Keith A. Miller is a life coach, author, consultant, and retired senior executive of a multi-billion dollar organization. His professional experience is broad and deep with expertise in Executive Coaching, Marketing, Procurement, Product Development, Business Turnaround, Merger and Acquisitions, Enterprise Risk Management, Operations, Business Continuity, Strategy, Negotiations, Project Management, Change Management, Leadership and Team Building.
Transitioning from nearly four decades in the professional sphere, Keith has channeled his passion for leading and developing people to mentorship on a much broader scale with his first book, Wide-Eyed Wisdom. His desire is to share decades of wisdom gained personally and professionally with younger generations, so that they can chart a purposeful and prosperous future with the benefit of hindsight.
A Message from Keith
I feel called to mentor our youth. Most of today’s young people come from two-income families. Parents are so busy juggling work, careers, kids schooling and activities, there is little energy and time left to devote to future-forward conversations and so many of our young people are left with limited clues of how to make the transition from adolescence to adulthood. I want to help fill in the blanks that today’s parents just don’t have the time for or haven’t quite figured out yet themselves.
The good news is that I know first-hand that adversity can be used as a catalyst to gain knowledge and understanding, if you know what you want, have the desire, commitment, and self-discipline to succeed.
A product of depression era parents, I grew up one of the many “poor kids” – the seventh of eight children from a small farming town in central California. Neither parent finished high school. Just as I turned 13, our family was rocked when my dad left. Our mom, now a single parent with five kids still at home, had to raise the kids and support the household. All five of us kids pitched in and did our part by working odd jobs which helped keep the household running. Our family worked together to take care of ourselves with no financial support from either our father or social assistance programs.
Fortunately, as a teenager, I made the decision to follow a path that would put my future family in a better position and hopefully set-up future generations for successful lives.
While in high school, I worked 41 hours a week at a local grocery store, took a full class load and competed each spring on the Varsity golf team. The busy schedule continued as I entered a local community college, by this time I added a relationship with Cindy (now my wife of 40 years). I was still working full-time, with a full class load and traveling two days a week during the spring to play competitive golf. An honor student at community college, after two years I transferred to California State University, Fresno. No longer playing competitive golf, I added a two-hour daily commute five days per week, and still had the full-time work, relationship and eventually graduated summa cum laude.
Without our dad, and lacking an alternate mentor figure, each of my siblings and I had to figure out how to navigate the world at an early age, pretty much on our own…and it took time…decades! But after years of hard-work, perseverance, missteps and successes, I have learned an incredible number of lessons – wisdom I wish I had earned at an earlier age. It would have greatly impacted the choices I made with my life and career, and would have benefited me as I learned to navigate the “adult world” and all of the decisions that come with it.
Teresa Miller-Weston is an author and proud Oregon State University grad. Having graduated summa cum laude and Management Student of the Year, her critical attention to detail has led to success in corporate communications strategy, marketing, data analysis, project management, event management, and design. Whether personally or professionally, she is driven to continuously improve, loves a challenge and the opportunity to learn and problem solve by imagining and creating unique solutions.
A Message from Teresa
When my dad first approached me with this project, I was immediately intrigued. I have wanted to work with him for years and was excited to collaborate on such a powerful tool to pass down to future generations. As a young mom with three kids, I'm not only interested in the success of my own generation, but also those just starting out. Despite the amazing opportunities in this world, I still see huge populations struggling with the most basic foundational life skills - like lacking personal finance knowledge and struggling with mounting debt, or poor secondary education choices that don't lead to life-sustaining careers, even as basic as working for decades at a job that drains life and joy. I want more than that for my kids, and I want more than that for you and your family.
I believe that we are each responsible for our own life - and while we often cannot change circumstances, we CAN change how we react, the choices that we make, and how we invest ourselves. I am so proud of the impactful message we have put together and am passionate about sharing with all who are willing to spend a few hours to make smart, impactful choices for the rest of their lives.