I help people source from their inner wisdom so they can fulfill their potential as they create, lead, and transform.
I’ve been in the transformation business for over 20 years, and I’ve been honored to help people create amazing things for their lives, organizations, and brands.
Research and Clinical Psychology
As a research and clinical psychologist, I conducted therapy and research, consulted, wrote, and taught. My areas of specialization included trauma & posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, eating disorders, and health psychology (HIV/AIDS, cancer, organ transplant, and cardiac issues).
I co-published book chapters and research articles in peer-reviewed journals, co-wrote funded grant proposals, and presented at academic conferences. I also taught university-level abnormal and developmental psychology and a research methods seminar.
Brand Strategy and Facilitation
After psychology, I spent 10 years as a global brand strategist at Leo Burnett, Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO, and DraftFCB, based in the U.S. and Hong Kong. As a part of some fantastic teams, I created brand positioning, purpose, and vision, as well as new product launches and award-winning advertising campaigns for top brands such as Dove, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Herbal Essences, Vidal Sassoon, Wella, and SKII.
I also facilitated workshops and trainings in 23 cities across four continents. Workshop topics included brand purpose, equity, and activation; creative concepting; new product development and messaging; and other topics. I created the content and delivered agency-wide trainings on brand purpose and agency core philosophy (see more on the Branding and Facilitation pages).
Consulting and Coaching
Since leaving the full-time world of global advertising, I’ve consulted to organizations on leadership, organizational development, program design and training, purpose, and select brand and digital strategy projects. I also lead programs for individuals looking to make transformational life change. I coach high-performing executives and individuals and speak to groups of all sizes.
School of Life and Other Experiences
In addition to earning a Ph.D. and working in different capacities, I’m a lifelong explorer, learner, and adventurer, and I thread learnings from these trainings and experiences into my work. Highlights include:
- The Potential Project corporate-based mindfulness consultant training
- Facilitation course with the Creative Problem Solving Institute
- The Second City yearlong Improv Comedy program
- Coach Training with Martha Beck, Inc.
- Shambhala mindfulness and meditation seminar series
- Andean cosmology and energy medicine apprenticeship with The Four Winds and Andean healers
- Yoga teacher training with Ana Forrest
I have the energy of several people and like to initiate fun of all kinds. I feed my sense of adventure through hiking, biking, cooking, reading, writing, and travel – to nearly 50 countries and counting. I’ve had a long-standing meditation and mindfulness practice that refuels me daily. I laugh a lot – and hope you do, too.
I’m based in Chicago, where I do in-person consulting. I also conduct workshops and retreats in other locations and am available to consult via Skype anywhere in the world.
If you’re ready to start living with more presence, purpose, and wisdom, I’m here to support you. Email me to start the conversation.