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Speaking and writing have been part of my DNA since leading our high school debate and forensics team and running the literary journal (when we still used scissors and glue!). I believe words change the world, and I thrive on seeing transformation come as a result of sharing lessons and stories through speaking and writing.
After a childhood in Alaska, I studied English literature and art history at Duke University. At graduation I was commissioned as a 2LT in Army Aviation and became one of the first women to fly Apache helicopters, serving on three continents and leading two flight platoons and a line company. In the midst of school and flying came skydiving, scuba diving, big-mountain climbing and long-course triathlons. To turn all that into something practical, I earned my MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth, and worked with some excellent people in the corporate jungle for a few years in the medical devices industry and technology. I started an MDiv (part-time), and decided not to pursue it, returning to my love of words with an MFA.
After a family tragedy, I left the corporate world to write my first book North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey, and with that return to story, I never looked back. You'll find other writing of mine linked on this website, and my current projects are a leadership book drawn from two years of interviewing women and writing profiles for The Grit Project, as well as a memoir of my time in the military. If you don't want to miss news on these, sign up for my email list!
Now I take that experience in leadership and courage and devote my work to both speaking and writing, delivering my most important lessons over those years in the cockpit and the board room to organizations across the country. I connect to the needs of audiences in every industry speaking about courage and transformation, leadership, creativity and grit, and how we can use storytelling with our teams and organizations to succeed in times of change, overcome resistance, and inspire and transform.
Where is an edge—a dangerous edge—and where is the trail to the edge and the strength to climb it?
- Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
My writing is a way of wrestling with life by way of words to find its beauty and possibility. Current published and pending work is in non-fiction, both journalistic and creative, but a short story found its way into a veterans' short fiction anthology in 2017 called The Road Ahead and I've just started to submit poetry as well.
Outside of work, I'm passionate about working for the future of our local public library in our small mountain town in the North Cascades. I do local work as an artist-in-residence with Methow Arts. My husband and I are co-founders of Methow Episcopal, and our kids' schools keep us busy, too. My personal projects right now are learning to read Homeric Greek, getting a little better at nordic skiing and preparing to teach a history course about Ancient Greece to our local elementary school. Occasionally I procrastinate by failing to keep up with house cleaning, or giving in to other loves of reading, painting, classical choral performance, playing piano, and heading out in the mountains with the greatest adventure of my life, my husband Peter and two young boys (sometime our dog Bonnie comes, too).
P.S. Details at LinkedIn are here.