I began my career in the technology industry while studying engineering, liberal studies and behavioral development in college. I have always found the people and process behind technology fascinating. Early on in my education- I had the opportunity to participate in a Science Scholar program at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD. The program was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and gave me the opportunity to explore the excitement of opportunities in science, mathematics, art and the internet- lovingly referred to in the early days as the World Wide Web.
At the age of 15 I began presenting at poster sessions and speaking at conferences. My earliest memory was preparing a presentation for the California Mathematics Council on why dumbing down curriculum and creating gender biased materials for the class room was a disservice to students and teachers. I spent time over the past 5 years working for a company where I took highly technical material and created presentations, speaking engagements, and webinars that general audiences could understand. Specifically, I worked to ensure that companies understand the benefits of a Data Driven Decision Making Environment.
I have always preferred dynamic environments where I can contribute in a cross functional team. I have technical knowledge and cross functional capabilities in multiple subject areas which allows me to address multiple audiences and groups. From Millenials to Baby Boomers-I address each group in a few unique ways that establish credibility, intent, and create an environment for active listening.
My core focus has always been insuring that my teams understand People, Process *& Technology. I have also ecnountered challenges and victories in my career along the way. These challenges have constructed areas that I speak on for small/medium sized events. Some of these include but are not limited to;
- Are you a Victor or a Victim?
- Changing of the guards (AKA When a new CEO is brought in)
- Change Management
- Personal & Professional Branding
- Relationships & Why they matter
- Re-Engaging in work
- Work as a part of life, not the only thing
- Comfort Zones
- Willfull Blindness
- Recovery & The Workplace
- Being a woman in technology
- Being a minority in technology (which hadn't occurred to me until someone said it)
- Understanding the complexities of cross functional teams
- What made a company great, can be it's downfall
- Why credibility matters
- When times are tough - how do you rise?
- Harassment in the workplace
- When people underestimate your abilities
- Shifting & Narrowing Focus
- Easy ways to increase your productivity
- Hiring & Scaling Up
- Overcoming Obstacles
- Making mistakes
- Having a seat at the Executive table with no voice
- Embracing being feminine in the workplace
- Empathy vs. Sympathy
- Creating culture
- Navigating Personalities
- Managing Up
- Ownership, Accountability, & Responsibility (The OAR that keeps a company moving)
- Why culture dominates strategy every time
- Why people stay in work situations they hate (Hint: The answer is NOT money
My involvement in the business operations at the companies I serve contributes to a reduction in internal expenses and increased efficiency. I now spend time at regional events understanding the core areas of business concerns in the areas of People, Process & Technology. I also consult on operational oversight for newly funded startups or companies seeking to improve brand recognition in nitch markets via targeted relationship strategies.
I have always had the gift of gab- and enjoy evangelizing products, services, and companies that I believe in.