Home: Salt Lake City, UT. Age: Forty-something. Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI. Profession: Marketing and communications. Organization: Egnyte, Inc. Title: VP, Global Communications. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Alma mater: Vanderbilt University; Northwestern University; Baylor University.
Current project: Building a second garage in my spare time. Recent recognition: Game Changing Woman in Marketing Award. Latest accomplishment: Learned how to ride a motorcycle. Latest contribution to others: Career path advice. Helping others succeed and achieve their goals fulfills me greatly. Hobbies: Taming my four dogs, swimming, hiking, visiting the amazing Utah landscape. Recent travel or adventure: Kayaked down the Colorado River from the Hoover Dam. Last book read: A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Recently viewed and recommended: Wednesday (Netflix series).
Personality profile: Witty, thoughtful, open, transparent. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Passionate. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Respect for each other, understanding one another’s value. What is your greatest joy? My nieces and nephews. What is your greatest fear? Heights. What is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate covered strawberries. What natural talent have you neglected? Writing for pleasure. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? First responders.
What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Outdoors or traveling. What is at the top of your bucket list? Traveling around Asia. How do you relieve stress? Yoga. What is your go-to workout? F45. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Beach, alcohol.
What was your first paying job? Lifeguard at Shawnee Country Club. What was your favorite college course? Most all of them, but especially Organizational Development courses. What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Winnie The Pooh. What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Departed. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Pictures of family and my dogs. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Don’t let others make choices for you. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Say yes to things that scare you. What is your go-to source of news and information? The Wall Street Journal. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Outdoors. What company or organization do you most admire? Dove. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Layoffs.
What message do you want to send out into the world? Take a risk. What widely held belief do you reject? Most people’s mid-life crisis comes well before mid-life. What mega-trend most excites you? Being able to work and hire anywhere in the world. What mega-trend most concerns you? The economy.
Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My grandparents and great-grandparents. As a kid, what (or who) did you first want to be when you grew up? Jane Pauley. After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Important documents. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family, at home, cuddling my dogs and being present. What advice would you give your younger self? Life has its up and downs, but it will get better. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My thirties.
Personal mission: To thrive in my journey through life and learn life's lessons along the way. Personal motto: Breathe in courage, breathe out fear. Favorite quote: “The most dangerous phrase in the language is 'we've always done it this way’” (Admiral Grace Hopper).