Will was born and raised in Chicago, but has been a Kansas resident for the better part of the last five years. He studied Finance and Economics at Kansas State University and came to TLI because he believed that the opportunity to lend a small hand in developing the crops that will someday feed his children was too great to pass up. He finds daily inspiration from being able to work so closely with TLI’s science staff and says, “The brilliancy among the group is astounding, and being around so many people who are devoting their working lives to changing the way the world grows its food is contagiously empowering.”
What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?
I recently had the pleasure of bagging freshly milled Kernza® flour for some Friends of The Land. It felt good to roll up the sleeves on my button down.
What TLI perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
Kernza® soft pretzels are something I frequently daydream about.
What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
Although they happen infrequently, I have developed a love for long distance backpacking trips. The quiet, nature-dependent, minimalist lifestyle you must adopt to embark on such a journey is refreshing.
What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would become religious overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead the stars come out every night, and we watch television.” – Paul Hawken
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