At the age of six, a speech pathologist told my mother that I would never speak correctly. Due to my mom’s leadership, I did overcome that challenge, and eventually became a professional speaker in 2003. My experiences achieving success in the face of credible but discouraging advice led me to dedicate my life to understanding the ways hidden potential can be uncovered, stimulated, and grown into high-powered performance. In addition to my corporate work, I have participated in programs that inspire young leaders to find their voices and to see the importance of developing oneself and others to make the world a better place. I am a past Lead Facilitator for Key Leader. I am also a former coach for the Girls on the Run Program.
What motivates me every day is the belief that everyone has potential that can be developed and turned into meaningful contribution. My mission and strength is finding and igniting the hidden potential in people. My latest book is Travels of the Heart: Developing Your Inner Leader, an engaging guide for building the character and skills for personal leadership.
I live in Evergreen, Colorado with my husband and best friend, Rick, our dog, Riley, our four cats, and the countless elk, deer and foxes who visit. In my spare time I love hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and Frisbee golf. I am also an avid and still aspiring chef. I cannot get enough of the Food Network, especially any show featuring Bobby Flay!
Prior to joining the ASLAN team, I had my own consulting business, which I started in 2000. My husband joined me in 2001 when we moved to Portland, Oregon. We learned how hard it can be to sell in a down economy! (In his book, To Sell is Human, Daniel Pink writes that a salesperson, to be successful, has to have a certain emotional buoyancy and realistic optimism. I couldn’t agree more!) But, we enjoyed serving our small business clients and loved helping them get results. At some point, I began receiving numerous speaking requests and I began speaking at conferences throughout the U.S. Eventually, my health problems reached a point in 2005, where my doctor made the decision very easy for me. She told me that I could either live or I could continue my business. (You can read more about my health issues on Bobbi’s Blog.) The choice was then quite simple and I put the business on the back, back burner. I continued to speak but only rarely while I focused on recovering. In 2008, once my health was largely recovered (although, looking back, I had still had a long way to go to regain my strength), a former client of mine connected me to ASLAN, which is how that chapter began. (Please refer to the Team ASLAN page for the rest of the story.) I still continue to serve a few private, select clients and I enjoy that work immensely.
Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development and Change
Case Western Reserve University; Deans Academic Award
Bachelor of Arts – Human Performance Improvement
De Paul University; Dean’s List
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
- Coaching in Medicine and Leadership; Harvard Medical School, Department of Continuing Education
- Certificate in Developing Leadership through Emotional Intelligence; Case Western Reserve University
- Foundations of Positive Psychology Course, University of Pennsylvania
- VIA Intensive, Field Guide to the Character Strengths and Virtues
- International Conference on Emotional Intelligence
- Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Leadership certification
Travels of the Heart: Developing Your Inner Leader, Six Seconds Publishing, March 2010
Conversations on Customer Service & Sales, Insight Publishing, 2005
Masters of Success, Entrepreneur Press, 2004