When not enjoying the great outdoors with his family, friends and dog, Bruna, Larry Gioia is busy serving as senior director for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Industries technology consulting practice. Helping and inspiring others is in Larry’s DNA: he is founder of Dynamic Paddlers—a kayaking school specializing in adaptive kayak instruction for people with disabilities—co-founder of the Pittsburgh Adaptive Sports Network and recently helped launch the Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative. Keep up with Larry this week—if you can—here in NEXT Up.

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Larry Gioia paddling on Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park.

Monday, December 19

My typical Monday mornings start with an early flight out of Pittsburgh to visit clients in St. Louis, Chicago and Indianapolis. Given the holiday, I will be staying (relatively) stationary this week through the first of the year!

On Mondays you can find me at the weekly Unstuck meeting held at Repair the World. 7:55 a.m.—don’t be late! After 60 minutes of thought-provoking discussion with Pittsburgh doers, makers and thinkers, I’m headed over to Zeke’s Coffee to meet with my good friend and mentor, Don Drolet. Don and I are collaborating on an article for Paddle Magazinewhere we will be sharing our experiences with adaptive paddling and the benefits of kayaking for people with disabilities.

The balance of the day is chock-full of client and team meetings that I will take from my home office in Shadyside.

In the evening, I am attending a panel discussion and networking event at Innovation Works. I am looking forward hearing from local experts on the future of biotechnology, robotics and healthcare in Pittsburgh.

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Larry Gioia, Elaine Houston and Oak III prepare to head out for an afternoon of kayaking at North Park. Photo: Maria Gioia.

Tuesday, December 20

The weather is just too cold for my liking to get outside for a bike ride, so it’s an early morning wake-up for 45 minutes of spin at LA Fitness. I’ll swing by Adda Coffee & Tea House on my way home to fuel up for a two-hour account planning session that starts at 8 a.m.

The rest of the day is heads-down working on client work and finishing up the materials for a talk I am giving on agile in the enterprise at the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference taking place in February in Orlando.

In the evening, I plan to meet up with Jason Miller (founder of Active Pittsburgh), Aaron Watson (podcast host of Going Deep with Aaron) and Ian Neumaier (founder of Find Some Flow) at The Church Brew Works. Affectionately referred to as ‘The Meeting of the Minds,’ this group gathers regularly to share our latest projects, dream up new business ideas, and help each other connect the dots in the community. ABCD: Always Be Connecting the Dots!

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Larry and his wife, Maria, snag a picture from the trail while out for a hike.

Wednesday, December 21

Another early start, this time it’s a 6 a.m. conference call with Outward Bound Hong Kong. In April, I am headed to Hong Kong, on behalf of Dynamic Paddlers, to lead a team of Outward Bound staff through two adaptive paddling workshops. This is an exciting opportunity, as it’s the first time such a program has ever been held in this region of the world!

Heading into the office downtown for the day.

In the evening, my wife Maria and I are headed to Hidden Harbor with some friends to imbibe in “Weird Science Wednesday.” It’s hard to pass up ‘‘quirky, science-forward, reinterpretations of classical tropical drinks” when it’s a pleasant 20 degrees outside!

Thursday, December 22

The last day before an extended holiday break is always hectic. I suspect there to be some last minute Christmas shopping, so I’ll be strategically posting up at the Coffee Tree on Walnut Street to take my last few conference calls of 2016.

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Ian Neumaier, Larry Gioia, Aaron Watson and Jason Miller at Franktuary.

In the afternoon, I plan to swing over to see the crew at StudioMe to get a tour of their space and explore some ideas I have for a few promotional videos for the Pittsburgh Adaptive Sports Network.

Date night! Maria and I have been wanting to make it back to Umami in Lawrenceville, but we recently learned of a small authentic Italian restaurant, Cucina Vitale, in the South Side. Sushi and sake will have to wait—we’re going back to our roots tonight!

Friday, December 23

In an effort to work off Thursday’s dinner and to get ahead of the holiday weekend, I’ll start the day at the gym.

In the afternoon, I am grabbing lunch with Rasu Shrestha of UPMC Enterprises at Asiatique Thai Bistro. It’s been a while since Rasu and I have caught up—he’s always good for a great conversation on the future of health care and technology disruption.

A relaxing evening at home with Maria, our dog Bruna, a movie, and a fire.

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Larry, his brother Todd, his nephew Nate, and Rex Tillerson at the 65th Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. Photo: Jennifer Fuller.

Saturday, December 24

In the morning, Maria and I will get out for a hike at Harrison Hills Park. Just 20 minutes from the city, this is a pet-friendly park, with well-maintained trails and spectacular views overlooking the Allegheny River.

The afternoon is a day of giving and supporting our neighbors through our efforts with the Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative. PKI is a grassroots movement that aims to make the city, and the world, a better place through simple acts of kindness. We’ll see where the day takes us, as a group of us will be canvassing the city and surprising fellow Pittsburghers with KindCards! #BeKindPGH

Sunday, December 25th

Merry Christmas! Nothing is better than a day of family, relaxing, eating, heated games of Euchre, and “Ralphie” marathons.

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