Home: Massachusetts. Profession: I am in the business of redefining how organizations elevate outcomes through digital technology adoption and cultural transformation. Significant other: My husband and partner in life, Chris. Alma mater: Bentley University (B.S., Computer Information Systems).
Recent recognition: Named a Finalist for Digital Transformation Leader of the Year by the Women in IT Awards. Recent professional development: Executive CHRO program at Wharton. Seeking to better understand what makes organizations sing. Latest accomplishment: Founded Bright Eyed, a nonprofit that provides food kits to school aged children, ensuring they have access to meals on the weekends. Hobbies: Reading everything, exploring the world with my husband and kids, baking. Last book read: Atlas of the Heart, by Brené Brown. Recently viewed and recommended: Ted Lasso, a surprising series full of incredible leadership lessons.
Personality profile: Dynamic, creative, charismatic, decisive, empathetic. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Genuine. How do you define a perfect friendship? Full of laughter, love and honesty; free of judgement. What is your greatest joy? Watching my kids find their way in the world. What is your greatest fear? Not making the most of my time on earth. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Teachers. The greatest gift to the world. What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Travel, hands down. How do you relieve stress? Baking (it is also my love language).
What was your first paying job? Cashier at the local supermarket. Within six weeks I was promoted to the Customer Service desk with far more responsibility than any 16-year-old should have. A sign of what was to come. What was your favorite college course? Operations Management. Fascinated then and now by the significant impact made possible by small incremental improvements. What book have you repeatedly read? Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Paintings by my kids and a sign that says “You are the Boss”. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Sometimes choosing harmony is better than the truth. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? The iPhone. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Losing my father at a very young age. A constant reminder that life is meant to be experienced and not just lived.
Restoration of social grace and kindness.
What widely held belief do you reject? That people can’t change. What mega-trend most concerns you? Social media. History will tell us if this was the best or the worst part of us.
What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Jennifer Garner. The nicest bad-ass on screen. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My Dad. So many unanswered questions. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A lawyer or an astronaut (informed by the movie Space Camp). After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? A box of notes saved over forty years, from those I love or have loved. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my kids, husband and pups, on the beach in Nantucket, eating a cheeseburger, fries and chocolate chip ice cream from The Juice Bar. What advice would you give your younger self? Recognize the importance of paying it forward sooner in life.
Personal mission: To make sure there are pavers left behind for the next generation of female leaders. Personal motto: In a world where you can be anything, be kind. Desired epitaph: Loved by many, feared by a few.