As a software engineer by training who moved into management, ran (and sold) my own company, and held several executive positions, I bring decades of hands-on business experience to my practice. Having come up in the tech world, I have a direct, no-nonsense style.
Maybe you are looking to shine brighter in your current role or are preparing for a new challenge. Perhaps you want to step up to a more senior position or get into a tough-to-crack company. Or maybe you were a rock star individual contributor who was promoted into a leadership role without formal management training. Whatever your goals, my job as your coach is to help you get what you want. This means:
Creating a safe and confidential space to work on your professional development
Getting to know you and what makes you tick, without expectation or judgement
Helping you face difficult situations with objectivity and humor
Holding you accountable to your stated goals
Promoting shifts in thinking and behavior that lead to lasting transformation
When I was a software engineer, I was really good at testing. I could always sniff out the issues. In my coaching I rely on the same combination of curiosity, intuition and analysis to identify what's at the heart of a person's challenge.
I bring a straightforward style to my workshops and use my management experience to tie classroom concepts to real-world challenges. I’ve conducted training for managers at Atlassian, MixPanel and other Bay Area organizations and enjoy working with people across the full spectrum of leadership experience – from new managers to senior executives. My job as a trainer is to bring management concepts to life, engage your team, and provide them with tools and strategies for integrating the learning into their day-to-day work.
I am a member of the invitation-only Forbes Coaches Council and am a Forbes.com contributor. My articles on leadership have also appeared on Fastcompany.com, Inc.com, WomenOnBusiness, RocketHub and Women2.0.
I enjoy active membership in the International Coach Federation (ICF), international and San Francisco chapters.
As president of the board of directors for Joe Goode Performance Group, I support a long-standing San Francisco cultural institution, combining the innovative use of dance and theater with broad outreach to build community, promote empathy and develop social awareness.
My volunteer work includes being a leadership partner for TechWomen, a U.S. State Department program supporting women in STEM careers from developing countries; and working with Girls, Inc., an organization committed to transforming the lives of underserved girls in the San Francisco Bay Area.
OUTSIDE OF WORK
I am an avid Bay Area hiker and consider Mt. Tamalpais to be my personal gym.
I dabble in oils and acrylics and enjoy zoning out while working on a canvas.
I’ve lived in Malawi, France, and the Netherlands, and speak English, French, and Spanish. I met my spouse on an ultimate frisbee team, and currently reside in San Francisco with him and an oversized Bengal cat.