June 11, 2013
I am a leadership coach with a passion for helping people communicate and understand each other - particularly across cultures. I grew up on a small dairy farm in Vermont (north east US) and our family was a host family to international students. This was my first connection with a wider world than my own and it started me on a path to always be interested in learning more about people around the world.
I have had a very circuitous path in my career, first working in educational exchange programs (the most powerful experiences I had had and I wanted to help others have the same), to leading white water rafting trips, hiking and biking trips in Europe and educational travel trips for non-profits. I came into leadership coaching after business school when I worked at the Institute for Women's Leadership. I worked with a coach as part of the company benefits and I knew that it was what I wanted to do. I hadn't really known the role existed before that.
I then went to a coaching school and started working more with leaders. I had an opportunity to move to India to help leaders there work well with their colleagues in the US and I couldn't pass up the adventure. That role led to many years working in a cross-cultural consulting company helping people communicate better across cultures around the world yet mainly between the US and Asia.
I now have my own business coaching leaders in corporate and non-profit organizations. I love the work that I do and find it so inspiring and humbling to see the way people continue to grow and develop to make a difference in the world.