About

With over 20 years of experience working in progressive human resources roles at privately-held, nonprofit, and/or founder-led organizations, I have first-hand knowledge of the client experience. Unlike many who work in search and consulting, I've been on the inside the majority of my career, partnering with leaders on recruitment, hiring, talent development, process improvement, change management and integrated strategic planning. I've lived with - and learned from - the results, and this accountability gives me an advantage as a consultant. I help clients 'see around corners' and anticipate outcomes. 

I've led or supported a range of functions including talent acquisition, leadership and organizational development, inclusion and engagement, employee relations and internal communications. The scope of my experience is enterprise-wide, as both a strategic business partner and a hands-on practitioner. 

In other words: I get the big picture... and I also get the details right. 

The reboot

I've engaged as a client with retained search firms on dozens of senior leadership hires, spanning many business functions. These experiences were mostly good and occasionally exceptional. The rare occasions when something went awry presented learning opportunities for everyone (to use a well-intended euphemism.) It was a passing thought in the past, but I began to seriously consider executive search as a professional path for myself when a mentor said, "Duh! You'd be a natural at it. And hey - we all need a reboot once in a while." 

But I wondered: do I have the right experience?

DUH. 

In 2017 I joined one of the top executive search firms in Minnesota, LymanDoran. I quickly discovered that my background and HR chops were unique assets for a search consultant. It was a great move and I haven't looked back since! In fact, I launched my independent consulting business in July, 2018 and continue to work with the talented team at LymanDoran on a project-basis.

"We all need a reboot once in a while."
Minneapolis is home.

Minneapolis is home.

Iowa roots.

Iowa roots.

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Career history  

LinkedIn

Education  

B.A. with honors from the University of Northern Iowa. SHRM-certified for 10+ years. Enthusiastic lifelong learner (see LinkedIn) with a keen ear for podcasts, but there are no professional credentials for that.

Values

It's important we're on the same page as client/consultant partners. Do these values resonate with you?

Other pursuits

My madcap family, rescue dogs, all kinds of art and playing LP's on our 1956 Magnavox console. 

 

Values

Hiring the right consultant is tricky. Beyond checking credentials, you should consider the following:

Will this person represent our company well?

Do our values align?

Will I enjoy working with this person?

To have a great client-consultant partnership, you should say 'yes' to all three.   I approach my work with these values in mind...

 

Innovation

Honor tradition and challenge status quo.

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Courage

Admit and learn from mistakes.

Gratitude

Wag more, bark less.

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inclusion

Listen for what goes unsaid.

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initiative

Don't wait to be asked.

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Levity

Life is hard. Humor is the antidote!