far back as I can remember, I volunteered my time to work at numerous
nonprofits assisting people who have experienced hardship, obstacles, and
limitations and career changes. I worked with domestic
violence, teen pregnancy, homelessness, unemployment, seniors, transitional
housing, and a variety of other life challenges. After spending 22 years in banking holding leadership
positions, I longed to follow my passion of empowering people to break down
limitations and reach their full potential.
I really wanted to lead an organization that shared my values but my long
held fear of failure coupled with my fear, or should I say embarrassment, of
divulging that I was a high school dropout held me back from pursuing my
dream. With each passing year, the desire to change became stronger than my
fears and I knew to begin the change process I must take the first step.
In spite of my fears, at age 48 I completed my
GED. That first action led to a journey of discovery of my purpose, my
passion, and endless possibilities. Now I had a clear vision, an educational
strategy, and a plan of action, I spent the next ten years pursuing my
education. Between 2000 and 2010 I went from dropout to doctorate. I hold two associate
degrees, business management and retail marketing from College of DuPage,
Bachelor of Science(BS) in Management from National Louis University, Master of
Arts(MA) in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Training and
Development from Lewis University, and Doctorate in Education(Ed.D) in Organizational
Leadership from Argosy University.
result of my educational pursuit my vision became a reality in 2006 when I transitioned
from leadership in banking to leadership in nonprofit. Consequently,
the transition gave me an opportunity to work with multiple populations in
various roles as Director of Day Programs, Director of Human Resource, and
Executive Director leading organizational change, and managing people, process,
and performance for high impact, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Furthermore, I continue to work with
adult and traditional student as an
adjunct professor of business at Benedictine University, National Louis
University, and Argosy University as well as a professional speaker
on overcoming fear, change, and transformation to audiences at conferences,
universities, and nonprofit and for profit organizations.