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?

I have a unique perspective on the interaction of people, systems, culture, and transitions because I have a different brain.

It starts with an in-built natural understanding of people, which I’ve honed over years of study and practice.

And I see patterns and think in systems (I did say “different brain”!), so I know how to adapt those systems to create ease and reduce stress.

That lifelong study of people and their motivations means I know how to support teams through the challenges and uncertainties of change.

And I’ve developed a process for teaching the nuances of change, how to understand people’s reactions and resistance (which often isn’t actually resistance!), and how to help leaders develop resilience in themselves and their teams.

I’ve collaborated with skeptical executives, guiding them into willing participation in projects that yielded outstanding results. Hundreds of people, leaders and individuals, have benefited from my change leadership guidance.

It’s about people and culture

All change is cultural change, because all change requires people to do things differently than they did before.

Companies 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.

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.

Don’t let people issues derail your change initiative!

Blaming “stubborn resistance” or “emotional reactions” doesn’t solve the real challenges.

When you address the human element, you create a better experience for everyone involved – including your bottom line.

Want to learn more? Click here and we’ll talk. Or click here to read about my training options, or here to read about consulting services..

I work with small and medium-sized companies who want easier, smoother, better change implementations.

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
  • Association for Talent Development, Northwest Arkansas: member and speaker
  • 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).
  • Clan Leslie Society International: lineal (direct descent) member.

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 cat person who once (unintentionally) had ten cats (yes, it was very furry).
  • 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?