About Me

Everything you wanted to know about me…and stuff you didn’t even know you wanted to know….

 

Who I am:    Unapologetically Me.    Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Leader. Speaker. Author. Mentor. Innovator. Champion of Healthy Relationships. Thought and Belief Challenger. I am real, enthusiastic, hopeful, creative, strategic, problem solving, curious, determined, ambitious, courageous, compassionate, funny, smart and lovable. I think most other people are all of those things too.

I walk my talk.  I do not ask anyone to do what I am not willing to do first.  I know that we are all stronger, smarter and more resilient than most of us think we are.  I know this by experience and  nothing teaches quite like experience wrapped with hope and love.

I work hard, but I play with just as much enthusiasm.  I laugh.  A lot. I enjoy my life and all of the experiences that brings.  I have great gratitude for the harder times, pains of the past and challenges of today.

I create and support positive, strong, supportive relationships that withstand the tests of life and time. I didn’t always…I had to learn how.

For those who have an appreciation for facts more than ideas;  I have a masters degree in professional counseling, am a certified empowerment and emotional intelligence coach, have over 20 years of experience in the corporate world as a relationship management expert, trainer, manager, top level executive and CEO.

I am the founder of Relationship Insurance (www.relationshipinsurance.guru), serving those who want a lifetime of quality relationships of all kinds or who are looking to build a Great Love (pre-marital, pre-commitment, committed and re-committing couples of all ages and orientations). I am the founder of the Single, Not Broken divorce recovery community. Over the past 12 years I have helped over 1,000 women, and a few brave men, rebuild themselves and their lives after divorce.

I am both a student and teacher of Emotional Intelligence and relish the time I spend helping others to improve their life experience through advancing this crucial set of skills. I founded and facilitate the Emotional Intelligence-based personal leadership program called “Living a Life Without Regrets“.

I am a mentor of women seeking to create better lives and better businesses.  At the heart of everything I do is my passion for helping others improve their own experiences.  I currently run several teamwork and leadership workshops with small businesses and women-owned start-ups through my small business mentoring program (www.summitalliancesolutions.com).  I also see individual clients in my life transformation coaching practice.  For the past three years, I have served as the program director of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (www.yeaphx.org) in Phoenix.  YEA is the only after-school program for High School students in Arizona to mentor them through the idea phase, to business planning, to pitching Shark Tank style, to securing funding, to actually launching registered, profitable businesses by the end of the school year. We have launched over 24 businesses fully owned by High School students so far!

In June, 2015, my first internationally published co-authored book, The Young Female Leader, was printed!  I was fortunate enough to be included with 11 professional coaches, consultants, and leadership experts from the United States and Canada that contributed to this must-read for young women who are seeking leadership skills, assertiveness, and strategies for increased self-confidence. Me second book, Great Love No Regrets, is due to publish in June, 2016.

I served for six years on the Phoenix board of the National Association of Women Business Owners (www.nawbophx.org). During that time I have held board positions including  Membership Chair, Business Development director, President-Elect, President, Immediate Past  President and National Liaison.  I currently serve as a board member of the National Board of NAWBO as the co-chair and  the President’s Assembly Steering Committee (www.nawbo.org), headquartered in Washington, DC.  I serve on the board of directors of the Women’s Enterprise Foundation (www.wefphx.org) which provides scholarships and grants for women business owners in the Phoenix area. And am one of the original women’s leadership facilitators for the World Academy for the Future of Women and taught internationally in China (2010) (www.globalinteractions.org).   I am currently working on an important humanitarian aide project in Cameroon, Africa through the Halsten Enterprise where we aim to bring medical relief through the refurbishing and restocking of two medical clinics and turn the tide on the completely preventable and needless illness and death of many children.

In March of 2015, I was honored by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of 30 Outstanding Women in Business and was nominated for the second time for the ATHENA Award through the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. I am also honored to be a mentor at the annual BizWomen Mentoring Monday event in Phoenix.

Who I help:  People interested in improving their experience in this life; especially through building strong, authentic, supporting, fulfilling relationships.   There is no someday and the opportunity to make a life changing decision belongs to everyone right now, in this moment.  I help others build the skills that will support them to rise above where they’ve been and not buy into being a victim of circumstance, but be a creator of positive change.  That can be a change in major relationship, starting a business, making a career change, navigating a life phase, or simply conquering the personal dialogue that exists between our own ears.

What I do: I lead by example while I challenge my clients to be brave and push outside of their comfort zones where real growth takes place. I identify old ways of thinking, old patterns of being, and old habits of doing that keep us from breaking through to the life we dream of having, the people we dream of being.  I champion healthy relationships through trust, authenticity and love. I build communities and foster connections.

How I do it: My methods are based in the world of emotional intelligence, servant leadership, compassion, understanding, education, relationship building, creation, personal responsibility and strategic action.  I have both the education and experience to understand the details and still see the big picture.  Just as importantly (if not more so), is my desire to be an agent of positive change in this world and to do that with the many amazing women out there who are ready to get going and take action.  I have a holistic view of addressing experiences of the past, realities of the present and desires for the future; with emphasis on who and how we are in the present.  Conscious, compassionate and strategic action today is what creates the most successful tomorrow. Workshops. One-on-one. Groups. Assessments. Discovery. Action. CHANGE.

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