My Background

I’ve spent the better part of my 30-year career as a marketing, communications, and planning executive helping companies and universities tell their institutional stories of who they are, what they do, how they’re different, and why that matters. Several years ago I began working independently as an executive and leadership coach, supporting individuals who want to develop skills and behaviors that will make their organizations more successful and their own work more fulfilling.

I’ve built and led high-performing teams at organizations as diverse as Sprint, 3Com, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Along the way I’ve been fortunate to have worked with teams of talented, dedicated colleagues who have taught me a lot about how to lead and manage others. Each of the teams I’ve built and the individuals I’ve coached have exceeded performance expectations. Equally important, my colleagues and I felt engaged and inspired by the work we were doing.

16-200-3 Square 2I currently work as an assistant dean of marketing and communications at Northwestern University. I received my MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, with a concentration in marketing, finance, and strategy. I earned my leadership and organizational coaching certification from Northwestern’s Master’s Program in Learning and Organizational Change, where I expanded my study of how adults learn, grow, and develop expertise. I’ve taught graduate and undergraduate-level courses in leadership development, organizational change, and effective team building at both DePaul University and Northwestern University. In addition to my marketing and management background, I have experience leading and facilitating strategic planning processes at each of the organizations for which I’ve worked.

After hours I volunteer with the One Million Degrees program, where I coach and support community college students receiving One Million Degrees scholarships. I sit on the board of the Chasing Hope Foundation, which works to provide supportive housing for children who are suffering from mental illness and are enrolled in local therapeutic day schools. I also serve on the advisory board of id8te, a start-up providing research and education that maps wisdom practices to the real-world transformation of business leadership, innovation, communication, engagement, and productivity.

You can get a more detailed summary of my professional background and experience here or view my LinkedIn profile here.