Member Profile - Beth Thompson - December 2006

Paul Morgan

The Facts:
My husband, Paul, and I have been married for nearly 25 years and have three children; Lacey, 23, Jessica, 20; and John, 17. I was recently rehired by the Boeing Co. and relocated to Seattle, where I work on the 737 Program as a Human Resources Integrator. Since 2003, I've attended Fielding Graduate University where I am working on a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems.

Network Participation:
I've attended the In2:IN Forum every year since its inception. I worked with Bill Bellows (we were a dangerous duo) at the time of the first Forum in 2002 and the next two years as well. During that first year, I was inspired and amazed by how all of us made 1 plus 1 add up to WAY more than 2...

Tell us about a recent "a ha" moment.
Of late, I've realized how important my friends are. The very best things in life are measured in human relationships.

What book are you reading now?
I'm currently reading The Power Elite by C. Wright Mills. Although this social science classic was first published in 1956, it's even more significant today - many aspects of what Mills predicted for our democracy in practice have come about...scary stuff...

What recent book have you read that you consider both beneficial and readable?
Hegemony or Survival, by Noam Chomsky, has rocketed up the bestseller list - I found it beneficial - but can't guarantee it will be readable or beneficial for others. It depends, if you know what I mean.

What advice do you have for people new to the In2:InThinking Network?
Everyone can make a contribution and together we can make a difference. Don't sit back, jump in!!