Life coach, trainer and consultant with a passion for helping leaders and managers create positive, cohesive, productive, and collaborative work cultures throughout an organization. Ability to train leaders who wish to develop more skills in clear and effective communication, conflict resolution, and creating environments of high morale, mutual support, commitment to quality, growth opportunities, transparency, integrity, and sustainability. Integrative and comprehensive consulting approach, consisting of:- Partnering with organizations to achieve greater productivity and prosperity, with lower employee turnover and decreased chance of litigation.- Mentoring leaders across industries to develop inspiring missions, visions and values.- Guiding employees at all levels to develop positive engagement with the organization.- Working with people to find deeper satisfaction and meaning in their work and lives. - Utilizing creative and compassionate approaches to awaken people's great talents, instincts and aspirations.Successfully applied these principles to organizations internally within leadership capacities, while rigorously studying best practices from successful and fulfilled people from various disciplines and walks of life.
Dome Project - New York, NY
School tutor in an alternative school program to help at-risk children
Asian Youth Program - New York, NY
Co-coordinated mentors for a volunteer organization, which paired children from homes of domestic violence with students from Columbia University.
Empowerment Institute, founded by David Gershon and Gail Straub, is a consulting and training organization specializing in helping individuals, organizations and communities around the world achieve powerful, measurable, and sustainable positive change through visioning, inspiration, cognitive re-evaluation, actionable implementation, and mutual support. Its clients consist of corporations, public sector agencies and non profits - including Whole Foods Markets, NBC Television, Deloitte, and Aerosmith, Inc. Empowerment Institute’s programs have received many awards including Renew America’s top honor for community participation, EPA’s environmental quality award, and citations from the President's Council on Sustainable Development, U.S. Department of Energy, Oregon Department of Energy and a number of state environment and energy offices.
Sep 1997 - May 2001
Bachelor of Arts
Summa Cum Laude. Completed the Psychology Department's Honors Program, with a thesis in cognitive linguistic psychology.
Sep 2010 - Present
Founding Member - Board of Directors and Co-Spiritual Program Coordinator
Shantideva Meditation Center is dedicated to cultivating wisdom and compassion through the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism, in the lineage of H.H. Dalai Lama. Co-Responsibilities include:- Establishing broad policies and procedures- Ensuring financial stability and integrity through budgetary approval, fundraising, and ethical use of funds- Developing and implementing the Spiritual Program and ensuring educational integrity and quality- Assisting teachers with educational support and care- Communications and graphic design
Aug 2010 - Feb 2012
Art and Exhibitions Coordinator and Manager
Tibet House US is a cultural institution dedicated to presenting Tibet’s artistic, philosophical and scientific contributions to world civilization. Co-founded by Professor Robert Thurman, Richard Gere and Philip Glass, it collaborates with eminent artists, scholars, entertainers and philanthropists to inspire people to preserve and understand Tibet's unique heritage and contributions.- Selected artists in coordination with President and Executive Director for Gallery exhibitions- Curated most exhibitions and designed/managed all show installations- Designed all graphics and invitations- Directly managed sales, marketing and public relations
Feb 2008 - May 2010
Resident and Office Manager
Vajrapani Institute is a contemplative retreat center to help awaken people's highest potential for wisdom and compassion. It was the first center in the US to be founded by Buddhist masters, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. - Greeted and oriented guests, gave tours, and managed various administrative needs- Attended numerous teachings and retreats from touring and resident teachers- Managed a special event to celebrate the life and passing of founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe
Feb 2007 - Nov 2007
Adventurer, Photographer and Volunteer English Tutor
Actualized my dream of traveling to Asia and New Zealand, while teaching English to two joyous Tibetan Buddhist monk-artists and photographing temples, people and nature in Southeast Asia and New Zealand.
2003 - 2007
Vice President - Client Services
Wimba (now Blackboard, Inc. upon its successful acquisition) is a software company serving the online learning needs of higher education. It uses cutting edge technology to help educators reach new people and teach in collaborative, effective ways.- Hired and managed a client services staff responsible for the needs of 700+ educational institutions, mostly in higher education, with needs pertaining to software implementation, training, technical support, documentation, and software/server upgrades.- Managed the integration of the client services and technical support teams of 3 mergers within the company.