After a successful career in healthcare leadership, I am focusing on helping others grow their leadership skills. My career began as a registered nurse and years later I was honored to be Mayo Clinic's first female Chief Administrative Officer in its 150-year history. Along the way, I worked in a variety of challenging leadership roles as an innovator and thought leader, transforming organizations and growing profits.
My career was successful because I realized early on that business is a game with rules, both written and unwritten. These business principles govern who gets promoted and who is overlooked. Many of these rules are difficult for women to uncover -- especially as they climb the ladder into management, administration and high-level leadership positions. I have a keen interest in helping others -- men and women -- develop satisfying and successful careers and to move into director, vice president and CEO roles.
I am committed to helping leaders grow via an understanding of the rules of business as well as "Just Respect (TM)," a concept which has served me well throughout my career. To that end, I offer consulting, training and speaking as well as share my insights through books, articles and blogs.
Education is another one of my interests. I am serving as Special Advisor to the President and Professor of Practice in the W. P. Carey School of Business and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University as well as lecturing at Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
I serve on the corporate boards of Sentry Insurance, RTI Surgical, Inc. and Traverse Global Healthcare as well as on the Michigan State University College of Nursing Board of Visitors and the Women Business Leaders Advisory Board.