Home: Wake Forest, NC. Age: Not yet 40! Birthplace: Gainesville, FL. Profession: Keynote speaking, coaching, consulting, HR. Organization: Blue Acorn iCi. Title: Chief People Officer. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Alma mater: University of Florida (go Gators!).
Current project: Keynote speaking, podcasting, family and fitness. Latest accomplishment: Launching my podcast, From Now To Next, and watching it grow. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Opening my own business and investing in my podcast. Hobbies: Fitness, cooking, and travel. Recent travel or adventure: The Maldives. Last book read: Burnout, by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Ameila Nagoski, DMA.
Personality profile: Authentic, focused, driven. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? EXTRA! Moral compass: What is the courageous thing to do? What is your greatest joy? My kids, Hudson and Halle. What is your guilty pleasure? Dessert. Always, dessert. How do you relieve stress? Running and a hot bath. What is your go-to workout? Anything Peloton. What’s been your favorite race: The Beaujolais International Marathon in Lyon, France. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Sun, sand and passport.
What was your favorite college course? Health Education & Behavior. What movie have you repeatedly watched? Under the Tuscan Sun. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? My favorite quote (see below). What’s the best advice you received growing up? What others think of you, is none of your business. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Apply for it anyway.
We are held back not by the glass ceiling, but because of our own sticky floors (limiting beliefs such as perfectionism, imposter syndrome, fear of failure, etc.).
What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? More women in leadership and executive roles. What change would you like to see in the world? The recognition and appreciation of different perspectives. What belief do you hold tightly onto? That one should never stop learning.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? She is Becoming. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Julia Roberts. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My Granny Gaa. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? The Head Football Coach for UF. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? In my home, with my husband, kids, and parents. Playing, laughing, and lots of hugs. What advice would you give your younger self? You will turn your failures into stepping stones toward success. You just don’t know it yet. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? The day I became a mom.
Personal mission: To empower women. Personal motto: What is the courageous thing to do? Favorite quote: “The beauty of uncertainty is infinite possibility” (Tunde Oyeneyin).