In my family, reading was the answer to most problems. Bored? Read a book. Curious? Read a book. Upset? There’s probably a book for that. Feeling empty? Go to the library.
Looking back, I can’t measure how important the gift of reading is in my life. Though technology now means that I’m not just limited to reading, I can download, watch, and listen in addition to reading, the lesson that knowledge is accessible shaped my life. Before I even what an autodidact was, my family planted the seeds of lifelong learning.
My understanding of leadership was refined at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, where I completed a Bachelors in History. I was a graduate teaching assistant at Clemson University, where I finished my first Masters degree. After nearly a decade in various roles, I returned to graduate school at Gonzaga University, finishing my MA in Organizational Leadership with a focus on Servant Leadership.
I have taught in classrooms and online for a local college, trained and coached small businesses and leaders, owned a marking consultancy, and designed training programs for departments, divisions, and medium sized companies.
Drawing on my experience in public, private, and nonprofit organizations, I realized that organizational health is a vital component of success and that health must be pervasive throughout the organization, not just at the highest levels. For more information on my framework, check out the Healthy Organization Model.