Many topics, but one core message: inspiring others to see and be their best. I’m proud to be a testimonial speaker and content expert on: career coaching; mid-career women in higher education; and patient advocacy. My experience ranges from small seminars, to live TV and radio interviews, to standing center stage before 100s of people.

Presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of any group. I look forward to helping you and your team achieve your goals. A sampling of previous engagements is listed below.

Career Coaching

Webinar, CV or Resume: What’s the Difference and Why it Matters, 2015

Spartan Insights Podcast. Introduction as MSU Alumni Association pre-vetted career coach, 2015

Invited Panelist, Expanding Careers for PhDs. MSU Graduate School, 2014

Expanding Careers for PhDs Conference 2014
Invited as panelist to share my journey with PhD students.

Panelist, Writing the dissertation: Navigating the final stretch. ACPA Annual Conference, 2010

Mid-Career Women in Higher Education

Lead presenter, Exploring journeys to empower voices. NASPA Region IV-E Women in Student Affairs (WISA) Conference, 2013

Moderator and panelist, Negotiating the middle: Mid-career mothers in student affairs. NASPA Conference; Women in Student Affairs (WISA) Knowledge Community featured presentation, 2011

Podium presentation, Mid-career mothers in student affairs: Negotiating multiple roles, like clockwork. MSU College of Education Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC), 2010

Poster presentation, High achieving academic women: Navigating multiple environments. Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference, 2008

Podium presentation, High achieving academic women: Where are we and where should we go, MSU College of Education Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC), 2008

Patient Advocacy

In 2008, our three year old son was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Since then, I’ve served as his advocate and a voice for patients and families impacted by childhood cancer.

Featured speaker, How Nurses Taught us to Care for Our Son and Each Other, MSU Nursing Student Association Meetings, 2012-2016


Making New Memories, Five Years Later,  Listen to Your Mother Metro Detroit Show, 2014 

Ambassador Family for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research, 2013

Featured in a three-part series on WLNS TV 6 Lansing for February 2013 sweeps. Third segment included two live on-air interviews.

Fundraiser and leadership team member of 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave Campaign national head-shaving events, 2011-2014

46 Mommas Shave for the Brave 2011
Ask me why I’m bald!

Met with Congressional reps lobbying for support of the Creating Hope Act, 2011

Visit to Capitol Hill 2011
Meeting with Congress to speak up and out for children with cancer.

Participated in and live-tweeted, the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, 2011

Guest, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Radio-a-Thon Fundraiser