Home: Phoenix, AZ. Age: 44 and just getting started. Birthplace: Farmington, NM. Profession: Executive consultant, coach and speaker. Organization: Evoke Greatness. Title: Founder & CEO. Significant other: My ride or die, Mark Linebarger.
Current project: Busy building my empire, as I just launched my own business. Recent recognition: Being selected as a Titan 100 for my work as COO of Bristol Hospice. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? I recently stepped out of the corporate world overseeing a 300+ million-dollar revenue producing company in order to serve and positively impact organizations and leaders in a more meaningful way. I called my shot and opened up my own healthcare consulting and coaching business, Evoke Greatness. Hobbies: Hiking, outdoor exploration of any kind, being by the water. Recent travel or adventure: For the last six years, my family and I travel annually to Aruba, so I can turn a year older in paradise. Last book read: The Power of One More, by Ed Mylett. Recently viewed and recommended: Powerhouse Women (podcast); Maverick (movie); Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill (book).
Personality profile: Inspiring, authentic and strong. Enneagram 8. Moral compass: Just do the right thing. Period. What is your greatest fear? Not exhausting everything in my tank to become all that God created me to be.
What is at the top of your bucket list? A trip to Italy to eat amazing food and drink amazing wine. What is your go-to workout? Hiking. It serves as a physical, mental and emotional workout. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? The ocean. What is something you were scared to do, but did it anyway? Starting the Evoke Greatness Podcast.
What was your first paying job? At 12 I worked part time in an insurance office filing papers. What book have you repeatedly read? The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? My home is FILLED with motivational wall art. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Other people’s opinions are none of your business. What company or organization do you most admire? Ritz Carlton and Chick-Fil-A. They are world class. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? After 35 years of a life filled with not feeling good enough, not smart enough, not worthy enough, I had a transformation and finally stepped into my power. I became a new woman that day and committed to making sure other women could do the same.
What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? The same change I hope to see in the world. Co-founded a nonprofit organization for women called IDEAL: Inclusion Diversity and Equity Alliance in Leadership for Healthcare. What change would you like to see in the world? Inclusion, Diversity and Equity for women and women of color. What widely held belief do you reject? Women can’t have it all.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? She Believed She Could (So She Did). Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? Nelson Mandela. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A teacher. What advice would you give your younger self? Sis, you are going to go through some hard things, but you’re going to make it. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My wedding day. I was so busy stressing that I didn’t get to be joyfully present. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My junior high and high school years.
Personal mission: I am dedicated to the advancement of women in leadership. Favorite quote: “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Desired epitaph: Her dash was full of a life well lived and loved.