About

The short answer:

I bring a wealth of personal experience to my coaching: as a marketing professional, I spent nearly 15 years at some of the largest corporations in the Pacific Northwest. My ability to deeply connect with people, and the business perspective I bring to the table, help my clients identify and make the important decisions that define their lives.

Coaching credentials

Coaching association membership

Education

  • MBA (University of Washington)
  • Graduate certificate in Organizational Development (Antioch University Seattle)
  • BA with a history major (University of Massachusetts)

Professional career

  • Program manager, senior product manager and marketing manager at Amazon and Alaska Airlines
  • Journalist for the Associated Press

The more interesting answer:

My career has been all about stories.

I started out as a journalist. I was working in a sandwich shop right after college (magna cum laude in history from the University of Massachusetts) wondering what I was going to do with my life. One day a reporter from the local newspaper came in.  A conversation with him eventually led me to the Associated Press, where I worked for a couple of years as a daily reporter.

Journalism taught me how to fearlessly ask interesting and powerful questions. And how to write quickly.

But the hours were terrible and I wanted to play more ultimate Frisbee, so I transitioned into the business world, contracting at Microsoft for several years and then working at a boutique consulting firm. I discovered that I was very interested in business, but wanted to move up the decision-making food chain. So I went to business school.

I graduated from the University of Washington Foster School of Business with a concentration in marketing.

After business school, I worked in interactive marketing at Alaska Airlines for 5 years, and then tried out different marketing functions  at Amazon for 4 1/2 years. And experienced the particular challenges of balancing a demanding job with two small children.

I started to realize that the stories I was telling at Amazon were all about numbers, when in fact what I’m really interested in are the stories about people. So I went back to school and got a graduate certificate in Organizational Dynamics from Antioch University in Seattle.

And that is where I discovered coaching. My adviser suggested I take her Executive Coaching class. I was skeptical — I was already getting my fill of executives at work. But I took the class and discovered a passion for coaching. I took another graduate-level class just to be sure. And then couldn’t get enough: I completed 200 hours of training through The Coaches Training Institute. I quit my full-time job at Amazon early at the beginning on 2011 to focus on my coaching practice.

I’ve come full circle, but with another 20 years of corporate/business/life experience under my belt. It’s all about stories again. My clients’ stories.