I’m a former Corporate America Participant, having worked most of my 20s in the fast-paced conference industry at one of the top organizations in the field. I developed high quality content for financial events and cultivated several fabulous personal and professional relationships along the way.
At the age 26, I was promoted to head of the division, with 7 direct reports and a multi-million dollar budget, and I made the position my own for nearly 3 years, growing the business and driving real change within the organization.
Sike – it wasn’t that easy. I was witness (and participant) to a tough work environment and found myself getting sucked into something that didn’t ring true to my values. I was making good money and learning a ton, but was unfulfilled, burned out, sad and scared of never knowing when and how the next battle would be waged, and I developed a pretty rockin’ (read: not rockin’) case of rosacea.
Don’t get me wrong – I am eternally grateful for my experiences there and the skills I have learned. Some of my best friends and closest confidants are from relationships from that time of my life. But most of all, I am grateful that my tenure there taught me more of who I am and what I do and don’t want for my life. It also taught me what it means to be a woman in the workforce and how sometimes the odds can seem insurmountable.
One (typical) late Wednesday night, I was taking the subway home from the office to my apartment in Brooklyn and I caught a glimpse of myself in the window across from me. Let’s just say that was a crucial moment in what was about to happen next. In other words, I looked completely miserable. And I was only 28.
In January 2012, I decided to make some big moves to figure out what was next- by moving to South America alone. Bye, New York! I got an apartment in Buenos Aires and signed up on day 1 for intensive 4+ hours per day Spanish classes. I volunteered at an NGO. I traveled through Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and Uruguay with friends I met along the way or alone. I became my best possible self. Oh, and the rosacea disappeared completely- it was incredible.
I came back home with a greater sense of purpose than I’ve ever felt, and I told myself I never wanted to lose this ‘best possible self’ feeling ever. I wanted to show up every day of my life with integrity, intent and love. I decided that to do this, I’m dedicating my life to helping women:
- get in touch with what they truly want
- understand what is holding them back from achieving it and
- help them put into action solid foundational plans we create together to
accomplish what they want without comparing themselves to others- that promotion, a move across the country, starting their own business or making time for themselves and their relationships so they can be truly fulfilled.