"I thank Rich, Yvonne, the Board of Directors and everyone at Challenge Day for the millions of lives you have touched. I'm honored to be a part of this council.”
Mike Assum is Co-Founder of Compassion Happens and serves as their Consultant. Mr. Assum also serves as the Strategic Consultant of MediaOne Services, LLC. He served as an Officer in the US Navy Nuclear Submarine Program. He has been Consultant to numerous Fortune 100 companies and organizations for 28 years including companies such as Procter & Gamble, McGraw-Hill, Pacific Telesis, Tektronix, Exxon, Northern Telecom and numerous others. Mr. Assum has built a career focusing on improving the quality of thinking and performance.
He is a successful entrepreneur and businessman with a strong background in startups, mergers and acquisitions, organizational development, continuous improvement, rapid sustained growth, and improved competitive effectiveness. Mr. Assum has served on the Board of Directors of five different companies, and taught graduate courses in Management of Productive Operations. He holds an undergraduate degree focus in Math and Physics, with additional graduate education in nuclear engineering, organization development, and business.
He has a passion for service and giving back. Mike served as the President of Boys & Girls Club of Monterey from 1996 to 1998. He was also an active Board Member for Boys and Girls Club of the Gila Valley, Our Neighbors Pantry, Our Neighbors Farm, Center for Healing by Design, Grades of Green and many others.
After Mike attended his first Challenge Day in 2000, he was moved to tears and realized that Challenge Day offers a unique possibility to every person that attends – to see and experience themselves and others in a different light – one where we are all connected in a deep, meaningful way. He believes that we can get to true compassion, love and service and serve a purpose larger than ourselves. With his passion, Mike served as Founding President of Challenge Day from 2001 to 2002 and continues to be an enthusiastic champion of the work of Challenge Day as he travels around the world.
If you really knew me, you would know…
- The most profound moments of my were holding my two daughters at birth – crying tears of joy and realizing what I was holding was pure potential. I couldn't be prouder of them as major contributors to our society with their work with youth including their own children.
- I’m grateful to Challenge Day for the millions of lives that have been touched by this work.