I have always been very curious about how people learn – how context, emotions, and life experiences shape our ability to absorb new knowledge and translate it into meaning and action. This curiosity has anchored me throughout my career, from my first job in the learning and organization development field to my work today. I entered the field as a program coordinator at a large Boston-area hospital, where, for the first time, I saw how an individual’s growth, when multiplied across many individuals, can address broader, strategic organizational goals. This has served as a foundation for me since, including during my time at MIT, where I met Francine and Kande. While at MIT, I learned a great deal about the practice of leadership development and developed a particular interest in designing learning experiences that challenge leaders to stretch in new ways. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a variety of organizations to design programs that build the leadership capabilities of their leaders, from early-stage frontline managers to senior executives. The heart of my work lies in creating learning experiences that help people recognize their value as leaders, express their leadership voice with authenticity and confidence, and strengthen their strategic-thinking capabilities to bring about change and growth for themselves and for their organizations.
Most Satisfying Work
I thoroughly enjoy the early stages of the learning design process. In this period of discovery, I ask many questions, gather diverse perspectives, and listen deeply to understand the context of a client organization and diagnose their leadership development needs within that context. There is often a moment in this process when I start to decipher that what individuals see on the surface is masking an underlying need that is both invisible and unspoken, yet fundamental to the development of the organization’s leaders. This moment of discovery gives me great satisfaction and fuels my sense of purpose in designing leadership development experiences that are both relevant and impactful to individual learners and the client organization.
Frequently Used Theories and Tools
My work is grounded in theories about learning and human development that I was exposed to in graduate school. After working in the field of leadership development for many years, these theories have become very real for me – they are no longer abstract theories but rather guiding principles that serves as my compass throughout all that I do.
Certifications and Degrees
MEd, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Teaching and Curriculum
BA, Dartmouth College