North of Neutral
outside in

Bios are snapshots, and the stories they tell are necessarily incomplete. I see a lot of them, and they often strive to communicate a sense of coherence that falls short of the real thing. This is why I added the “inside out” part to my bio, allowing you to see the story line from the driver’s perspective of the road I traveled - including the twists and detours.

In my late teens, I drove my parents to desperation with a lack of ideas as to what I wanted to do in life. I was all over the place - from travel guide to fashion designer, medical doctor to stewardess. My university career counselor had little advice to offer, so I enrolled in business school. After motoring all the way to my PhD at 27, life threw a wrench into my path, and I had a life-changing accident.

Never before had I experienced such a sense of doom - of realizing the finite aspect of our existence and the urge to add meaning to my life. With support of my doctors, family, and friends, I overcame this crisis - and I was determined to change direction. I considered taking some time off to travel the world or plunging into studying medicine.

But instead of following what my intuition told me, I entered the more predictable world of corporate human resources. There were definite perks - who could refuse living in Paris and driving across the Champs-Elysees every morning to work?

But there were also low points - I found myself being steered by corporate constraints rather than personal passion…. Then another opportunity presented itself in the form of motherhood. My husband and I became the parents of a beautiful girl with a shock full of curls. We moved to the Midwest, and into a somewhat more traditional, but temporary, family arrangement where I focused on family, and worked from home, while he was the main breadwinner.

I ultimately took a position at the local university where I worked with senior faculty members on ways to attract top talent to their programs. In this role, I found myself increasingly responsible for the creative projects, spanning web recruiting, copy writing, and even small movie projects. Some of this was fun. Yet something was amiss.

After some reflection and no answers, I decided to work with an executive coach. For six months we teamed up to explore my “self” - my passions, values, talents, knowledge and skills - and from there we developed a number of options. My coach empowered me to seek out and “own” my options. So I struck out to research different career avenues, which also frequently involved leaving my comfort zone. Sometimes, it meant total chaos. But it all came together when I saw that the process I had just completed was one that I wanted to help others manage. I moved to New York City with my family and launched my own coaching business, focusing on personal leadership and positive change.

In my role as a coach, I feel very privileged. I find myself in a state of “flow” when I work with my clients. I am fully focused on our conversation and enjoy the challenge of working with them, including most particularly the process of asking questions to unleash a person’s self-discovery. I love learning, and I am constantly enrolled in continuing education programs, attending conferences and seminars on positive psychology, and working with my own personal coach.

My spare time is largely filled with family and friends. When I do have a few moments to myself, I like to dive into a good book or experience the soft feeling of touching the nose of Maximillian, a freckled Appaloosa.