As a lifelong student of leadership and human behavior, my personal history, which begins in the US but is rooted in Turkish and Bolivian traditions and a multi-faith upbringing, is as relevant to what I do as my actual work with leaders in the US and abroad has been for the past decade. I have an incredibly rich repertoire of stories and ideas that I share regarding leadership – what it takes to lead well and lead mindfully, and how to connect with the people who follow you. Most importantly, I have a clear philosophy about leadership, which is essentially an amalgam of Resonant Leadership Theory and my own serendipitous journey in the study of how leaders lead. My speaking topics run the gamut of leadership: from leading in the workplace to leadership culture and change to looking at the movement of leadership in our world. I find that if you are an enamored observer of the human condition, all acts that are uniquely ours possess qualities that every leader should espouse, and it's these very acts that provide dense material to discuss what leadership is and how it touches us - each and every one. I also use leadership work to springboard into related topics like employee engagement and building high-performing teams, and of course, leadership in the context of women and empowering today's youth as the leaders and owners of tomorrow.
Academically, I have a Masters in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, a Bachelors in Psychology from New York University, and I am a licensed therapist in Bolivia, as a result of my studies in Psychology at the Universidad Catolica Boliviana San Pablo in La Paz. I am a native English and Spanish speaker and have working knowledge of Portuguese and German. On a personal note, I am a married to my husband of 6 years who doesn't always see eye-to-eye with me, but is nevertheless, my soulmate, and we have two wonderful little boys who remind me every day that this whole leadership thing starts with that very first breath of life.