Home: Pittsburgh, PA. Age: 48. Birthplace: Old Greenwich, CT. Profession: Sales and marketing. Organization: Carrum Health. Title: Chief Commercial Officer. Preferred pronouns: She/Her. Alma mater: University of Pittsburgh. Languages spoken: English and really fossilized Russian.
Current project: My first vacation in seven years. Recent recognition: My nineteen year old daughter told me she was proud of me. Recent professional development: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion training. Start and then never stop asking questions. Latest accomplishment: TED Talk. Latest contribution to others: Donate, pray, love. Hobbies: F45; urban hiking with my pup. Recent travel or adventure: San Fran, for what would be the most epic offsite of my career. Last book read: Confessions from Your Token Black Colleague, by Talisa Lavarry. Recent unique acquisition: My first pair of Louboutins.
Personality profile: Top three Clifton strengths: Achiever, Activator, Learner. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Bold. Moral compass: The Golden Rule. How do you define a perfect friendship? When there is no judgment or hurt feelings for cancelling at the last minute. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Mutually respectful. What is your greatest joy? My daughter. What is your greatest fear? Global and terminal power outage. What natural talent have you neglected? Cooking. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Healthcare workers.
What is at the top of your bucket list? Getting to watch anything my daughter does. How do you relieve stress? Naps. I look forward to weekend naps all week. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? My daughter. What is your go-to workout? F45. One of Mark Wahlberg’s businesses - love it!
What book have you repeatedly read? The Challenger Sale, by Brent Adamson and Mathew Dixon. What’s featured prominently on your office wall? A photo of my daughter “container swimming” in a plastic storage bin from Bed, Bath, & Beyond when she was 6 months old. What movie have you repeatedly watched? Four Christmases. Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My parents. What is the best advice you received growing up? Whatever decision you make is the right one, because you will make it the right one (Grammie Boyd). What is the best advice you received in your career? It’s time to fly. Get uncomfortable, take on more, do different things. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? The coffee maker. What is your favorite app? Texting. What company or organization do you most admire? Apple. What is your go-to source of news and information? All viewpoints in an attempt to extract the truth. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? My friend Linda, the human creativity explosion. What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? The COVID pandemic.
What is your big idea? Influence where you can. What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? To fully trust and believe in myself. What change would you like to see in the world? Understanding and respect of one another. What message do you want to send out into the world? Try really hard to love and influence where you can to help people. What mega-trend most excites you? Green energy. What mega-trend most concerns you? Global hothouse. What widely held belief do you reject? The divorce rate. No one knows anyone when you need a date for the formal.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? You’ll GetThere. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Lauren Graham. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in Heaven? Jesus. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? Teacher. Doctor. News anchor. Ski shop owner. You get the idea. What object would you save first from your burning home? Passports. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Hugging my daughter and parents. What advice would you give your younger self? Slow down. Take a breath. Think it through. What day in your life would you like to re-live? Mother’s Day 2005. I missed the Mother’s Tea at the Montessori School when my daughter was 3. The photo of her by herself with a rose breaks my heart. What period in your life would you do differently if you could? College.
Personal mission: To inspire people. The need is soul originating for me. Personal motto: Keep moving forward. Favorite quote: If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done" (Thomas Jefferson). Desired epitaph: She is grateful.