“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
In my experience as a scholar, consultant, mentor and coach, I’ve discovered one trait that most exceptional people have in common: tenacity. They have the courage to face their fears, let down their guard and truly connect with the people around them—even under challenging circumstances—and they always strive to put their talents and strength of character into the service of something bigger than themselves.
In my own life and professional practice, I try to inhabit this idea of tenacity by being what I call audaciously authentic and authentically audacious. This mindset is the animating spirit behind every client engagement, public talk, seminar and university lecture I undertake.
Working through mentoring relationships, diversity frameworks and inclusion conversations and actions, my practice of engagement—whether through teaching or consulting—aims to help people embrace the benefits of fostering a culture in which all people feel included, connected and invested. Time and time again, leaders in the organizations with which I partner see a connection between deepening their investment in their talent and enhanced organizational outcomes.
You’ll find detailed information on this site about specific services I offer, but in simple terms I like to think about what I do as providing a forum—as well as offering practical tools—to start conversations for and about mentoring, leadership, diversity and inclusion. In today’s world, I see these conversations as critical for individuals, managers and executives alike who want to achieve their innate potential, expand business opportunities and lead their organizations to success.
In the spirit of building connections and getting to know each other, here are a few things I’d like to tell you about myself:
- I’m a seasoned scholar-practitioner, by which I mean I utilize my extensive training, education, knowledge and experience as both a teacher and lifelong learner to apply theories, concepts and practices to solve real-life organizational problems and to create exciting opportunities for individuals and teams.
- I have a unique ability to help my clients become comfortable with subjects with which they may initially feel uncomfortable, because it’s here that we often must do our most important work.
- I’m happiest when I’m working with leaders, groups, teams and organizations to put their strengths into the service of a common vision.
- I also work with leaders, groups, teams and organizations to help them support, encourage, challenge and learn from their most powerful resource: their people.
- You can read more about me in my bio, but here’s a summary of my credentials: I am the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair of Women and Leadership at the Simmons College School of Management and a Senior Affiliate at the Center for Gender in Organizations. I received my MA and PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan and my BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland.