I’ve been told that my greatest gift, my “original medicine,” is my infectious enthusiasm. Friends and clients say I’m the spark that lights up the room. I’ve learned to embrace that gift, and in my work as a coach, speaker, and author, my mission is to use that spark to empower others to embrace their most authentic self and actualize their full potential.
I come from a long line of high-achievers – a family that values training, education, achievement and high performance. As a competitive swimmer for 17 years, I developed a strong work ethic and learned the value of focused discipline and dedication. In working as a professional model, I was challenged to develop new tools for strengthening my self-confidence and sense of self-worth. As a broadcast journalist and international TV personality, I experienced what it took to perform at the highest level at all times and to be an exceptional team player.
I’ve received certifications in the Science of Well-Being from Yale University to help myself and clients build more productive habits, and Love as a Force for Social Justice from Stanford University to help me more deeply understand the human heart.
I became an expert in mindfulness practices and a passionate advocate of their benefits for both brain and body health. (You’ll find my meditations and courses on Insight Timer and offered as a companion to my first book, The Full Spirit Workout.) When I turned my attention to coaching, I sought out the best-available programs. I earned coaching certifications through the International Coaching Federation and graduated at the highest level from Columbia University's executive and organizational 3CP coaching program. In addition to my advanced coaching certifications, I’m a licensed NBI® consultant, helping clients assess their thinking preferences to leverage insights for creativity, innovation, and communication strategies in all areas of life.
I graduated with a B.A. in communications from Penn State University, where I was an Academic All-American swimmer. As a curious young woman who loved to write and tell stories (and still do to this day), I earned my master's degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
While working for nearly a decade as a TV news anchor and reporter, I interviewed hundreds of prominent newsmakers, including President Barack Obama and Angelina Jolie. As a writer, I've contributed articles to Woman’s Day Magazine, Redbook Magazine, Forbes, mindbodygreen, the Huffington Post and elephant journal, to name a few. On my personal blog, I’ve also shared inspirational stories about self-confidence, empowered communication, resilience, and healthy body image.
As a businesswoman, I’m known for my incomparable salesmanship. I’ve helped multiple global beauty brands shape their vision and strategy, and I recently led and organized the team behind the launch of QVC’s first and only proprietary beauty brand, which made more than four million dollars in sales the first day alone.
I’ve been speaking publicly for two decades, presenting to teams and organizations across the country on the topics of leadership confidence, building championship teams, achieving peak performance, communication skills for success, and converting thought patterns into bursts of energy that lead to breakthrough results. In The Full Spirit Workout, I draw from my multifaceted background and my work as an executive leadership coach to help readers develop a strong inner core, giving them the resilience to handle life’s obstacles and upheavals, and the courage to create the fun and fulfilling life that is their birthright.
I believe in warm hugs and the power of prayer, meditation, and fresh starts.
I believe in honoring my body with positive self-talk, trusting I’m on the right path and releasing all that no longer serves me.
I believe in inhaling clarity and exhaling self-limiting beliefs.
I believe I’m worth everything my heart desires and giving myself just that.
I believe I’m strong enough to weather any storm.I believe in asking for support.
I believe in laughing so loud everyone in the room looks over to see what’s so funny.
I believe in creating the space for people to be their most authentic, vulnerable selves.
I believe in smiling for no reason at all.
I believe the best is yet to come and saying ‘thank you’ for all of life’s tough lessons.
I believe I can do anything I choose is important enough.
I believe in me, and I believe in you. We were born to be spectacular. Let’s do this!
My favorite part of life is connecting deeply with others. As a speaker, I use powerful personal stories and research-backed strategies to help teams and organizations shift perspective, learn new tools, and accelerate achievement.
As a coach, I work with teams and one-on-one with business leaders, professional athletes, accomplished entrepreneurs, and high-performers in their fields to help them succeed in and out of the boardroom and on and off the field.