Education

Education
Aug 2002 - May 2004

Master of Science

University of Kansas

Industrial and Organizational Psychology emphasizing:

  • Leadership and the keys to effective executive management
  • Change management
  • Group dynamics and diversity
  • Efficient and effective management strategies for corporate structure, policies and procedures
Aug 1981 - May 1985

Bachelor of Arts

University of Kansas

Work History

Work History
Oct 2005 - Present

Assistant General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary

General Electric Company

Support of $340 million business segment, with responsible for:

  • Participation in key strategic business issues
  • Advising senior management on legal strategies
  • Managing all risk functions, including corporate compliance, privacy and regulatory matters
  • Complex contract negotiations
  • Corporate governance
  • Employment issues
  • Litigation management
Mar 2004 - Oct 2005

Partner

The O’Byrne Group, LLC

Partner in boutique law firm with practice in corporate, federal compliance, and insurance law.

Feb 2001 - Mar 2004

General Counsel and Senior Vice President

The West Group, LLC

General Counsel and Owner of real estate sales and marketing consulting company.

Mar 1997 - Feb 2001

Assistant General Counsel

Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company

Assistant General Counsel

Negotiated, drafted, and reviewed all administrative, marketing and agency contracts.Provided legal support for broad range of issues, including corporate compliance, complex claims disputes, financial reporting, and general corporate matters.

Manager, Reinsurance Department

Negotiated, drafted and administered all accident, health and life reinsurance contracts. Provided management for compliance, complex claims disputes, and financial reporting.

Manager, Reinsurance Control and Self-Funded Operations

Supervised all accident, health and life reinsurance programs and operations of Managing General Agent network for sales of excess loss and group life coverage

Feb 1996 - Mar 1997

Agent/ Registered Representative

The Equitable Companies / AXA

Financial and risk management consulting services for business and individuals.

Nov 1994 - Jan 1996

Partner

West & Nye, PA

Law firm with practice in insurance, contracts, corporations, and alternate dispute resolution.

Sep 1991 - Nov 1994

Associate

Cousineau, McGuire & Anderson, Chtd.

Attorney in large insurance defense law firm with practice in professional liability, commercial liability, employment, personal injury, products liability, and construction litigation.

Sep 1988 - Sep 1991

Associate

Hays, McConn, Price & Pickering

Attorney in large insurance defense law firm with practice in professional liability, commercial liability, employment, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and products liability litigation.

Associations

Summary

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority

- Kenneth Blanchard

The world is simply moving too fast to remain an expert on anything.  The ability to influence others, to lead through authentic displays of empathy, understanding and social intelligence - these are the skills that a leader must possess in today's world.     

Managers instruct others to follow - Leaders influence others to follow the path they have created.   

Additional Education