ILA Podcast

Figure It Out

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with David Rae


Scott talks with David Rae, President & Co-Founder of 503 Media & Events and the Curator of TEDxPortland, about creativity and figuring things out.

Quotes From This Episode

“I’m a creative at heart. I love art. I love experience. I love storytelling. And a drug for me is creating indelible moments for people to enjoy. For people to collect moments and not things. So I’ve always had a passion for putting people in the room and creating an arena or vessel in which people can connect and get to the core of meaningful relationships. That’s just, that’s the juice for me.”

“We’re in this fun office space. And I have pennants all over in the rafters of my office…and one of the pennants is ‘figure it out.’ So I look at ‘figure it out’ every day. I look at ‘let it go.’ I look at ‘worry will trap you.’ I look right above me is ‘give a damn.’ I mean, I just need those kinds of motivational quips and quotes to keep me trucking.”

“I wake up in the morning and ask these questions of myself: 1) Does it serve the team? 2) Does it serve the business? 3) Does it serve the community? and 4) What can I personally do better to help in each of those?”

“TEDx Portland is a lightning bolt of joy and ideas and inspiration for this town. The city has embraced it from day one.”

About David Rae

David Rae is the President & Co-Founder of 503 Media & Events – an organization that believes in moments, not things.

The 503 team is comprised of creative technologists and plays in the digital, strategy, brand content, and experiential space. David is also the Curator of TEDxPortland which is focused on connecting thinkers and doers committed to “ideas worth spreading” in the Rose City.

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.