I have a vision of a world in which people talk about what matters
Because they do, their businesses, careers, and lives flourish.
Their professional and personal relationships thrive.
They get what they want.
And they make a difference in the world.
The art and science of communication
I’ve been studying communication and human interaction for as long as I can remember – and probably longer: there are family stories of toddler-me intervening in family disagreements.
My knowledge and experience span the end-to-end trajectory of communication: the science and the spirit, the head and the heart. I take myself and my clients beyond the intellectual understanding of “best practices” and into the felt experience of what it means to have a real conversation, create real connection, and get real results.
Throughout my 25 years in corporate America, including 16 years in executive leadership at global companies such as Munich Re and EMC Document Sciences, I was the strategic communicator who unified teams and created positive, lasting change.
I left the corporate world to strike out on my own in 2005. I felt challenged by the limitations of being an internal employee within large organizations, and I was yearning for a way to make a more personally-satisfying, meaningful impact.
With my external viewpoint, experience, and skills, I see the unhelpful patterns of communication, behavior, and workflow that disconnect individuals, teams, and organizations from their true purpose and vision.
Together, we identify and solve the real problems, individually and as teams and leaders.
We create shared meaning around crucial aspects of values, vision, and mission, building a solid foundation for a healthy, vibrant organizational culture.
Then we can plan for and achieve meaningful strategic change – change that challenges without overwhelming; change that’s fully aligned with the vision, mission, and values of the organization and the individual.
The organization begins to fall into a new, flowing pattern of sustainable, meaningful growth, success, and profitability. The individual leader or executive builds satisfying, collaborative, mutually beneficial relationships.
And I sometimes have to restrain myself from spontaneous happy-dancing as I watch the unfolding!
Contact me and we’ll schedule a time to talk about how I can help.
Education, training, certifications, memberships, affiliations …
For more on my professional background, please see my LinkedIn profile.
- 25 years in the corporate world, including:
- Director and senior-staff executive at EMC Document Sciences; led the Professional Services and Knowledge Management departments, marketing, selling, and managing six- and seven-figure client projects
- Director and corporate officer at Munich Re America
- External Knowledge Management consultant for Hewlett-Packard, coordinating global KM process initiatives
- Student at the Center for Understanding in Conflict, New York and California
- Foundations of Communities of Practice Graduate Seminar, CPSquare
- Certified Print® Coach
- Coaching Mastery™ Program, Coachville
- BA with Honors, Writing (Ancient History minor), Bard College, New York
- Association for Talent Development (formerly the American Society for Training & Development), San Diego – member, volunteer, and Board member; 2013 Chapter President
- Instructor, University of Arkansas Global Campus, Rogers, Arkansas
- Past Instructor, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Extension, Career & Life Stages Seminars; Mira Costa Community College Outreach Program
- Author of The Five Deadly Shoulds of Office Politics (available on Amazon).
- 2002 Fastest Knitter in America; appeared on Good Morning America to compete for the World Title.