Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I am the founder and leader of a global movement titled, The Sister Accord. I am on a mission to have 1 billion girls and women learn the skills necessary to LOVE themselves so that they can extend that LOVE to each other. I am the CEO of The Sister Accord LLC dba The Accord Group LLC & The Sister Accord Foundation. As part of my partnership with Disney, I created a program for women (and men) called Dreamwalking®, that helps individuals take their Dreams from their HEART, to their HEAD, to their HANDS, and to their FEET, where they are walking in their purpose and Designing Their Destiny!
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
In order to effectively coach and design programs that minister to the ‘heart,’ you have to deeply care about people and have a sense of humility and passion for serving.
How would you define your personal mission?
My personal mission is to ‘Unite The World On One Accord.’ It is my belief that now, more than ever, we must focus on using our talents and gifts to make the world a better place for our children’s children. I am determined to leverage my passion and purpose to help give people hope that their futures can be bright despite what they may be experiencing currently.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
I was blessed to have the opportunity to work in Corporate America for over 20 years for some of the most amazing global companies: Ford Motor Company, The Gillette Company and Procter & Gamble. I managed nearly $20 billion over the span of my career. As a result, I had many awesome opportunities to make a difference. Probably one of my most proud moments was starting a women’s group at Ford Motor Company (Sisters Who Are Buying) at a time when resource groups were not popular as they are today. I often reflect that I was operating in the principles of The Sister Accord before I had actually named it. I wanted to see women come together in the workplace and support each other instead of believing that they had to take each other out in order to win. As an entrepreneur, having The Sister A.C.C.O.R.D. Leadership Development curriculum integrated, across The Cincinnati Public School system, is one of my greatest accomplishments. This is indeed a dream come true. If I can get to girls early in their lives with the message of love for self and each other, we will eradicate ‘mean girl’ behavior before they become ‘mean women.’
Who are your role models?
My personal role model is my Mother. My business role model is Oprah Winfrey. They are both amazing women. They are women who have been called to serve and who operate in their gifts.
What is your morning ritual?
My morning ritual consists of prayer and meditation before I engage in business, emails and meetings. It’s a time for me to center myself so that I can think clearly and unleash my visionary powers to Dream Big and Deliver Big!
What would you say your personal superpower is?
This is an interesting question because I recently heard multiple people share that I speak to people’s souls. I thought it was an interesting way to describe how I relate and connect with people. I am so deeply humbled by this compliment.
What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?
Creating The Sister A.C.C.O.R.D. Leadership Development Program that is now being integrated into high schools across the country. It’s a dream come true for me to be able to bring the principles of The Sister Accord to life in schools where there is so much bullying and hate going on. We are seeing the results already where girls are saying that they feel more empowered and courageous and stopping violence and hate against each other.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Knowing that I am doing what I was created to do gives me so much JOY! I walk in purpose each and every day.
Why are you a member of Ellevate?
I am a member of Ellevate because when I first met President Shari Goldsmith and she shared the vision of the organization, and then I had a chance to speak with Sallie Krawchek, I knew that this was a powerful group of women who I wanted to be connected with.