I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, colleague, business consultant, leadership coach, traveler, writer, and life-long learner.
I was born in Southern California. My mother was an entrepreneur, my father in law enforcement. Because my mom was born in Canada, we traveled there often. Beyond that and the occasional summer vacation in Vermont where my dad grew up, we had the typical So Cal family vacations: Big Bear, Lake Powell, and San Diego.
I can’t pinpoint the exact time I fell in love with travel. I was always interested in connecting with a bigger world. I majored in organizational psychology—the study of human behavior in the workplace. Organizational psychology has some similarities to travel; both involve an inquiry into human behavior in different cultures.
After graduate school, I took a job in Silicon Valley. In the 1990s, the area was booming. I started traveling for work immediately. In the first 5 years of my career I clocked over 500,000 miles recruiting new college graduates at universities across the United States.
In 1999, I took a new role in the Biotech industry for Genentech and continued to travel regularly. In 2009, when Genentech was acquired by a Swiss company, I was offered a position abroad. In early 2010, our family moved to Switzerland. As Head of Organizational Development for our manufacturing network, I made regular trips throughout Europe, and to Asia and Latin America.
Whenever possible, my husband and kids joined me. Travel had officially become a part of our lives.
Today, I run my own coaching and consulting practice out of California, providing me the freedom to do the work I love most and to travel as much as possible!
I was not the woman who knew what kind of parent I would be. What I did know is that I would meet and need teachers who would serve as guides and inspiration for the unknowing road that lay ahead.
In writing our Travel Moments With Kids, I realized that travel itself is a teacher. It has taught us so much about how to be parents, team players, and citizens of a community and the world. Travel makes us students of life.
Writing about our experiences has become an act of remembering and discovery.