Like you, I try to make a difference in the world.
Some days I feel my impact is small, other days I am able to leave a bigger mark.
Several years ago, I was living my white-picket-fence life, married to my best friend, raising four amazing children, and working as a CFRE-certified nonprofit executive for organizations that served people in communities throughout the world. That was when I was sidelined by the diagnosis of a brain tumor wrapping around my brainstem.
Everything in my life, my relationships, abilities, and “normal” activities, changed in an instant.
After three brain surgeries, 35 days in and out of neuro-critical care, a spinal fluid leak, pneumocephalus, 12 reconstructive procedures, and years of facial and physical therapy, I have a new outlook on life.
I know how it feels to be on the receiving end instead of the giving end of life. I’ve reinvented myself a dozen times, adapted to ever-changing circumstances, and learned what is really important in life.
Utilizing my education (BA in public relations and MS in organizational leadership and communication) and my personal and professional experiences, I re-entered the work world, as a keynote speaker and consultant, empowering organizations to increase their influence for good.
My specialties include:
My memoir, The Sun Still Shines, is a Gold Quill award winner, has sold more than 40,000 copies, and became an Amazon bestseller in four categories. The cycle of writing and speaking allows me to share good with both non- and for-profit companies, healthcare organizations women’s groups, and youth.
I am truly living my best life, and I want to help you do the same.
Every day I live my motto, Every Interaction is an Opportunity to Change a Life!
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