Author. Speaker. Adventurer. Veteran.
Hi there, and thanks for visiting! I’m glad you came.
Speaking and writing have been part of my DNA since leading our high school debate and forensics team and running the literary journal (when we still used scissors and glue!). I believe words change the world, and I thrive on seeing transformation come as a result of my speaking and my writing.
After a childhood in Alaska, I studied English Literature and art history at Duke University. At graduation I was commissioned as a 2LT in Army Aviation and became one of the first women to fly Apache helicopters, serving on three continents and leading two flight platoons and a line company. In the midst of school and flying came skydiving, scuba diving, big-mountain climbing and long-course triathlons. To turn all that into something practical, I earned my MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth, and worked with some excellent people in the corporate jungle for a few years in the medical devices industry and technology. I started an MDiv (part-time), and decided not to pursue it, returning to my love of words with an MFA.
Now I take that experience in leadership and courage and devote my work to both speaking and writing, delivering my most important lessons over those years in cockpits and crampons to you. I connect to the needs of audiences across the country speaking about courage and transformation, leadership, creativity and grit, and how we can use storytelling with our teams and organizations to succeed in times of change, overcome obstacles, and inspire and transform.
My writing is a way of wrestling with life by way of words to find its beauty and possibility. Current published and pending work is in non-fiction, both journalistic and creative, but a short story found its way into a veterans' short fiction anthology in 2017 called The Road Ahead and I'm getting ready to submit poetry as well.
Outside of work, I'm passionate about working for the future of our local public library. I also work as an artist-in-residence with Methow Arts. My husband and I are co-founders of Methow Episcopal, and our kids' schools keep us busy, too. Occasionally I procrastinate by reading, painting, classical choral performance, playing piano or heading out in the mountains with the greatest adventure of my life, my husband Peter and two young boys.
P.S. Details at LinkedIn are here.