I grew up in a remote Eskimo village in Alaska where we had to hunt, grow, and gather our food if we wanted to survive. This taught me the basics of becoming a badass business maven: being disciplined, persevering when things get rough, and showing up, even when I don’t want to.
I was a nude model in my 20s, even though I had low self-esteem. This taught me about setting myself apart in business: to “fuck your fears and dare to be different” by expressing myself in a way that made me feel confident, beautiful, powerful, and unique.
I’m a serial volunteer in the community - watching other people’s personal growth is everything. In 2008, I spent 6 months providing ESL tutoring to an African refugee family from Burundi. The mom spoke no English, she couldn't drive, and had 5 kids. Fast forward 3 years when I ran into her at the grocery store - she had driven herself there and was shopping with her kids and because she could speak English she had gained her independence... I literally broke down crying because I was SO very happy to see her succeeding and thriving.
This was the single most humbling and rewarding experience of my life. To see someone with drive, determination and tenacity MAKE IT. This taught me about coaching: the power of community and the gift of lifting another human up so they can reach their highest potential.
And perhaps my favorite claim to fame - Intel had a lifesize cardboard cutout of me made to showcase my dedication as a volunteer role model. My work there taught me about running things: when you’re in a position of leadership, you HAVE to be organized with processes and systems in place if you want to be effective.