Steve Reifenberg

Steve Reifenberg

MARCH 31, 2020

Steve Reifenberg

EDUCATOR

Steve Reifenberg

EDUCATOR

Steve Reifenberg is a professor at the University of Notre Dame. Like millions of students around the world, Steve is figuring out how to live his days online. Despite spending his career teaching at some of the world’s best higher education institutions, Steve has never taught a class in his life online. And now, that is all he is doing.

We talk about the importance of communication in a crisis, the tools Steve is using to be present in his online classes, how  we can deal with uncertainty through the ideas of accompaniment and the Japanese martial art aikido, as well as his message to all parents and students who are worried about how their education and lives will develop during this time of uncertainty.

His work takes place in bars, hotels, and restaurants. A far cry from suits in a boardroom.

I first spoke to Clark via phone on September 9th, 2018. I had slid into the 29-year old’s DM’s a few weeks prior, after discovering his handle (@apartmentbartender) and finding myself – like 60,000 others – captivated by his content. I did not expect a reply. But lone behold, I got a response. Three weeks later, we were our first call. This call marked the first of about 20 calls Clark and I would have over the next 18 months. Long after my interviews were over, we’d often end up talking for hours on end about life, family, brand, and business, much to the distaste of both of our girlfriends.

Luckily, our first call fell on a rare Sunday at home for Clark. The Chicago native – born in Evanston, IL – had recently moved to Denver from Phoenix. But his permanent residence of late had been seat 22A. Clark was spending his day ‘off’ getting ready to spend another month on the road. After a quick stint in Los Angeles, he would be abroad for much of this trip – traveling to Victoria, Belize, Berlin, and Belgium no less – before heading to New York for the book launch of a mutual friend, Jason Feifer, Editor-In-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine. 

I dared to ask then what it was that Clark did every day. Without missing a beat, he responded: “that’s a damn good question, man.” I knew then that I was going to like him. He lived a pretty cool life by anyone’s standards, let alone for somebody who stumbled into the world of entrepreneurship by accident.

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Cornelius McGrath

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