I pursued a hard-charging, fast-paced career in the technology industry where I held positions of increased responsibility in marketing, sales, development, project management and customer service. After working sixteen years for IBM and earning an executive MBA at Duke University, I decided to change paths and help troubled companies gain stability and experience growth. For the next thirteen years, I worked steadfast to help return small private and public companies to profitability and growth. The last company which I helped turnaround was successfully sold in 2012. The transaction was positive, a testament to the hard work of the entire team, and seemed like a “win-win” for me.
But not long after the company was sold, the changes in leadership approach coupled with the company’s lack of alignment to my personal value system took its toll. It was time for a change. I knew I had to step away in order to reaffirm why I chose a career in business, reconnect to the leader within and find the interconnectedness I had lost with those around me and the world in which I live.
I did just that and gained back my identity, energy, spirit and drive while uncovering a calling for helping establish new ways for leadership in businesses today and guiding organizations to the possibilities with dynamic and creative leadership teams. Now as a professional coach, I use this calling to help develop more inspired and engaged leaders and resolve leadership and team challenges in order to achieve business results. It’s now my life’s mission to help people lean into leadership and life with more vitality, authenticity and tranquility.
My work is driven by my belief in a multi-dimensional leadership model, not built upon role or title but upon leading with connectedness and ownership at all levels of the organization. I believe that business results are more easily realized with creativity and synergy that comes from working in partnership with others and leveraging the resources others bring to the organization. Over the years, I have come to understand from first-hand experience that the each person matters and the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.
When I am not coaching, facilitating or speaking, I can be found teaching and practicing yoga, lacing up my sneakers for walks and hikes, reading to an inner city kindergarten class, or working on a Habitat for Humanity build.