Home: Cleveland, OH, though excited for whatever’s next. Age: 44. Birthplace: Japan. Profession: Social impact leadership; multicultural integrated marketing. Organization: EYEJ: Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice. Title: Social Impact Leader. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Alma mater: Woodbury University (B.S.); Cleveland State University (E.M.B.A.); University of Pennsylvania (Executive Leadership Certificate in Social Impact).
Current projects: Writing a book, being a mom. Handing off my leadership role at EYEJ. Recent recognition: Winning an Anthem Award at EYEJ. Being told a Chief workshop I conducted was “the best session I’ve been too.” Recent professional development: Transitioning into my next chapter and job. Latest accomplishment: Sending my daughter off to college. Latest contribution to others: Conducting three Chief workshops: “What is Social Impact?”, “What is Diversity?”, “Our Young People and Future Chiefs”. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Three: Leaving a high-level job and moving to the Turks & Caicos. Co-founding EYEJ. Leaving it for the next chapter. Hobbies: Mah Jong, yoga, traveling. Recent travel or adventure: Thailand. Last book read: A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principals of “A Course in Miracles”, by Marianne Williamson. Recently viewed and recommended: jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy. Recent unique acquisition: A Jean-Michel Basquiat pop figure.
Personality profile: Open-minded, determined, strong, visionary, understanding. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Amazing. Moral compass: The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. How do you define a perfect friendship? Patient, kind, loving, selfless. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Straightforward, uplifting, results-oriented, win-win. What is your greatest joy? Seeing others’ authentic, happy smiles. What is your greatest fear? The unknown. What is your guilty pleasure? Most any carbs. What word or phrase do you use far too often? Life is short. You got this. What natural talent have you neglected? My voice. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Entrepreneurs.
What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Traveling. What is at the top of your bucket list? Bali. And writing a book. How do you relieve stress? Yoga, meditation, music. Talking to God. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? The ocean.
What was your first paying job? At Chik-Fil-A. What was your favorite college course? Public Speaking and History of Fashion. What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Playing Rat (solitaire) with the Moore family. What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Shawshank Redemption. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? A bulletin board of self-awareness and uplifting points about myself. Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? God. Also, Madonna, Beyonce, Kris Jenner. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Nothing in life is fair. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Don’t give up, keep going. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? iPhone. What is your favorite app? Skiplagged. What is your go-to source of news and information? The New York Times, Harvard Business Review; Jessica Yellin, Shaun King, Simon Sinek. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Fashion shows. What company or organization do you most admire? Besides EYEJ, Apple and Chief.
What is your big idea? To create a more inclusive and equitable world. What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Seeking a high-level social impact or high-level multicultural marketing role. What change would you like to see in the world? Mutual respect. We are all human. What message do you want to send out into the world? The world is yours. What widely held belief do you reject? That women can’t have it all.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Anything You Set Your Mind To. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Gwyneth Paltrow or Kim Kardashian (sounds shallow, I know, but because they are both Libras). As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A fashion designer. After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My laptop. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Dining at an outdoor restaurant with those I loved, people watching and eating spaghetti Pomodoro. What advice would you give your younger self? Peace is not to be taken for granted. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? Any day by the beach. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My thirties.
Personal mission: to be a leader and to make a difference. Personal motto: Live life fully, life is short. Favorite quote: “Love the life you live. Live the life you love” (Bob Marley). Desired epitaph: She cared deeply and helped create a better world.