A Bit About Me
I am an internationally sought after thought leader operating at the nexus of business and psychology. My focus is on defining and executing effective people strategies, particularly in the areas of employee engagement, high-performance leadership, and organizational culture change.
I have been transforming organizations, teams and careers of talented and ambitious professionals, entrepreneurs, leaders, changemakers and executives for over 20 years in over 40 countries in the biotech, pharmaceutical, technology, service, consulting and non-profit industries. My own career included a five-year executive expatriate assignment in Switzerland leading the Learning and Organizational Development Organization for Roche-Genentech’s largest division supporting 15,000 employees worldwide. I am also a coach for students at two prestigious universities--Stanford in Palo Alto, California and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
My unique combination of pragmatic business experience and extensive behavioral knowledge allows me to help leaders and teams meet the most pressing business challenges without losing sight of their most important opportunity: their people. I have been a coach and strategic advisor to executives at the helm of mergers, acquisitions, leadership transitions, and people strategy revisions. I routinely consult internationally and have extensive experience in industries as diverse as academia, biotech, pharmaceuticals, service and technology, health care, food and dairy, government, internet, consulting, education, and non-profit. My client list includes Roche, Amazon, BCG, Volkswagen, Novartis, HP, and Nestlé, among many other multinational firms.
I am also a recovering workaholic and action junky that left a $1,000,000/year executive role in Biotech to give myself a genuine shot at doing work in the world that mattered most to my heart and do that work without sacrificing the whole of my life. Today I run my own global coaching and consulting practice out of California. I spend 25% of my time working with non-profits and topics related to women and leadership.
What drives me above all is the opportunity to reduce human and organizational suffering and equip people from all walks of life, to live with more purpose, grace, and joy.
Education, Certifications & Faculty Roles
MS Degree, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Professional Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
Deep knowledge of the Enneagram and application in individual and team development
Extensive expertise in team and interpersonal dynamics
Small Group Facilitator, Stanford University Women in Management MBA Program
High Performance Leadership Coach (#1 ranked executive program worldwide by the Financial Times), International Management Development (IMD) Executive Education
Immunity to Change Facilitator, Minds at Work
360 Degree Feedback Facilitator, Center for Creative Leadership
Change Management: Connor Partners, Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey
Greenbelt (Lean 6 Sigma) Trained, Anderson Consulting Group
Academia, Biotech, Pharmaceuticals, Service and Technology, Health Care, Food and Dairy, Government, Internet, Consulting, Education, and Non-profit.
Specialties & Affiliations
Executive and Life Coaching, Team Development and Group Facilitation
Executive and Leadership Development Program Design
Large-scale Leadership Event Design and Program Management ( facilitation as needed)
Leadership and Team Retreats, Workshop Design and Facilitation
Merger & Acquisition Integration Activities, Transformational Change, Organizational Effectiveness Analysis and Design, Strategic Planning and Communications Consulting
High Potential Rotation Programs, Employee Engagement, Staffing and On-boarding
Stanford University Graduate School of Business (GSB), Small Group Facilitator for Women in Management Program
WisdomWomen Founding Member
Emerging Women, Power Circle Facilitator
Fourthwave Advisor and Coach: Catalyzing the development of best-in-class women-led technology companies in the Sacramento region
Women’s Empowerment Volunteer: Educates and empowers women in the Sacramento region, who are homeless, with the skills and confidence necessary to secure a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children.
WINGs for Growth Advisor: Transforming Aspiring Young Women into the Leaders of the Future
International Coaching Federation, Sacramento Chapter
Sacramento Waldorf School, Board Coach and Facilitator
Speaking Engagements for national and international organizations such as Pharma HR Forum, Process Excellence Network, ASTD, Provant, and National Association of Colleges and Employers
Child Abuse Resolved Through Education, Advisory Board Member and Volunteer, 1989–Present
Crossroads International Church of Basel, Pastor and Elder Board Coach and Facilitator, 2010 to 2014
Travel is my other passion
Travel Moments with Kids
My family and I are fueled by our passion for travel, which includes 47+ countries and counting. Inspired by these experiences, I have a blog on these experiences that can be found at www.travelmomentswithkids.com.
I hope my blog and related social media communities can expand some of the limiting paradigms that keep parents from traveling with kids—encouraging more families to travel, explore and connect by seeing the world together and sharing experiences that inspire one another from the inside out