Born and raised in Georgia, my journey began amid strict rules and traditional gender roles. With courage, time and spiritual growth, I challenged those restrictions. After attending Georgia Southern University, working as a legal administrator, paralegal and manager along the way, I landed in a large Atlanta law firm, eventually joining the executive staff, and becoming the first Diversity & Inclusion Manager. I was honored to receive Diversity Leadership Award from Alston & Bird, in 2009. My intense passion for inclusiveness and to help individuals and organizations reach their greatest potential fuels my work.
From 1994 to 1996, amidst motherhood, in a foreshadowing of my own speaking career, I started a children’s theater company, producing 14 plays, complete with script-writing, acting-coaching and coordination.