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 grow 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.
Since launching the business in the UK, I have experienced all the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur. The business failed, we restarted and rebuilt it and expanded to two European countries. Then we merged with the largest competitor in the sector, Space and People PLC.
The company now has offices in London, Glasgow, Hamburg, Moscow and Delhi and its turnover exceeded £30 million and I have successfully exited.
In 2003, I became a member of the global non-profit, Entrepreneurs Organisation, where I learn from a peer group of entrepreneurs.
Since joining I held various volunteer leadership positions, become a certified forum trainer and strategy summit facilitator and coached and trained the owners of multi-million dollar businesses. I have worked with thousands of business owners in 20 countries, across six continents.
I give keynote speeches at international events on a range of topics, including leadership, negotiation, business partnerships, retail and international business expansion.
I am on the advisory board of Aspire Companies, which provides coaching and development for women, as well as supporting the Aspire Foundation, which offers mentoring for women and girls.
In 2014 I founded Bold Clarity which provides facilitation, coaching and training to entrepreneurial leaders, CEOs and their leadership teams, and for peer groups.
Qualifications and certifications:
- EOS Professional Implementer
- YPO-WPO Certified Forum Facilitator
- 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
- Certified Kolbe Consultant
I am passionate about business and entrepreneurship, and my mission is to help entrepreneurs, CEOs and leadership teams get more from their business.