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From the the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, my life has been full of incredible adventure, with many personal and professional twists and turns along the way. And one thing is for sure - I honestly can't ever recall feeling bored, not even for a minute.

I'm an INTP who lives the ethos of doing all the good I can and doing no harm, through a plant powered life and compassion to all living beings.

I have passion for the entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial, for launching and championing startups, social entrepreneurship, community based education and civic engagement. My career has been a mix of for profit and not for profit. Some have been my own successful entrepreneurial startups I developed and then left in the good hands of others to carry on. Others have been intrapreneurial work for established (sometimes Fortune 500) organizations. Over the past decade and a half, I have primarily focused my activities in these areas on human capital management, workforce development and community engagement.

I’m someone who loves to identify problems and develop systems to solve them. Among the many ways I have been described, the nicest are change agent, innovation architect, creative solutions engineer, and inquisitive.

When I am privileged to be invited to present at conferences or events, some of the topics I speak on are work readiness, disability as diversity in the workplace, employer branding, social networking, social recruiting, and collaborative community based partnerships.

In 2008, I made what I thought was a hard fast decision to ditch suits and bureaucracy for good - and devote the rest of my working days to more grassroots community based efforts in the not for profit arena. However, after two jobs that crashed and burned due to funding, the economy, lack of vision, and mismanagement, this year I decided to stop living in the nightmare of wondering if payroll would be met and hoping the doors would stay open. I returned to recruiting and HR for private for profit business. So far so good.... And I wear jeans to work - bonus.

My remaining volunteer gig is co-founder/organizer of NEPA BlogCon, a not for profit blogging / social media / digital marketing conference founded in 2012, held each fall in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and its benefactor, Squirrel Girls Tech Camp held each summer for girls grades 4-6. The conference was founded to help inspire and educate the regional business community in this part of Rust Belt PA to convert static websites to sites with the dynamic content clients and consumers began to expect and demand at the turn of the decade. Then camp came along when area schools lagged behind in providing compelling and current STEM activities in the area of computer coding at the elementary school level. As women organizers, we wanted to help ensure the girls we could reach had opportunities to succeed in spite of gaps in the system. In the past couple of years NEPA has caught up in these areas and our goals have largely been achieved. This year we'll wind down and cherish all we have accomplished.

Beginning 4th quarter of 2017, I will devote my newly gained personal time to vegan cheese making, crafts, and petting my cats.

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