Speaker & &Facilitator
I’ve delivered hundreds of speeches and facilitated training programs to executive audiences around the world, including Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Frankfurt, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, Phoenix, St. Louis, New York City.
One thing I thought I’d never do is write a book. But it was time to erase one more old boundary and reinvent myself. My first book, Blind Curves, is published with more on the way. I also write articles and a blog.
I once coached executives and ran training programs as VP of Organizational Development for Citigroup. But for the last 20 years I’ve been my own boss, launching several successful businesses. I’ve facilitated training on creativity, problem solving, and leadership for Fortune 500 clients; created video-biographies of people’s life stories; and now I’m a writer, speaker, and facilitator/coach.
Like many baby boomers, I’ve experienced many common roles—single, student, married, divorced, career woman, mom—and ultimately faced the void when those roles ended or changed. Once again, I’m a caterpillar spinning her cocoon for yet another reincarnation filled with different roles, opportunities, discoveries and passions.
For twenty years, I pedaled 80+ miles on a bicycle weekly. But as a widow I became frustrated by a stalled life, I signed up for a 2,500-mile motorcycle ride down America’s Pacific-Northwest coast. With less than 30 days to learn, I took a Harley Learn-to-Ride course. I survived the trip. Proving I could do something difficult gave me the fuel I needed to rebuild my life. Now on beautiful days which bike do I ride?
Breast Cancer Survivor
After losing my husband to mesothelioma cancer, I learned how precious life is and how every day is a gift. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I began my own journey and this unexpected detour has made me even more excited about living and assisting others. A portion of my revenues go to others diagnosed with cancer.
I’m used to difficult career challenges, but my recreational sports were tame until I tried downhill skiing at age 57. At the top of the slopes I was terrified; at the bottom, I was exhilarated. Since then I’ve checked off motorcycling, scuba diving, and trapeze flying. With these new activities I’ve experienced the grandeur of snow-curtained mountains, the vibrant pulse of our oceans, and the freedom of soaring—if only for a moment—through the sky.