…hasn’t always (or often) gone the way I wanted, hoped, or expected.
I have been profoundly shaped along the way by struggles, heartaches, and losses which have often seemed more plentiful than joys, celebrations, and successes.
I have also been shaped by my Protestant upbringing (even though I’ve left it behind) – and the stories of the women too-often buried in that text.
Somehow – whether mystery, magic, or miracle – I’ve carried the stories of those women with me.
(Maybe more true, is that they have carried me.)
It has been the wisdom and strength of women – past, present, and future – that strengthens and shapes who I have become; who I will yet become.
The same applies to you. (I cannot be convinced otherwise.)
For nearly 20 years, I have reimagined, retold, and redeemed the ancient, archetypal, and sacred stories of women – making them the protagonist, giving them voice, and curating their infinite, endless wisdom. Along the way, they have enabled the same in me.
Through so many lessons learned, so many stories heard and told, this is what I offer you: ways to understand, even embrace your story’s twists and turns, ways to be your own author, and endless invitation into seeing every bit of it – every bit of you – as sacred.
People often ask me why I remain so committed to these particular stories.
Quick answer? Because they are committed to me.
And I have lots more reasons, to be sure:
- No woman’s story, no matter how old (or how mangled through patriarchal tellings) deserves to remain unseen or unheard.
- For centuries, we’ve been missing out on the wisdom most needed in order to access, claim, and honor our own.
- Can there ever be enough stories of strong and amazing women?
- Patriarchy (and racism, ableism, ageism, sexism, etc.) cannot be dismantled until we name from whence we’ve come. These stories reveal that and provide us a way forward.
- As their stories are known and heard, all women’s stories are – past, present, and future.
- When we undo these stories from all that has restrained them, we are in effect, freeing ourselves.
- Whenever oppressed or silenced voices are (finally) heard, the world heals; we do.
- There is a direct correlation between the redemption of these women’s stories and our own. Their voices give rise to ours.
- We are hungry for the sacred wisdom of women. We’ve heard enough of culture’s incessant messaging. We need truth!
- We deserve advocacy, support, companionship, and kindness.
- Women’s stories change the world.
Besides the stories, here are some relevant details and random facts about me:
- I have lived through the distinct pain of being a woman – in leadership and in life. I have known the risks, the costs, the disappointments, the challenges, and the requisite determination.
- I continue to live into the distinct privilege, gift, and power of being a woman – in every possible way.
- I am a proud mother to the two most amazing young women on the entire planet (and cannot be convinced otherwise). My oldest lives in Kentucky and my youngest in Montana. I miss them every day; I love them even more.
- I was in my early 40s before I learned about (and quickly adopted) feminism.
- I have owned my own business for 15+ years.
- I have trained, spoken, and written about women, their stories, and their strength for even longer.
- I acknowledge the Coast Salish peoples of the land that touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Duwamish, Puyallup, Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.
- I believe that our stories shape us – the ones we’re aware of and especially the ones we’re not.
- I have an ongoing idea that I want to live in a Tiny House.
- I love black coffee in the morning (and a bit later than that…)
- I’m in the on-again-off-again process of converting from wine to loose-leaf tea and Veganism instead of everything else.
- I will endlessly argue that RedVines are so much better than Twizzlers.
- The most true thing is this: women’s stories – when told in defiant and beautiful ways – have the power to change the world.
- Equally true: you are NEVER too much and you are MORE THAN enough.
And here’s the Official Stuff:
- Decades of experience that spans multiple industries: nonprofits, academics and higher-ed, the federal government, and for-profits.
- 15+ years of executive-level leadership.
- Senior VP for a global leadership development company that focused on communication skills, conflict resolution, feedback, coaching, delegation, and accountability,
- Corporate Trainer/Facilitator; worked directly with Verizon, Nordstrom, Hormel, Rodan+Fields, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, TJX, Dominos, and more.
- 4,000+ hours of one-on-one coaching with business owners, leaders, creatives, and entrepreneurs – from startups to Fortune 100 companies.
- Career and transition coaching to 5000+ individuals – increasing promotion rates and overall development.
- Multiple keynote addresses focused on leadership development; trained thousands of groups, and gave a TEDx talk.
- Bachelors Degree in business and communication.
- Master of Divinity Degree focused on feminist theology
- Certified Spiritual Director.
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) certified; Master Facilitator/Trainer of proprietary content in coaching, feedback, conflict-resolution, and accountability.
- Facilitator Educational Training with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes and the Archetypal and Cross-Cultural Studies Institute.