Dr. David Anderson, the director of COMPASS, developed its predecessor, Healthy Expectations, to help first-year students as they transition to college. First implemented in 2000, the program was based on seven life health principles designed to create healthy communities by fostering a positive and supportive culture for students on campus.

In 2005, as Senior Editor for George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health, I led the editorial process for the multimedia version that earned a model program award from the US Department of Education. It was my first taste of life as a digital nomad, and I’ve been working remotely ever since.

The project that grew around COMPASS (Creating, Optimizing, Mapping, Planning, Achieving, Steering and Succeeding) was an intensive exercise in autonomy, mastery and purpose before Daniel Pink brought “Motivation 3.0” to the mainstream. Developing the name, brand, UX and curriculum, and managing contributions from 30+ experts brought unique challenges that still inspire me today.