1. Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m an executive coach, published author, speaker, Forbes contributing writer, podcast host, and former corporate CEO, and I’m passionate about helping you step into your power and take charge of your career.
Though my career path looks like a steady climb up the ladder to the C-suite, that’s not been the case. I’ve faced lots of challenges every step of the way from starting at an entry-level when I was divorced with two young children, to running a national company and starting my own business in 2007. At times, the obstacles were overwhelming. I pulled back and played small until I realized that my fears were undermining my best efforts to get ahead. I learned that playing small wasn’t the answer.
I’ve also learned this: it’s not easy for a woman to be successful. It wasn’t easy when I started my career over 20 years ago and it’s not now though some of the dynamics have changed. We’re often balancing a career and family. We face overt and subtle gender bias. And our own inner dialogue creates conflict around how do I create visibility for myself when I know it’s important but I don’t feel comfortable doing it? How do I advocate for myself or become politically savvy when I just want people to like me?
There’s no cookie-cutter solution or program to guarantee your success, because you’re unique in the value you offer, the limiting beliefs that hold you back, as well as the obstacles you face at work each day. My customized approach to coaching is designed to help you thrive in your career and support your ambition and talent.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
Right out of grad school, my first job was teaching. But when I got a divorce and had two young children to support, I needed to find a better paying job. I answered an ad in the local paper for a medical secretary and they told me I was overqualified but then called me a couple of weeks later to ask me if I was interested in a position running a cardiac rehab center they were opening with a management company and 30 doctors. I jumped at the chance.
I had no business experience at the time but let them know the value I could offer and how I could help them reach their objectives. I got the job! They taught me the business and after a year and a half, I was running 11 centers for them up and down the east coast. That was the start of a very successful career in business.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
I have enjoyed many high-level positions in sales and management. After 20 years, I wanted to take my career in a new direction. I wanted more flexibility and opportunity for creativity, and I wanted more control over my career. In 2006, I made the decision to leave my corporate job as VP of Sales for a national healthcare organization and get certified as a coach. I completed the 9-month coaching certification program and started my own business in 2007.
My mission has always been to work with professional women and help them advance their careers by learning to advocate for themselves, create credibility and visibility, and navigate the complexities of the workplace successfully.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
Understand your unique value. This is critical to understand how to advocate for yourself with integrity and authenticity.
Don’t be afraid of owning your power and ambition.
Be strategic about your career. Put a plan in place to reach your goals.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
My first book, The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead, based on my coaching process, was a bestseller and important guide for women to get the promotions they deserve. The audiobook will be released in September 2020.
I just finished writing my second book, Not Done Yet! How Women Over 50 Regain Their Confidence and Claim Their Workplace Power, will be published in March 2021.
In five years, I hope to continue speaking, writing, coaching and enjoying my life to the fullest!
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