I am a strengths-based project manager and team leader with a demonstrated history of success working with individuals and organizations to promote thriving. I have a special passion for working with young people (specifically young women), and I am most fulfilled when I play a part in unlocking someone’s potential to flourish. I believe that Highlands has a unique ability to cut through barriers to help them do that.
I specialize in individual development for students, recent graduates, and early professionals to identify, celebrate, and leverage their strengths and make data-driven decisions about the next best step in their career path. My two word purpose statement is to “affirm significance.” I believe that my clients were given gifts and talents to share with the world, and nothing brings me greater joy than helping individuals and teams discover their unique aptitudes and to put them to work in service of others.
I have also worked with leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and teams through my work in the field of economic development. Guidance based on aptitude is a piece that is often missing from career development programs, and I am on a mission to change that!
My 10 years of experience includes working with students (high school, college, graduate students) and organizational clients (nonprofits, corporations, mid-sized businesses and higher education institutions). I co-direct in-person and digital career development programs that have served over 27,000 regional middle school and high school students since their inception in 2017. I served as a regional subject matter expert for workforce- and education-related issues in consulting with local and state policymakers to advance initiatives that grow the workforce in central IL. My greatest joy is working with individuals to release their superpowers! I enjoy serving as a group facilitator and teacher in and through Women Doing Well and am an instructor for middle school students through Junior Achievement.
I began my career as a clinical massage therapist. In that career, I educated and connected clients to preventative, whole-person strategies to assist in achieving health and professional goals. After I got burned out (because that career wasn’t aligned with my natural aptitudes!), I took a Highlands Ability Battery test which was a game changer. I realized that while my interests (“helping people”) were aligned to that career, my aptitudes were not! I made the switch to Human Resources and career coaching to leverage my diagnostic problem solving skills to find “workforce solutions” for people. I have been working in holistic workforce development for nearly 10 years as an organizational consultant and coach to help people prosper! I believe that the Highlands Ability Battery is so powerful because of its holistic approach to career development. Health and wealth are inextricably linked, and the Highlands is a powerful tool to make data-driven decisions about pursuing postsecondary training programs (both the return of investment and also how well-matched the career field is for our natural aptitudes).
Education and Certifications:
BA, Anthropology, Theology and Gender (Wheaton College)
US Chamber of Commerce Talent Pipeline Management Practitioner