Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
Learning and performance development is my passion and specialty. My mantra: to dedicate my life helping individuals in all walks of life achieve things they never thought possible.
With over 15 years of experience, I have had the privilege of working with many different organizations, starting with one of the top 5 Canadian banks where my learning and development career began, to other positions where I travelled across the Canada training on new systems and processes.
Most notably, I have had the thrilling experience of working for three international organizing committees — the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Toronto Organizing Committee for the 2015 Pan / Parapan Am Games, and most recently the Invictus Games — Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee. In all instances, I contributed my learning and development expertise towards the design, development and delivery of the volunteer training journey.
I was born, raised and currently reside in Ottawa, but have lived in Toronto (15 years) and Vancouver (2 years). I am a diehard Sens fan with a diehard Maple Leaf fan for a husband. Hockey night at our house is very entertaining. I am also a very proud mom to two boys, a five and one year old. Yup, life is busy!
How would you define your professional mission?
To dedicate my life helping individuals in all walks of life achieve things they never thought possible.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
I feel pretty honoured because I've had many. My most memorable has to be the work I did with the Toronto Organizing Committee for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. I essentially ran the entire training strategy, from concept to execution. Was an incredible and highly complex achievement which oversaw the training of more than 18000 volunteers within a six-month timeframe, the complete implementation, configuration and integration of a learning management system, which was also used as an invitation management system. I could go on and on, but I think you get the gist of how incredible this work was. Loved every minute of it!
What are some career challenges on your radar?
At the moment I feel a little out of my element. I've been tasked with implementing a Women in the Workplace program at my company, but I have no experience in ever doing something of this nature. I'm really excited about it, but am questioning my actual ability to make it happen.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
Very early on in my working life I knew I wanted to help people achieve greatness. I had a lot of really positive mentors and wanted to give back what they gave me. So, in one of my very first professional jobs, I was given the opportunity to train a group of new hires. I was hooked! Since then, I've been continuously working on honing my craft and can honestly say I love what I do. It's hard work, but very very rewarding.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Helping people achieve greatness beyond even what they thought possible of themselves. I also love the ability to make a very complex project or process come to life through the design, development and deliver of training.
What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?
I love working with people! I also love the creative freedom I typically have when designing new/improved learning solutions for clients.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
When life gives you limes, make a margarita! Don't sweat the small stuff! Instead, take the time to notice and celebrate yours and your kids’ achievements — even something as simple as your baby eating peas for the first time or your lipstick lasting longer than an hour.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
For myself, I'm looking to expand my network, connect with likeminded individuals, and to be a part of a larger effort towards connecting women together and helping them succeed. For my work, I'm currently in the process of establishing a Women in the Workplace program and am looking for resources and tools to embed within the program.