the boardroom provides me with the unique ability to empathize with people with different perspectives.
I'd like to think that my experience in diverse environments led to my ability to bring people together who might not otherwise see eye-to-eye, especially on hot-button issues.
While I've always had an abiding love for people and interpersonal interactions, I believe I honed in on these skills as a reporter.
For a number of years, I covered local and national stories from the South to the Midwest and on the East Coast.
From the White House press room, I reported on President Obama's reelection, a Landmark Supreme Court ruling, Capitol Hill's intransigence (somethings never change) and so much more.
Political reporting was the opportunity of a lifetime and a childhood dream that came true.
But, I always feel at home when speaking with everyday people who do not have the everyday trappings shielding them from everyday tragedies.
During Flint's Water Crisis, people I spoke with suffered from being exposed to increased lead levels in their water supply.
Some of the victims were kids who will never benefit from the full cognitive capabilities God gifted them because government failed them. The actions in Flint run counter to our U.S. values of personal control and
self-help by conflicting with the notion that everyone has personal control over their future and that success is gifted to those simply willing to work hard enough.
So the people in Flint hold a very special place in my heart.
I also have a special place in my heart for families who lost loved ones in the face of GM's historic recalls.
I covered several stories on GM's recalls. And when I did, I never understood the rationale
business executives used when deciding that customers, who spent tens of thousands of their hard earned dollars on GM's products, didn't quite deserve the $1 GM estimated the repairs to cost per vehicle. Repairs that not only could've saved GM from expensive lawsuits, dips in consumer confidence, sliding stock prices and market share losses that brought GM to its lowest point in 80 years. More importantly, repairs that would've saved a precious life.
In education, I credit my experience serving Chicago's at-risk communities for giving me the perspective that the disproportionate allocation of resources have faces and have affects. Every day educational spending and other policies create a challenging environment for children to learn in and for educators to work in.
Thinking about the families within Chicago Public Schools, the families who lost loved ones in GM's ignition switch recalls and the residents poisoned in Flint, I am conscious of my luck and conscious of my opportunities.
Sure I work hard but so do others. I am lucky.
These three stories--touching across politics, education and business have the same common denominator-- a collapse in ethical decision-making.
This is why I decided to earn an MBA at The University of Notre Dame-- because of a curriculum centered around business as a force for good and ethical decision-making.
I appreciate the fact that I was able to earn a journalism degree from Northwestern University-- and am thankful for the faculty and classmates who taught me how to "read & write." I am also thankful for my MBA training because, as my "dad joke" goes, Notre Dame taught me how to "add and subtract."
And last but not least, plenty of thanks and gratitude go to my wonderful friends and family who engage with me on a level that keeps me both humble and thoughtful.