An oak leaf has symbolized my work and purpose since launching GreenLeaf Consulting way back in 1998. Oaks are special trees that have long represented strength, courage and great potential for growth. And nature’s always been my place to rejuvenate and gain clarity about my own path and purpose.
Pre-GreenLeaf, I worked in Management Education and Organization Development, Instructional Design and Training roles at Arthur Andersen, Walgreens, and Unisys. I also taught on the adjunct faculty at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where my subjects included Global Leadership, Leading Change, Creativity, and Building Effective Teams.
Working across the United States and in Argentina, Canada, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, England, Ireland, Germany, Thailand, Switzerland, France, Colombia, Malaysia, and Australia with leaders from over 40 countries has been a joy. I’ve been honored to work with folks at Netflix, BMW, Coca Cola, SunLife, Düsseldorf University, Dr. Martens, NASA, Aegon Asia, Red Bull, MetLife China, NBC Universal, MicroSoft Latin America and Hilton to name a few in a range of executive coaching, workshop and retreat settings.
Before heading out into the wide world, I grew up on a farm in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Appalachia’s beautiful forests, wildflowers, and waterfalls impressed on me at an early age the importance of caring for our environment. And in true Southern style, I’ve never met a stranger.
I went to Purdue University in Indiana for an MS in Instructional Design and a BS in Nutrition and I’ve been a life-long learner ever since. I’m certified in several helpful diagnostic tools that nurture individuals and teams, an Amazing Career Coach (designed for Women), a member of the International Coaching Federation, a Certified Nature Retreat Leader, and a Master Facilitator of the HBDI Thinking Styles survey.
I’m passionate about raising up the next generation of women leaders and honored to serve on the board of Together Women Rise, a powerful community of women and allies dedicated to achieving global gender equality. I previously served ten years on the board of Upstate International in South Carolina.
I love hiking, gardening (dirt under my fingernails is great therapy!) and nature photography – all the photos on this site are mine. I travel to expand my horizons and adventures have taken me to Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Dominica, Honduras, Vieques, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guadeloupe, Belize, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Zanzibar, and other naturally nourishing locales, including a successful Kilimanjaro summit bid for my 50th. The more off-the-grid the better.