Hometown: Arlington, MA
I live with: My husband and two daughters, aged 8 and 11.
Tell us about the work you do. How did you wind up here? I train scientists and engineers become great leaders. I started my career managing professional symphony orchestras and then left to get an MBA in organizational development. I’ve been consulting ever since and in 2016 joined Organizations Unlimited, LLC, a firm started by my dad in 1993. I became a partner a year later and it’s been a wonderful collaboration.
It turns out that musicians and R&D professionals share a lot of the same work challenges. They are both the center of creativity in their organizations and under a lot of pressure to show that what they love has value in the market.
What did you want to be when you were a little kid? How does that play into the work you do now? I wanted to be just like my 6th grader teacher, Ms.Gillaspie. She traveled to exotic destinations and was an amazing storyteller. Although I’m not an elementary school teacher, I do get to emulate her in two ways: 1) My clients are global so I spend a lot of time traveling internationally and exploring new places and cultures and 2) When I teach leadership or team-building workshops I use a lot of personal stories to illustrate a concept or just keep things real and relatable.
What problems do you solve for your clients? R&D professionals grow up in labs and PhD programs that tend to be focused on individual achievement. In industry, they are asked to lead people and teams, collaborate with cross-functional partners, and interface with customers. Suddenly being good at math or chemistry isn’t enough to be successful in their roles. We provide training and coaching that allows these professionals to 1) discover their own authentic leadership style 2) build effective relationships and manage conflict and 3) enroll others in their vision.
What’s your personal motto or mantra? “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”
-Tao te Ching, Chapter 33
Who’s your role model? Yoda from the original Star Wars trilogy. Always patient and centered, focused on others’ learning and development, and full of simple, yet profound nuggets of wisdom.
Where’s your favorite place to relax? Higgins Beach in Maine.
Tell us a favorite accomplishment. I conducted the Fauré Requiem with a large chorus and orchestra at my church a few years ago. That was an exhilarating experience!
How can clients work with you? (Be sure to include the best way to contact you.) Send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org