For more than 20 years Erin has been studying, teaching and certainly having seemingly impossible conversations on a regular basis.
Utilizing her degree in communications, and playing to her strengths as a natural connector and motivator, many of Erin’s significant accomplishments during her corporate career came from being able to bring teams together, resolve conflict with clients, procure new clients and break down complex requirements into the pieces needed for successful implementation of new processes and procedures to expand product offerings.
Wanting to further her formal education in business and at the same time satisfy her curiosity as a self-professed personality profile junkie, Erin chose to focus on a leadership track while earning her MBA.
Leaving the corporate world and stepping out onto her own, Erin opened her own business working with families whose elderly loved ones were going through the process of downsizing, as well as with adult children who were left with housefuls of “stuff” they did not want and did not know what to do with. Again, Erin’s abilities and knowledge of how to have difficult conversations led her to not only growing a successful business, but helping her clients through difficult times.
It was during this time Erin wrote her book, “Talking About the End is Only the Beginning; Conversations Every Child Must Have With Their Aging Parents.”
Speaking to large audiences and mentoring colleagues on effective communication has been a part of Erin’s experience throughout her career. Whether speaking to hundreds of financial planners at their annual meeting, to roomfuls of seniors worrying about their future, dozens of realtors on how to talk to clients or even an individual business owner seeking advice about talking to their employees, the goal is always the same: lift people up – don’t break them down.
During more than a decade spent as a female executive in the male-dominated insurance industry or as a small business owner herself, Erin has not only utilized her ability to have conversations to be successful, she has taught others how to do this as well.
Ultimately, Erin has chosen to focus on taking her message to a broader audience, teaching people across the country that all conversations have consequences and how to save money, reduce stress and build closer relationships by learning how to have quality conversations instead of poor ones, and how to stop avoiding the conversations that count.
When not traveling for work, Erin is often traveling for pleasure. When home in Chicago she can be found volunteering at PAWSChicago.