When I was a kid and thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, all I knew was I wanted to have fun, make a difference and leave my mark on the world. I was naturally drawn to things that let me be creative like making music and planning events (ahem…parties…), and I loved making people happy because when they felt good, I felt amazing.
Fast forward 25 years to the senior leadership team of a credit union where I led corporate affairs and governance for the organization. Let’s just say creative license wasn’t part of the job description. And laughter when working with the financial regulator doesn’t typically happen.
I will never forget the day I looked around and wondered “Is this for real?!” Not in a pinch-me kind of way, but more like the quick slap across the face you see in movies when someone is trying to break through another’s hysteria.
The irony here is that I had worked HARD to get there, thinking that when I finally had a seat at the top table, everything I had sacrificed while I climbed the corporate ladder would be worth it.
The job wasn’t meeting me where I wanted to be. I had lost my creative edge and struggled when trying to advocate for myself. As a communications professional, it’s quite something to suddenly be unable to speak up for yourself. I felt like I’d lost myself and my spark.
My well-being was in the tank and my confidence was shot. My self-respect was questionable and my happy disposition was long gone. In all my effort and enthusiasm to climb higher up the corporate ladder, I had left my true self on the bottom rung looking up at someone I didn’t recognize anymore.
I needed to get back to myself and find the person I enjoyed being. I wanted to laugh again. I wanted to be creative. I wanted to be able to express myself effectively. I wanted a career that let me be the best version of myself that I can be.
Now, I want the same for you.
Creativity and communication are two things I am passionate about. Part of it is simply because I enjoy working in this space, but the other part stems from the realization that feeling stifled or silenced is exhausting, and sometimes, completely debilitating. Feeling like what you have to say or offer isn’t of value will stop you dead in your tracks and prevent you from following through on your ideas or pursuing your dreams. It also drives a pretty deep wedge in the likelihood you’ll enjoy what you’re doing. This, in a word, sucks.
My drive comes from wanting to help people enjoy their careers. The reality is you need money to live and to make money, you need a job.
You don’t have to sacrifice your wellbeing to make a living.
In all honesty, if you are, I’d ask you to seriously consider what kind of life you are leading. It is possible to enjoy what you do, feel good about where you work, and make money all at the same time.
I’ve built my business model on helping people access the creative and expressive parts of themselves to improve their careers, and by extension, their lives.
My formal qualifications and all that jazz:
For 25 years, led PR and Communications for non-profit organizations, the entertainment and events industry, government agencies, and for-profit businesses.
I am a certified event producer with a music degree and an MBA from top business schools in the US & Canada.
I hold several coaching certifications, including Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and am an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.
Degrees + Certifications
- Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coaching Federation
- Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
- Birkman Certified Professional (BCP)
- Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP)
- COR.E Leadership Dynamics Specialist (CLDS)
- Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Cornell University
- Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Queen’s University
- Bachelor of Music, Carleton University
- Certified Special Event Professional
Why are you the right fit for me and my business?
I’m a creative woman with business expertise.
I’m an entrepreneur and business owner who is highly creative yet ironically logical and process-driven.
I deeply value knowledge and information AND find inspiration through ingenuity and the messiness of forging your own path.
I am a natural communicator.
I love people, especially helping them and watching them thrive.