Home: Pleasanton, CA. Age: Forty something. Birthplace: San Clemente, CA. Profession: Communications and brand development. Organization: Universal Events Inc. Title: CEO. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Significant other: My lovely husband. Alma mater: Youngstown State University (B.A., Communications).
Current project(s): Creating and developing a leadership conference to teach and train professionals looking for a better life. Providing program services for shelters, hospitals, and low-income schools. Being a hands-on and present wife and mom to my 3 kids. Recent recognition: Featured on a radio show along with the CEO of LEAD, so that was pretty awesome. Recent professional development: Attending Business Mastery with Tony Robbins and doing monthly master classes. Also, became a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Latest accomplishment: Participated in the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Conference that was in New Orleans, where I got to meet a number of leaders in the nonprofit sector. An incredible experience. Latest contribution to others: Every day professionally, by providing communications and branding solutions to nonprofits and ethical businesses. Financial support to numerous worthy organizations including a local foster children program in Alameda County, CA, and to Tillys, to expand their program into more schools across Southern California. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Becoming my own boss. Hobbies: Travel, which I love because it allows me to meet new people, see different cultures and gain a broader life perspective. Recent travel or adventure: I went to San Juan, Puerto Rico with thirteen business partners to celebrate life. Last book read: Never Finished, by David Goggins. Recently viewed and recommended: Interview with Michael Singer and Tony Robbins: LET IT GO! Surrender to Happiness.
Personality profile: Empathetic, driven, enthusiastic. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Tenacious. Moral compass: We get to make positive changes in this world, no matter how small. How do you define a perfect friendship? One where you’re able to connect and really let loose with each other. How do you define an ideal business relationship? One where you share the same vision and values. What is your greatest joy? Helping others. What is your greatest fear? Not fulfilling my purpose in this lifetime. What is your guilty pleasure? Netflix. What word or phrase do you use far too often? Get excited! What natural talent have you neglected? Volleyball. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Science and technology.
What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? I really enjoy crystals, reiki and astrology. What is at the top of your bucket list? Going to space. How do you relieve stress? Breathing exercises, taking a walk (get outside), manifesting more of what I want in my day and life, reiki sessions and massages. What is your go-to workout? Getting outside. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Unique, one of a kind experiences.
What was your first paying job? Working for the TV station, WYTV. What was your favorite college course? Argumentation and Debate. What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Bike riding and roller skating. What book have you repeatedly read? Awaken the Giant Within. What movie have you repeatedly watched? Goonies. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Family and travel pics. Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My grandmother (Granny). What’s the best advice you received growing up? You are good enough. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Keep moving forward and embrace making mistakes. Fall in love with the process. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Social media by far, it’s an excellent marketing tool. What is your favorite app? Tony Robbins Breakthrough. What is your go-to source of news and information? Google news. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Podcasts by Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey. What company or organization do you most admire? Space X. What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? Advances in medicine like IVF which gave me the gift of my twin boys. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Being raised by my grandmother and witnessing her incredible work ethic. She made the most challenging things look possible and her belief in me allowed me to obtain a full scholarship to college.
What is your big idea? To leave this world in a better place than I found it. More love, compassion and empathy for our fellow humans. What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Opening people's perspective from thinking they have to do things to I get to do things. What change would you like to see in the world? For people to see and understand that we are all humans living a human experience. What message do you want to send out into the world? We were put on this planet, in this lifetime, to experience love, joy and fulfillment. Let go of the hate, malice, envy and all things ego, so we that can be in a state of love, joy and fulfillment. What widely held belief do you reject? That not everyone can make a difference in the world. What mega-trend most excites you? Kindness is a choice. What mega-trend most concerns you? People hiding behind social media and cyberbullying.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Blake Lively. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My dad. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An astronaut. After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Family mementos. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my whole family, filled with music and laughter. Eggs Benedict (my Granny’s recipe) in the morning. Pajamas throughout the day. Beach, adventure and lots of cuddle time. Stay up all night! What advice would you give your younger self? It’s all possible. Surround yourself with people who align with your goals. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My husband's proposal in Tahiti, or my wedding in Belize, or the birth of my three kids - so many blessings! What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? Freshman college year - so awkward.
Personal mission: Supporting and uplifting anyone who crosses my path. Personal motto: Treat others as you would want to be treated. Favorite quote: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right” (Henry Ford). Desired epitaph: Love and laughter.