Home: Washington, DC. Profession: Health strategy consultant. Organization: Guidehouse. Title: Director, Health Strategy. Alma mater: University of Minnesota.
Current project: Building an analytics platform that can change the way health leaders understand and invest in their community. Recent recognition: I received a note from a former colleague who had written something down that I once said and kept it as a sticky note on her desk. She told me it reminded her every day what good leadership looks like. What’s been your big (or biggest) leap? Becoming a mother. Hobbies: Creating new culinary delights with my little girls. Last book read: My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future, by Indra Nooyi.
Personality profile: Brave, giving, committed. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Rooted in trust, strengthened by teamwork, made fun with laughter. What is your greatest joy? My daughters' laughter. What is your greatest fear? Running out of time. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? I admire those who teach. What's your back-up career? I would start a non-profit focused on supporting women and children in living their healthiest lives through education, fitness, and service.
What’s featured prominently on your home or office wall? Maya Angelou quotations and pictures of my girls. What is the best advice you received growing up? Have no expectations of life and life will never let you down. Courtesy of my grandmother, Jaya. What is the best advice you received in your career? Sometimes, you have to let the game come to you. Perfect advice for the over achiever in all of us.
What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Improving the way that healthcare serves all to be their healthiest selves, regardless of circumstance. What message do you want to send out into the world? There is nothing that kindness cannot help solve.
The polarization in today’s world, and the misinformation that is often driving it. At the end of the day, I believe that most humans all want the same thing: to live a happy, healthy life and show love to the ones that matter most to them. We’re all far more alike than we are different, and yet, we seem to be driving ourselves to extreme positions that make it harder to find common ground.
Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My grandmother. I miss her a lot. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? Either a country music singer or an astronaut. What object would you first save from your burning home? My children. Followed by my husband 🙂. What advice would you give your younger self? Have faith in yourself. No matter what happens, you will always come through.
Personal mission: To contribute to a world where all our daughters, mine included, can go faster and farther, and have the wind at their backs. Personal motto: Have I done my best? Favorite quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” (Maya Angelou).