My favorite vacation was a trip to Alaska a few years ago. Glacial lakes and rivers were a color I'd never seen. The air was clear and the night sky popped with innumerable, radiant stars. While hiking along the gravity-defying Savage River, I was struck by the varieties of wildflowers against a majestic backdrop of billion-year-old mountains. It was August, and Fall was already turning leaves deep shades of brown and red.
I live just a mile or so from Sunflower Fields. I love them in four seasons, as do the birds and the pollinators. In mid-July, people come from all over the Washington, D.C., region to gaze on these acres of soaring, upright flowers, take in their beauty, walk into the fields, peek out from their centers, snap photos of beloveds, laugh and call to each other.
Like sunflowers, ephemeral nature, and mountain peaks pointing and urging "Look up," I have spent a lifetime turning toward the light. Philanthropy research maven, online entrepreneur, give where you live advocate, trust negotiator, social justice network builder, human potential guide: my thread is I work collaboratively to Strengthen Connections.
I work collaboratively to Strengthen Connections.
I work with individuals, teams, organizations, and collectives that want to create a more humane culture and have greater impact in the world. The first step is learning to slow down and notice, Where is my attention? Once we see the patterns of our life -- personally, in relationships, and in community -- we begin to make choices that lead to full engagement with every moment. When we bring attention to how we relate with the people and causes we care about, we nurture the conditions for sustainable, pro-social living and flourishing.
For people and teams ready to create 10x transformation, I teach and facilitate a powerful developmental framework based on the Enneagram. When you learn the Enneagram, you build a bridge between your inner and outer life. You start a profound journey to self-discovery and learn how to show up as your best self, communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, work in partnership, and step into leadership. Self-awareness is the #1 leadership skill, but self-awareness cannot outpace self-acceptance. When you can meet yourself and others as we are, you discover your unique and life-affirming habits of thinking, feeling, and behaving. See Leadership and Transformational Mentoring for more information.
I've been a human potential and mindfulness consultant for 30 years, working at the intersection of philanthropy, business, government, and public benefit organizations. Over this time, the stress people are under has increased exponentially. Unfortunately, many forms of stress management have an unintended consequence of deepening isolation in response to technology, societal expectations, and a pace of life that leave the nervous system constantly over-stimulated. I have extensive training in trauma-informed approaches to mental health and well-being, including training from Stephen Porges, Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, and Dan Siegel. I have integrated movement and breath practices into the three centers of awareness, which are at the core of mindfulness and the Enneagram. My approach is trauma-informed and resilience focused, nurturing curiosity, compassion, connection, and choice. I have taught optimal breath skills to more than 3,000 people and have integrated them into workforce development programs. I offer a number of workshop and training options, including one-on-one, with teams and groups, and train-the-trainers. See Breathwork and Soft Skills for more information.
When we learn to live with Presence, we become willing to take the risks and actions needed to end suffering for ourselves and others. See Generosity for more information.
I am a Senior Member of the Enneagram in Business Network, where I co-lead a Social Action initiative. I am a member of the International Enneagram Association. I am a Level 3 certified breath coach through Breath-Body-Mind™. I am trained in integrative breath work for deeper psycho-spiritual integration. I learned to meditate from Master Goshun Shin at the American Zen College 18 years ago, and have a daily practice. I learned the Enneagram from a Christian Brother about 20 years ago. Soon after, I trained extensively in the Riso-Hudson Insight Approach and have applied the Enneagram to personal and client development since then. I have been integrating mindfulness and the Enneagram for nearly 10 years. I subscribe to Blue Ocean Principles for partnership, collaboration, and ethical guidelines.