My Vision and Purpose
I believe Peace is Possible! Even in the competitive global landscape we work in today. I hope to bring my awakened leadership and personally and professionally support peace however we work together.
After spending time with peace activist and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Scilla Elworthy, I have become a Pioneer of the Possible and definitely believe Peace is Possible! Scilla has spent time working with countless world leaders including Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu, The Dalai Lama and Sir Richard Branson, and she believes peace will come when each of us does our part internally and then in guiding our own communities with passion, love and kindness.
I am willing to spend the rest of my days doing my part and have begun the process of starting a non-profit organization with my peace partner, Donna Barney Nicholson
STAND 4 PEACE
~Hope in Action~
Our intention is to be a resource to educate and bring public awareness to issues related to PEACE. To assist educators, community members, civic leaders, business partners and beyond with these resources to bring hope through action.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." ~Nelson Mandela
Most of us don’t recall our first memory. Unfortunately, I do. December 27, 1964, I was 4 years old and answered the door with one of my brothers two days after Christmas to a military chaplain. The chaplain was there to share with my mother that my dad was killed in a military air operation, leaving her a widow with four children to raise on her own. I remember my mother crying uncontrollably and my world changed forever in that moment. Some may call me a “war-orphan,” but ironically, my true purpose is to be a “peace-builder” and it has never been more clear to me than right now.
Fast forward to today and I was the first in my family to graduate from college. Now married going on 28 years with two adult sons, my life is full of love and joy and I am grateful for the caring, kindness and guidance I have received from both women and men in all circles of my life. I had an awakening last year surrounded around illness and the passing of loved ones: my mother, my father-in-law and sharing in the care of my mother-in-law. I am looking at life with new eyes and I am ready to pay it forward with more purposeful action. Ironically it took these life situations to finally “practice and live” a yoga life instead of just “selling” a yoga lifestyle.
With over thirty years in the sport and wellness industry, I’ve been fortunate to work with industry leaders like adidas, FILA, Under Armour and most recently Beyond Yoga. Being the Vice President of Sales for a growing yoga company during a “yoga legging” fashion craze was all consuming and I allowed myself to burn out. After leaving the company, I dedicated myself to a 200-hour yoga teacher training that I did for myself, my loved ones and to better serve my clients in the future. The experience of learning something new was exhilarating and the physical practice of learning the poses, body anatomy and philosophy was exactly what I was craving in personal development.
Validation of my leadership style came after experiencing the unique Grace & Resilience training by The Flourish Initiative & FemmeQ first hand on a journey to the UK in May 2017. I am now utilizing this information along with my years of corporate experience and yoga teacher training as a platform to consult, connect and mentor as the founder of The Kare N Connection. I want to see people flourish in all areas of their lives and believe how we care and connect at home and at work must be integrated with everyone learning to embrace self-connection and their own feminine intelligence for peace to be possible at any level. I am co-lead the efforts to bring the critical FemmeQ message to Los Angeles at the first event in the U.S. in June 2018.
I love being with like-minded people and sharing with the “shift” that needs to take place in our personal and business worlds. I am a woman of action and want to inspire others to take action. The success and personal growth I have experienced has given me the platform to speak out and lead with confidence through The Kare N Connection.
17 years with adidas starting in customer service and inside sales and progressed to senior level key account sales positions and awarded with top honors.
7 1/2 year representing FILA. Co-President of the sales agency for the 13 western states for footwear, apparel & accessories. Awarded top sales agency 6 out of the 7 years
7 1/2 years with Under Armour in key sales roles with their strategic account sales team that helped drive sales from 200M to 3B.
3 years as VP of Wholesale Sales. Strategic leadership role that helped establish Beyond Yoga as a market leader in multiple distribution channels from specialty to large key account retailers.