I grew up in North Carolina in a family of love, support and music. From an early age, my parents taught me to follow my dreams.
My parents were musicians and made sure that music was a central part of their four daughters’ lives. Our family band performed at weddings, anniversary parties and clubs, and entertained our audiences with jazz standards, 50’s, 60’s, and Top 40 music. My older sister and I would sit on the porch with our acoustic guitars writing songs about love and changing the world.
Having a musical family has a deep impact on your soul. It helped me to dream big, have faith in something greater than myself, and experience the deep bonds of family.
I spent my teenage years playing sports. That is where my love of teamwork and the belief that “anything is possible” was born. In college, I was Captain of the volleyball and basketball teams. I was honored to earn All-American in basketball, All-Conference in Volleyball, and have my jersey retired years later. When I stand really tall, my height is measured at 5’3,” so I think the awards were won by and heart and spunk.
After college, I went to graduate school where I became a Division I Collegiate Volleyball Coach. I spent each day inspiring young adults to reach higher, work harder, and become more than they thought was possible.
After graduate school, I was appointed Director of Campus Recreation. I had dozens of students working for me, and developed and delivered student leadership programs and motivational talks on communication and teamwork. Each day was fresh and new. I was using my gifts and living on purpose.
In my late 20’s, I was given the opportunity (at the same university) to become a Chief Fund Raiser and Executive Producer of television documentary projects about the environment. This was a big change, but it was worth every moment. Working with corporations and business professionals, I learned two important lessons. People think logically, but they act emotionally. In order to raise the needed funds and achieve project goals, I had to appeal to their intellect, yet connect with their heart. I had to coach and inspire them to believe in the mission of our projects.
As fate would have it, I was delivering a keynote for the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), and was “picked up” by a national speaking agency (CAMPUSPEAK) in 2001. They contracted me to speak to students all over the country on leadership, diversity and wellness. It was a blast!
My university career was a natural segue into my private work as an executive coach, workshop facilitator and motivational speaker. Over the past 16 years, I’ve coached executives and business leaders in the areas of: strategic visioning, leadership development, engagement, problem solving and work/life balance. I’ve developed and delivered workshops, retreats, national and regional conferences, and given keynotes to a wide array of audiences around the United States.
My love of music has always been woven throughout the fabric of my life. I have produced 4 CD’s of original music, written theme songs for documentaries and TV commercials, and continued to perform professionally as a jazz vocalist. I was also a music director at a Spiritual Center for many years, and have produced inspirational concerts and shows.
Today, I share my original music in my keynote talks, workshops, retreats and concerts.
I have been on personal development and spiritual quest for 30 years, studying positive psychology, spirituality and human potential. I have learned that you can achieve extraordinary success AND happiness. When you follow your bliss, you activate your potential. Gratitude is the game-changer, because what you focus on expands. We are surrounded by infinite, creative possibilities, but we have to shift our consciousness to see them. I believe in the Law of Attraction.
My life as an athlete, coach, executive coach, and spiritual seeker has taught me that we must care for our mind, bodies and spirits. Healthy eating, exercise, meditation, prayer and visioning are part of my daily regimen. I am an avid student of sound and light therapy, and other forms of energy work. I am certified in Reiki II. I believe in listening to and trusting my intuition.
I’ve dedicated 25 years to coaching and inspiring people to achieve success, happiness and health. I love what I do, and am grateful for the work that allows me to use my gifts, follow my dreams and make the world a better place. It is an honor to inspire people to do the same!