About Me and Workplaces
I have a Masters in Organizational Psychology, and I’m an internationally certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication (also known as Compassionate Communication).
I also served as Training Director for the first sociocratic consulting firm in North America. (Sociocracy is an organizational methodology developed in a management laboratory in the Netherlands.)
I’ve spent more than 25 years helping teams from Hawaii to Budapest to resolve conflict and collaborate effectively – as a team member, leader and consultant.
I know from experience that the most satisfying and energizing experience in life is to be part of a productive and collaborative team (I include families in this), working together to make a difference in the world. You feel like you’re flying!
But I’ve also worked in places where I felt bruised and battered at the end of each day after painful and unproductive interactions with colleagues. Where the same conflicts came up over and over again, without getting resolved.
This fed my passion for supporting organizations to be places where everyone can thrive. Where each person does meaningful work they enjoy and are good at – as part of a supportive, collaborative and effective team, working toward a shared, inspiring vision.
I started my first “organization” at the age of 8, and I started team after team in high school, university, graduate school and beyond. Our teams operated collaboratively before I even heard the term.