I was born and raised in a small town in Missouri.
Growing up there has had a huge influence on my attitudes, my personality and my life. The values it instilled – to help people, to do the right thing and to be yourself – stayed with me my whole life.
It also made me determined to travel, explore the world, and embrace my entrepreneurial side, which I was exposed to by my first role model, my father.
Throughout my career I have taken risks. I live by the philosophy of growing because standing still is not an option. Personally I must always be learning, evolving and moving forward.
I moved to London in 1999 to develop new revenue streams in shopping centres in Europe for a retail real estate company.
Finding myself redundant, I had the choice of moving back to the USA to continue a corporate career or staying in the UK and starting my own business.
I chose the second option.
The business I built, Retail Profile Europe, specialises in developing new revenue streams for shopping centres and working with start-up retailers. My experience now spans three continents.
As a forum member for 13 years, I know from personal experience the benefits of both belonging to a forum and of the training it can offer. It is through my forum that I have developed my leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
I am a certified forum facilitator for YPO and I have worked with over 1,200 business owners in 20 countries, across six continents.
In 2014 I founded Bold Clarity which provides facilitation, coaching and training to entrepreneurial leaders, CEOs and their leadership teams, and for peer groups. I work exclusively with the business owners, facilitating retreats and providing bespoke training courses.
I give keynote speeches at international events on a range of topics, including leadership, negotiation, business partnerships, retail and international business expansion.
Qualifications and certifications:
- YPO-WPO Certified Forum Facilitator
- EOS Professional Implementer
- EO Certified Trainer & Strategy Summit Facilitator
- Trained Co-Active Coach® at the Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
- Registered Growth Coach for GrowthAccelerator
- Partnership Mentor with the Key Person of Influence
I am passionate about business and entrepreneurship, and my mission is to help entrepreneurs, CEOs and leadership teams get more from their business.
Quickfire Q and A
Who or what has been your biggest inspiration?
I was determined to go beyond my small town and experience the world. I’ve done that through working internationally, building businesses in multiple countries and travelling to train CEOs, business owners and entrepreneurs around the world
When you look back on your life, what is one thing you want others to remember you for?
I want to be remembered for always being willing to help other people, whether by providing a recommendation, facilitating a connection or by helping them to see a situation from a different angle – a new awareness.
If you could be stuck in an elevator with anybody, who would that be?
Queen Rania of Jordan. She is a female leader in the Middle East who combines the role of mother, politician and human rights campaigner. She’s a fantastic role model.
What are your passions as a businesswoman?
- Building an amazing network
- Recommending a product, business or service that I love
- Connecting people who will help each other
- Having an entrepreneurial approach – looking at it from all angles and turning it upside down
- Building partnerships where 2 + 2 = 7
- Creating and aligning business culture where people love the company
- Helping to create very profitable business