Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I live in Charlotte, NC and since 2009, I’ve been a small business owner and external business consultant. I work with organizations to design & manage transitions related to process, structures, culture and technology. My work also often involves coaching for leaders and individuals experiencing change.
For seventeen years, I worked as an internal consultant for four Fortune 500 companies (including 10 years with a Fortune 5 company, ExxonMobil) in the areas of finance, process improvement and change management. I have multi-industry expertise (oil & gas, finance, insurance, banking) and have held a range of leadership positions. I’ve managed financial portfolios in the range of $100 - 250 million and personally managed approximately 40-50 change projects and directed the efforts of probably 200 more through teams I’ve led.
How would you define your professional mission?
To partner with organizations, leaders and individuals to intentionally design and manage change. What type of change? All types – cultural, process, technological, mergers, and career.
We’ve been taught to believe that “change is hard;” it doesn’t have to be. Change is a definable process. With intention and awareness – and strategies and techniques - transitions can not only be managed, they can be leveraged as a competitive advantage.
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
Discretion, commitment to excellence, calmness under pressure, creative problem-solving skills, and strong analytical capabilities
What is your morning ritual?
As an introvert (albeit a social one), I need quiet time to myself in the morning (particularly before my talkative 7 year old daughter wakes up). I’m up early (5:45) to savor a cup of coffee and a few minutes to read, write or think, or some days to practice yoga. I've learned that my quiet morning time critically affects both the quality of my day and the value I can deliver.
What would you say your personal superpower is?
Calmness under pressure.
What does success look like to you?
Professionally, being able to pursue and engage in work that aligns with my core values looks like success to me. Ideally, I want to be challenged by my work and continually learning. Being able to do that with clients who share those qualities is even better.
Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?
Of course! My no-fail tactic is to immediately slow down or even to completely stop for a few minutes (which the left side of my brain screams at me not to do). There’s a very fine line for me between striving for excellence and perfectionism. When the perfectionism shows up, I know it’s the sign that life is a little out of balance. Slowing down, taking a walk, making art with my daughter, cuddling with the dog – any of these gives me just enough space to regroup and regain perspective.
What is the best career advice you ever received?
You can’t run at 100% all the time. You have multiple gears; use them. Learn when to push, when to wait, and when to let go. Not every problem needs to be solved. Also, get comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
Balance is a state of constant adjustment. In yoga, when we move into a balance pose, the body is constantly adjusting to hold us still… making multiple micro-adjustments as muscles, ligaments and our breath work together to help achieve stillness. And some days, the pose comes easier than others. Life works in a similar way. Work/life balance isn’t a perfect balance of focus among work, home, partner, children, self-care, etc. It’s a combination of strength, flexibility, falling down and getting up; but always striving to breathe through it all, making the adjustments and finding the stillness where and as we can.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I’m new to Ellevate, having joined this past January. The Jam Sessions are the highlight so far, along with the Squad Meetings. I joined Ellevate to continue to expand my professional network and to continue to learn and grow. I’m also happy to share lessons learned and best practices I’ve utilized.