Why I Do What I Do
I lived most of my life afraid. To the outside world I appeared confident and successful. I rocked school and college, had progressively responsible jobs including start-ups and turnarounds, taught grad school, even sang professionally on TV and radio, and in nightclubs when I was a kid.
But, inside, I felt unworthy… and at the mercy of my vicious, unrelenting inner critic.
Then, a series of losses forced me to step up or give up. I stepped up.
I began to notice that as I worked on myself, my ability to help others accelerated and deepened. I also noticed that those leaders who were best at leading change, had worked on changing themselves. And the research confirms that self-transformation is the leader’s greatest tool.
After working 15 years in the for-profit sector managing training and organizational development for companies such as Merrill Lynch and The Vanguard Group and consulting with Fortune 500 companies as a VP with a leadership training company and think tank, I became an “accidental employee” of a national nonprofit.
There I fell in love with nonprofit service.
I became the organizational change and leadership development expert and leadership coach for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ national headquarters that supported 340+ independent nonprofit affiliates throughout the U.S. For nine years I collaborated with national staff, affiliate leaders and thought leaders in the sector to bring about systems-wide change. And I coached and consulted with hundreds of nonprofit leaders.
Nonprofit service reconnected me with my early roots as a social worker in Child Protective Services where I discovered my passion and gift for working with people in groups. I created and led the Philadelphia Department of Human Service’s first child abuse prevention program [Parent Action Network] which, decades later, still provides parents with parent education and peer support throughout the city.
My certifications and training include executive coaching, nonprofit capacity building, nonprofit board development, leadership and management development and in-person and virtual group facilitation.
When I’m Not Working with Clients…
… I’m probably devouring the latest book on self-development or leadership; working out; meditating or doing yoga; cruising Pinterest for eye candy and inspiration; creating with art and words; or in deep conversation with people.
I’d Love to Work with You.
Could you use help accessing your deeper wisdom and gaining clarity? Could you use help engaging the hearts and minds of people?