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Everyone is a creative leader.

That’s right.  If you’re reading these words, you are creative and you are a leader. In your life and within your organizations, you create your legacy every day.

I produce talent and leadership initiatives to increase your impact. If you are an entrepreneur or organization looking to navigate change, nurture leadership skills, or elevate communication and engagement, I’m your gal.

I’m a business builder, corporate leader and brand champion. I’ve written, produced and managed creative teams in Chicago, New York, and London. My background is advertising and film. I’ve worked with brands that include Nike, Coca-Cola, PBS, McDonald’s, and Walgreens.

If we want to increase our impact, we need to stay inspired. To highlight the inspiring leaders making an impact, I partnered with Daily Planet to create Beyond the Spot,  a web series that explores what makes creative people tick.

Contagious energy and passion for making the intangible tangible are my trademark qualities. My results-oriented approach is based in equal parts inspiration and perspiration.

I hold certifications with the ICF (International Coaching Federation) and Coaches Training Institute. I’m also a Kolbe certified consultant (Kolbe looks at natural strengths and problem-solving instincts).

In contrast to my traditional business background, I’m a storyteller, creator and maker. My training in improv, yoga/dance and energy work offers unique solutions. Dance, yoga, music and my three 4-legged gurus Frida, Frenchie, and Hudson keep my creative juices flowing.

I operate at the intersection of the left brain and right brain. I draw the creativity out of business people, and the business out of creative people.


Workshops and Speaking Engagements

Looking for different results in your team or organization?

  • Develop creative leaders
  • Embrace and navigate change
  • Increase employee engagement
  • Improve communication skills
  • Diversify your leadership pipeline

We collaborate with you to assess your team’s needs and develop programming to address them.

One-on-One Coaching

Looking for different results in your life?

  • Navigate a transition
  • Increase work performance
  • Tap into your creativity
  • Feel healthier and more connected
  • Embrace your personal power

We partner with you to create an approach specific to your needs.

Business Development

Looking to amp up your brand?

  • Connect to your company’s values
  • Tell your brand’s story
  • Build relationships
  • Create a sales and marketing strategy

We partner with creative companies to develop their brands.




How To Get The Business Results You Really Want

Whether you landed that big assignment or doubled your billings, it really doesn’t matter. What matters now is that you take an honest look at what DID happen. What are you most proud of? What frustrated you? What were your top 3 accomplishments? What were your 3 biggest disappointments?

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Take Your Time and Get Things Done

Blocking time into focused chunks makes our brains happy. When our brains are happy, they work better. When the brain works better, we’re more productive and more importantly, productivity becomes easy and fun.

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Are You Building Walls or Kicking Them Down?

I attended one of those particularly touching weddings that leaves you floating on a cloud of love and possibility. The father of the bride said something that forced me to stop and catch my breath. He said we must be “willing to surrender our fortressed selves.”

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Jean Batthany
VP, Global Creative, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (formerly EVP at DDB)

John Claxton
EVP, Group Creative Director at FCB

Julie Scott
VP, General Manager at Onlon Labs at The Onion, Inc

Lewis Williams
Chief Creative Officer at Burrell Communications


I love to collaborate with companies who value creative leadership and make a positive impact in the world.  Here are some of those companies: