I started my first business at age 23, and became an award-winning book publisher within five years. I was living penthouse-large in Southern California, when my “destiny tap” brought me face to face with my ego at 31, leaving me broke, divorced and diagnosed with what doctors call an “incurable” disease. Through surrender to the inner, deeper voice, I went from wealth to waitress and dove into my Act Two with painting, acting, primal scream, re-birthing, re-parenting, and re-connecting to my first love, The Angels. With new eyes and heart open, I began following my “purpose of service” and trained to become an Emotional Trauma and Personal Empowerment Therapist and led Spiritual and Sexual Recovery Workshops for Women for six years.
I was a leader in the direct sales industry before launching FEED333 in 2006, an online fundraising campaign which fed 1.2million children in the USA in 30 days. The following year I partnered with Feed the Children, Salvation Army and the NBA Players Assn to launch the three largest multi-city food distributions in US history, then co-founded a multi-million dollar direct sales company which brought together over 6000 Social Entrepreneurs and Transformational Leaders. As Chief Humanitarian Officer, I directed $1.8 million in humanitarian aid to NGO’s in many countries, and began taking groups to on service trips to witness their impact. For nearly a decade, I have been crafting and leading a unique form of “Adventure-Contribution-Travel” that has transformed lives and businesses for over 1100 participants, and that has served more than 30,000 families and educators with clean water, education and empowerment in eight countries.
I am also the innovator of INSPIRE™, a 2-Day Wisdom Share event held during select signature travel events, produced now on three continents, which provides participants the opportunity to be filmed speaking to an international audience. INSPIRE™ programs have been designed for over 400 educators, principals, and government officials in an African post-war nation; for the student and faculty body at a top South American University, and for business and NGO administrators, managers, volunteers in New Zealand.
I was living my dream in 2014 training post-war Teachers on success and leadership principles in Liberia West Africa, when the Ebola outbreak occurred, and was faced with the heart-wrenching decision to leave my Beloved Man behind, and flee to safety with our baby (our 8 year old Cairn Terrier, Barnaby!). We now reside in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador.
In 2015 I co-founded The Waterbearers (www.thewaterbearers.org ) which is a movement inspiring Women around the globe who have access to clean water to get it to those who do not. The first 30 day campaign funded over 3200 clean water systems that will get clean water access to over 320,000 people for ten years. This movement for women, water and wisdom, along with my professional passion to continue inspiring social entrepreneurism through Legacy Life travel gives me great fulfillment in the ways I can serve through my talents and resources.
My personal passions? Walking along the river and dancing in the kitchen with my Ronnie and Barnaby, painting, singing Karaoke, my daily “yogaahh” practice, and completing my next books, “Open Your Mouth and Say AAHH” and “Lust, Love and Miracles: One Couple’ Journey of Awakening Across Four Continents .
Additional Accomplishments and Fun Facts:
Founding Member of the Association of Transformational Leaders / Humanitarian Speaker in the US, Canada, Africa, the UK, Ecuador / Author of “9 Secret Ingredients of a DELICIOUS Life”, 2006 / “Children’s Champion 2006” by Children’s Hunger Fund / Co-Executive Producer, “Awaken Your Riches” / Featured in New York Film Festival, Audience Award Winner, Short Film “Johnny Boy” / Small Press Publisher of the Year, 1995 / Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Class Valedictorian, FIDM Los Angeles, 1987 / Recipient of the Civic Consciousness Award, and President’s Vision Award, 1987
I am a strategic business partner, and communications and operations specialist, working with individuals and businesses for over 30 years. I have built multi- million dollar organizations in diverse fields as a principal and as an integral business development consultant. I have been instrumental to the success of neurology practices, a holistic dental office, therapy practices, a company selling back support systems via brick- and mortar and on- line stores, a multi- million dollar real estate empire and a Jordanian NGO for children and their families who were disenfranchised due to the associated stigma of the diagnosis.
My methods of working with teams or individuals are innovative, integrative and help my clients define current challenges and their root causes, to co- create a living map of success. A dynamic collaboration model is created to assess and understand one’s development needs, challenge current constraints and explore, determine and expand your possibilities. Using guided reflection and introspection practices we create dynamic foundations for reaching goals, develop an arsenal of tools for sustaining success and craft systems that are fluid enough to support present needs and future growth. I believe that health is the moving toward and the fulfillment of having fun and consciously creating success. My joy is to re-ignite one’s vision to triumph, and to help you to touch and be touched by your own personal greatness.
I’m grateful to be offering my skills as a connector, creator and organizational genie to this team of amazing humanitarians. My passion is serving as a catalyst for grassroots change while inspiring heart connection and living on purpose. I truly believe we can create a better world when we are each fully connected with our unique personal brilliance.
With a career focus on stimulating creativity and lifelong learning, I’ve served in multiple capacities as entrepreneur and business consultant, including team facilitation, program design and strategic planning. More recently, I’ve called myself a life simplification mentor, helping people clear through clutter to find & focus on the essential gifts of life.
I love to read, write, dance, play in my garden, take nature walks, spend time with my mini-schnauzer and husband of over 40 years, and connect people with opportunity. I have a big heart for humanity and love sharing it!
Happy and humbled to join this incredible team as the Social Media Unicorn, aka Manager. I imagine a world where more people are recognized for their incredible potential, and as a result, feel compelled to make their greatest contribution. I believe this is only possible in a culture where people are oriented toward their strengths and we are always looking for the genius in others. I’m compelled to contribute my own strengths to a movement toward this vision.
My mission is to apply my own social media and content creation skills to spotlight luminaries who are doing incredible work to solve real social issues. Energized by spending time reading, learning, creating, and adventuring with my friends and family, both 2-legged and 4.
I am honored to be a part of this talented team and amazing project! I believe the Amazing Giants vision is now! How exciting to support this incredible group of women.
A little about me…I consider myself a ‘jack of all trades’, and have enjoyed my life journey through many careers. I hold a Masters in Education and have done everything from running a non-profit Workforce Center to owning a large Catering Company. Other career choices have included teaching a college level vocational course, running a small pet sitting business, and counseling young adults. All of my jobs have had an underlying theme of working with people. I truly enjoy the experience of getting to know people and learning their life stories.
After spending over 25 years in Colorado, I moved to Ecuador in 2017 and haven’t looked back. I am thrilled to be a part of the Awakening Giants ride, and am here to lend my support to Spryte, Robin and the rest of the Legacy Life Team.
Life is an adventure, and I look forward to each day sharing this gift of life with others.
I am super excited to bring my creativity, passion for connecting people, and my sales and marketing expertise to this team! I love the challenge and excitement of new things and that shows in the different types of industries I’ve worked in, including the culinary arts, wedding planning, home design, small business, matchmaking and more.
I was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug at 22 and started a general contracting business that served the San Francisco Bay area for 23 years and that earned revenue in the multi-millions year after year. Now as a consultant and strategist, I love sharing the out-of-the-box thinking that was the key to my own success with change makers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders to make them stand out from the crowd. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world and work with global and US companies such as Live Out Loud, who provide strategies for business owners to increase profits, Elliston Vineyards where I creatively redesigned product packaging spurring increased sales, eWomen Network and Women’s Prosperity Network, organizations dedicated to supporting women in business, and Doubletree Hotels where I was the catalyst for those delicious chocolate chip cookies you get on your pillow each night (Yum!). All in all I’ve been able to positively impact more than 2500 entrepreneurs and over 75 companies world-wide.