Home: Jacksonville, FL. Age: Almost halfway to 80. Birthplace: Stuart, FL. Profession: Finance and technology transformation. Significant other: The guy who keeps me laughing through life, my husband Pete. Alma mater: Florida State University, (B.S. Accounting & Finance); Florida Atlantic University (Master of Accounting).
Latest accomplishment: Joining CHIEF. Their mission and purpose are such an important part of my belief system. Latest contribution to others: Mentoring multiple young professionals on the brink of, or new to leadership roles. Hobbies: Travel, working out, reading, event planning and hosting. Recent travel or adventure: Paris, and fell in love with it. Last book read: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, by Bill Martin, Jr. Gotta love bedtime stories.
Personality profile: Energetic, independent, empathetic, intuitive, tenacious. Enneagram 8. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Protective (and that I show up for my people). Moral compass: Would I want my children treated this way. What is your greatest joy? The loves of my life, my children, Jameson and McKenna. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Teachers. The most underappreciated and undercompensated profession out there. What is at the top of your bucket list? To live abroad with my family when my children are a bit older. How do you relieve stress? Getting a good sweat in; lifting weights, spinning, HIIT training.
What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Trivial Pursuit. What movie have you repeatedly watched? My Cousin Vinny. What’s the best advice you received growing up? The one thing nobody can ever take away from you is your integrity. So, don’t lose it. What is your favorite app? CHIEF. Women uplifting & supporting other women. What is your go-to source of news and information? The Wall Street Journal and Twitter. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Travel adventures
That there is a “perfect balance” of being a mother, wife, individual, and professional. In fact, there are ebbs and flows based on needs and priorities. You will know what needs more focus at any moment in time. Trust your gut; you’ve got this.
What message do you want to send out into the world? Be you, unapologetically. You will find your people. What mega-trend most excites you? The increasing presence of empathetic leaders, workplace flexibility and focus on the quality of life. What mega-trend most concerns you? Internet trolls and negativity. It takes a lot less effort to keep scrolling or be kind.
As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A lawyer. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Hire a videographer to follow me and my family around to record us making memories. That way, there is something they could look back on with a smile after I’m gone. What advice would you give your younger self? Trust your intuition, I promise it will rarely fail you. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My twenties.
Personal mission: Spreading joy and kindness wherever I can. Favorite quote: “You have made it through 100% of your bad days” (Robin Arzon). Desired epitaph: She lived, she loved, and did both with purpose. Or, Another One Bites the Dust. Tough decision.