I’m former TV host and advertising Creative Director, turned training guru, and founder of Combustion, an award-winning, global training powerhouse with clients like Google, Pepsico, Disney, HBO, TD Bank, Uber, Lenovo and more. But it was from decades of working with executives and teams in countless countries, companies and cultures that led me to discover a singular human truth; regardless of title or experience, people in the corporate world did not believe that that they could be their true, messy, vulnerable and REAL selves at work and still succeed. But my vast experience had proven the opposite to be true. This ‘aha’ led me to write Swagger: Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want (May 2021) and pursue my new purpose as a Swagger Coach and speaker.
What do you want our readers to know about you?
I’m someone who believes absolutely in the power of authenticity and human potential – and I’ve made it my life’s work to unleash it in as many people as I can. And I refuse to follow the rules.
What would you like to see more of in the workplace?
First and foremost, more women and people of color at the very top!!! The time has come for marginalized communities to get their shot and to prove the capabilities they’ve worked so freaking hard to build! I also wish that the workplace had more respect not just for diversity, but for diversity of thought. If everyone’s thoughts and ideas were heard, just imagine the things we could create.
What characteristics and/or qualities do you admire in the women you work with?
Realness, compassion, empathy, a wicked sense of humor, common sense, and a low tolerance for bullshit.
What advice did you wish you were given earlier in your career?
Do you, boo. Find your authentic voice in business and trust it!
How do you think COVID-19 will change the future of work for women?
Not in a positive way, I fear. Too many women still carry the burden of caring for kids while working. On the other hand, I think that this giant curveball has taught us that we have the power to adapt and make changes that work for our lives.
How do you think we can increase diversity in the workplace?
Mentor, encourage, challenge the status quo, and look for any opportunity to raise up women and people of color! The assumption that only old white dudes are capable is just a ridiculous notion and we all need to help swing the pendulum the other way big time.
What is one example of a positive, memorable experience you’ve had in your career?
Honestly there are too many to count. I’ve literally travelled the world through the award-winning company I built from the ground up. But what made it so incredibly special was the amazing team of women who built it with me. We’ve been a true sisterhood and we have kicked ASS!
What was one belief you had that you later realized was a myth?
Perfection is attainable (that’s major bullshit and totally unnecessary anyway).
Why are you fabulous?
I have swagger up the yin yang and I am 100% authentically, unapologetically, passionately ME.
Do you have a mantra or quote that inspires you? If so, please share it below.
I live by two philosophies: “why not you?” (anything is possible if you go for it) and “this is not a rehearsal” (we only get one shot at life so live it LARGE). But I also love “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde
Where can people find you online?