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Robert Parker

Position: Founder Success Analyst
Favorite food: Shrimp.
Categories: Studios
Location: Houston, Texas, USA

I’ve always sought out roles where I set others up for success. After graduating from Texas A&M, I worked in education for two years as a Teach For America corps member. As a teacher I taught Algebra and enjoyed coaching the school’s baseball and basketball teams. My experience working with Teach For America in an underserved school district piqued my interest in organizations and how the best organizations set individuals up to thrive. This interest led me to graduate school at Cornell University, where I obtained a Masters in Organizational Behavior. Following this experience I spent time with Thermo Fisher Scientific in the Graduate Leadership Development Program. My time at Thermo Fisher allowed me to see business units throughout the globe offering diverse tools, products, and services to different end markets. This experience greatly developed my business acumen as I saw the day to day a Fortune 100 enterprise working to proverbially “keep the ball at the top of the hill”. However, I realized that I wanted to contribute to businesses working to get to the top of the hill, and not just to stay there. This led me to explore opportunities working close to startups and eventually to my role with Golden Section. I’m excited to leverage my experiences to support founders in solving problems and seeing around corners on the journey ahead!

What is one thing people should know about you? I love to read. You’ll never catch me without a book nearby. I aim to read 30 books every year and I am always down to talk books. Also, I was the runner up in the 2005 Regina Howell elementary spelling bee.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I care far too much about Texas A&M football.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Investing in others to help them see and become their best.

What are you most passionate about personally? Seeking truth, speaking truth, and showing up my friends and family. I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world and I will never not be working to make sure she knows it.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? A long walk with my wife to a coffee shop on a slow Saturday morning. I’ve had the privilege of living in several places in the US. There are wonders to be found everywhere, but a good walk with a good coffee and great company is a timeless vacation.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Reading