So, why should you pay attention to me?

I could give you the usual sort of backstory about how I spent twentysomething years working in tech and finance companies, sixteen of them in leadership. I experienced it all – technology change, culture change, corporate mergers, and more.

All true. But, well, yawn.

Because there are a gazillion consultants out there who say pretty much the same thing. Not very inspiring, eh?

So – why me, and why change leadership?

I believe that change leadership – understanding the people side of change – is a real and significant competitive advantage – in fact, that it’s a requirement for sustainable success in today’s world of constant upheaval.

I believe that change leadership is key to healthy organizations with strong, supportive cultures.

I believe that change leadership is the antidote to change fatigue and burnout.

I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. I’ve seen the best-planned changes falter because no one understood the ways the change impacted the people involved. I’ve studied change, change models, and a host of related (and apparently unrelated!) topics to develop my approach – and it works.

Companies typically excel at strategic planning, task management, and resource allocation. But the human factor is often overlooked, and it takes a different skillset to address the people issues that arise.

Grace peeking through the gap in a very large geode slice.That’s where I can help.

And I do it with a sense of humor. Because if you can’t have fun, if you can’t be a little silly sometimes, what’s the point? Leadership is serious stuff, and a little playfulness goes a long way to build trust, enhance learning, and just make everything more pleasant.

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I work with small and medium-sized companies…

…who want easier, smoother, better change implementations. Companies whose leadership understands the value of their people, and who want a humane, supportive, meaningful workplace.

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
  • Graduate of the SCPI mediation program from 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
  • Fully-certified Realization Process teacher (meditation, subtle self-work, and embodiment)
  • BA with Honors, Writing (Ancient History minor), Bard College, New York
  • Association for Talent Development, San Diego: past Board member; past Chapter President
  • Past 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)

Odd facts about me

  • 2002 Fastest Knitter in America; appeared on Good Morning America to compete for the World Title. (yes, really!) Lost by three stitches in three minutes. Sigh.
  • Certified (certifiable?) cat person who once (unintentionally) had ten cats (yes, it was very furry).
  • Clan Leslie Society International: lineal (direct descent) member.
  • Someone who routinely saves earthworms off rainy pavements. Turns out the best tool for picking up the squirmy, slimy little things is a golf tee. Who knew?