Creativity flourishes once repetitive molds are broken, status quo is questioned, and the mind has space to think differently.
In 2010, I was in the prime of my career at a think-tank company in Silicon Valley, and one night my five-year-old daughter said to me, "Mommy, your heart isn't happy." Wisdom from the mouths of babe.
Concurrently, my close college girlfriend lost her battle with lung cancer. Another girlfriend who battled breast cancer, saw the disease spread to her brain, bones, and lymph nodes. Within weeks of their funerals, a co-worker my same age died of a heart attack. We were all on the verge of turning forty years old. They all left this world leaving husbands and two small kids at home. I had a dream I was next.
At this time, my career was demanding 80% travel and endless hours at the office. I had to truly ask, "What makes my heart happy? What am I meant to do with my time on this earth?"
I knew I had to make a personal shift. It was scary. Who was I without the identity of everything I had worked so hard to achieve? Who was I without my career, my teams, my influence?
I had graduated at the top of my class at Santa Clara University in Mechanical Engineering, starting work at NASA as a real "rocket scientist". I graduated from UC Berkeley for my Master Degree in Nuclear Engineering while getting my Business degree, all within one year. I worked with top CEOs of Fortune 500 companies including Jack Welch, Jeff Immelt and Carly Florina. I led a start-up telecommunications company as CFO/CTO. I traveled around the globe. I thought I knew what I wanted in life, yet I was caught in the whirlwind of constant striving.
I took the leap from Corporate leadership and now, I was just me.
In 2010, I created two business ventures: one teaching yoga & mindfulness, and another offering leadership consulting. I resonated with corporate clients, cancer survivors, and parents raising kids in the competitive area of Silicon Valley. I continued to feed my heart. I realized I am a collaborator, a bridge-builder, and a catalyst for change.
Now, my leadership coaching and consulting work is in partnership with Simplified Coach, Inc. I work with brilliant partners and coaches leading communication, leadership, and relationship-building workshops across Silicon Valley. I teach yoga and meditation at a place I and others call their Spiritual Sanctuary, Breathe Together in Los Gatos. I work with private clients and at corporate workplaces. My heart and head are operating more fully, together.
My personal passion is leading service-based retreats to 2nd and 3rd world countries. This is where I find head, heart, and hands working together brilliantly. I work with Lighting for Literacy, bringing solar lights to places in the world who have never seen electricity. My retreats combine adventure, cultural immersion, and service opportunities for creating positive change in areas of: health, education, empowerment, or environment. Service work so far has transpired in Kerala India, Malawi Africa, Osa Peninsula Costa Rica and Collado Nicaragua.
Who am I? I am a mom. I am a friend. I am a teacher and a lifelong student. I am a coach, consultant, and professional in leadership and change management. I am a health advocate: physically, emotionally, and mentally. I believe when we offer our skills and services to others, we uncover passion and purpose within our own lives. I help clients uncover their own purpose, authenticity, and personal A'has.
I'd be honored to co-explore what it means to Be True, Be Bold, Be You!