CITIZEN

 

When it comes to improving the world, I am not a physical caretaker. I do not excel at feeding, bandaging, cleaning, and clothing. But I am pretty good at helping people break out of thinking patterns that have made them feel trapped. So usually my contribution is in the form of coaching, counseling, guiding, or facilitating.

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WHO & HOW

Helping small business owners think their way out of financial corners.

Because I have succeeded and failed in business, I am hard to surprise. Struggling business owners come to me when they don’t know where else to turn, and I help them see possibilities they never knew existed.

Diffusing complicated interpersonal situations between coworkers.

Managers and employees ask me to help them figure out how to get along with each better.

Counseling youth who are making big decisions about their futures.

I have spent many years working with teenagers and young adults in my church and community, guiding them to options they hadn’t previously considered.

Coaching frustrated job seekers and job changers.

I’m good at helping unemployed and underemployed folks articulate their strengths and discover how to make a living by playing to those strengths.ted.

Leading people through crises.

I am calm under pressure and good at helping people function when they are afraid.

Making order out of chaos for growing organizations.

With my project management training and a knack for helping people reach clarity, I sometimes get asked to help non-profits and other groups organize their data, processes, papers, and tasks.

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES

  • Disaster Action Team Leader for Red Cross of Northern Utah (2011-12). Led an emergency response team that assists people displaced from their homes and workplaces by fire or natural disaster.
  • Three-Week Humanitarian Mission to Moscow, Russia (2010). Helped digitize project records for humanitarian work in fourteen countries and created standardized reporting formats for use across Eastern Europe.
  • Community Emergency Response Team Certified (2010). Trained on how to assist my neighbors in the event of a major incident.
  • Board of Directors and Credit Committee for non-profit Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund (2003-07). Helped oversee operations, evaluated business plans of emerging entrepreneurs, and coached them on how to stay in business.
  • Marketing advisor for Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund (2004-2005). Helped the organization restructure its marketing activities so as to reach more small business owners in need.
  • Counselor for Service Corp of Retired Executives (2001-02). Helped business owners articulate their goals, assess their finances, and raise money.
  • Youth Leader in church and Girl Scouts (various dates). Helped children and young women reason their way through problems.

Lee Ann Womack

“And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”

Orson Scott Card

“Every person is defined by the communities she belongs to.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”

KC Holmes

“We’re only as far away as the next good idea.”