I have “lived life in the trenches”. Literally, because I had to learn how to dig one in Army basic training. Before that, it was learning how to be “street smart” in the projects of western Massachusetts. So that means I have an accent different from Boston. Who can understand those people anyway? And that brings me to this point – creating understanding, playfully. I love to play in life and dance with all our “people-y-ness”. My path had me appreciate life through the eyes of a hard-working single mother, which led to a greater prosperity of leaving the projects and understanding our humanity inside the world of books and community. Wanting to attend university, I took a path to the Army to generate funding. The Army took me to Germany, and I got to discover amazing cultures and personally experience the complexity of being human in multiple human systems. Life and University had me discover philosophy and business and software. I took all that to begin a career in business and then later, software startups and stumbled on leadership and agility. And I mean “stumbled”. At the turn of the millennium (that is fun to write), I co-created and led a software startup and was asked to lead another for a bit and learned what “agility” meant, again, “in the trenches”. I value pragmatism, stoic philosophy and the delightful mystery of being human. During my startup years, I began studying my own leadership and later chose to pivot to consulting on business operations, organization design, agility and leadership. My path, while consulting in the realm of business agility and leadership, then led to training with Organization Relationship Systems Coaching and certifications with Co-Active Coaching and the Leadership Circle Profile. So, since 1990 I have lived, worked, breathed and coached in the “trenches of life” and love the journey. Credentials wise: I have earned: CSM, SPC, ICP-ALP, ICP-TAL, ICAgile Authorized Instructor in Leadership, Co-Active Leadership, Leadership Circle, and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (ACC / PCC) which all adds up to this … I have experienced agility and then got certified, I have experienced leadership and then got certified, I experienced coaching and being coached, and then got certified. These days I coach, mentor and guide enterprise coaches, leaders and leadership teams on their journey of leadership and systems awareness. And I love it.
I am currently Operations Manager of Trans4mation, where my focus is managing all back-end operations - including planning and coordinating events/workshops, facilitating financial reporting, building an online presence for our organization, and most importantly, bringing inspiration and passion to work. My goal is to always bring joy and positivity and to make a difference every day. So often we hear about the bad in the world or focus on negativity, but I believe it is important to remember there is always more good than bad. Focus on making a difference each day, even if for a moment. Tell someone the simple words "You Matter." I love these words by Sue Krebs, "You might be but one drop in a bigger ocean, but even that drop causes ripples which affect every other drop."
I feel lucky to be a part an organization where we help not only other people and systems change, but also internally, within ourselves. Prior to Trans4mation, I was in the wedding industry for 9 years. Although an entirely different realm, I was thrilled to help create and be a part of something so beautiful - love & happiness.
I studied Mass Communications, Public Relations and Business at Virginia Commonwealth University and am proud to be part of the VCU RAM Alumni.
When people plunge into uncharted waters of change it can be the most stressful time of their lives. I know how that feels - I have either jumped into those waters willingly (sometimes blindly) or have been thrown into them, many times throughout my life. Having spent the last 15 years as a consultant to large-scale Agile transformations, and in the prior decade as a leader in telecom, I have experienced first-hand the complexities that challenge leaders to develop and execute relevant vision and strategy. My contribution to transformation is informed by my own personal transformation journey and my work with organizations for nearly 25 years - mentoring and coaching leaders, employees, teams, coaches, students, and my educational studies. Early in my management career, launching new divisions and expanding into new markets, leading acquisitions and mergers and working with culture, I realized that the missing ingredient in people was not a lack of technical skills, it was the need for personal development of interpersonal, social and emotional capabilities. With a passion for people, relationships and growing emerging leaders, and as a leader to my organization, I decided to study executive coaching and critical professional and life competencies - and that was the beginning of my coaching career.
With each "Agile Transformation" I coached or consulted, the desire in me to find a way to challenge the status-quo grew until I made a conscious decision to challenge ourselves as Agile Coaches and Consultancies, to see how we are contributing to the lack of success or real transformational change. It has been a game-changer. We are the key leverage, as instruments of change.
In summary, I have dedicated myself and my life to being an architect of change. I believe that the events and challenges throughout my life prepared me for this work; the ability to work deeply with others comes from my own challenges and self work, which more enabled my ability to more easily see through the eyes of another. My journey has been a journey of self-love, of holding boundaries with myself and others - while harnessing the power of empathy; of expressing my authentic voice and being true to myself - letting go of the belief that I needed to bring more of a masculine essence to my leadership, and embracing the power of my feminine essence. This is what freedom feels like!
My formal credentials include: Certified Professional Integral Coach (ICCP-2), Leadership Circle™ and Leadership System™ Certified Practitioner, ICAgile Certified Enterprise Coaching Expert (ICE-EC), Certified Advanced Conscious Change Consultant - 4Sight program, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), SAFe Agilist (SA), ICAgile Professional, and founder of the Agile Richmond user group. I also studied in the Organizational Behavior program at Ashford University. I am currently the Founder and Managing Member of Trans4mation where my focus is conscious integral leadership development and organizational agility. I am excited to announce my upcoming book Agile Transformation: Using the Integral Agile Transformation Framework to Think and Lead Differently, co-authored with Michael Spayd.