I'm a native Californian, proud that my family was part of the Donner Party who blazed the Oregon Trail with fellow settlers and embedded the pioneer spirit in my DNA. Not surprisingly, I'm professionally a collection of side-hustles, a.k.a. a Renaissance Woman. I lived in Singapore where I wrote my first book, instigated an international pub-crawl to write another, regularly appeared on the Oprah Show as a socializing & gift-giving expert, produced broadcast tv segments & celebrity weddings, acted as a spokesperson for Starbucks, and edited my own magazine column. I've learned the advice, "you can accomplish anything you put your mind to," is true, and am grateful for that knowing. My life experience prepared me to become a mother to my daughter Ava, who came in way wiser than me! We surf, and golf while navigating life together. Our family mission statement is pretty simple; recognize that our real job is to enjoy our lives.
I'll leave you with this: I've had the privilege of partnering with wildly talented business leaders, individuals, producers and thought leaders. Through these partnerships, I gained an insider's perspective from attending, covering, and producing newsworthy events and learned to be perpetually curious. My passion for research, writing, social issues, and homemaking has connected me with the core goodness of people. My life experience has taught me to recognize good, that I can create great, and to love a challenge no one wants to take on.