Professionally, I am known as a pioneering entrepreneur, visionary, and coach with a heart for business ownership, and a no-nonsense, yet warm, style. I have been described as a “voice of reason”, and a powerhouse combination of truth, resilience, courage, compassion, and insight, with a dynamic presence that inspires and commands a “stepping into” one’s best self. I am also sometimes referred to (affectionately) as the “Danish Warrior Princess” or “the Civility Lady”, depending on who you talk to!
I am Co-Founder and President of a nationwide, satellite-based communications provider, OptiStreams, Inc, which offers leading-edge Internet connectivity and data solutions for government, military, commercial, and rural markets. Founded with my husband, Jon, we pioneered and provisioned satellite Internet connectivity for over 6000 professional locations nationwide and had a key honor of being ranked #140 on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies list for 2004. Our company is currently in its 16th year of operation.
Prior to these enterprises, I founded the National Initiative for Civility Encouragement (n.i.c.e.), where I trained and consulted professionals in how to create more respectful and responsible work environments, which continues to be one of my most popular speaking and training topics today. I am passionate about freedom and believe we cannot have it without responsibility. The more we understand how connected we really are with one another and learn how to engage each other with respect, we can lead every one of our relationships, our businesses, our country and our world in a more positive direction. It is a vision I hold, and a topic I remain passionate about.
In addition to the above, my experience and background includes: adult education, non-profit management, public relations, business process reengineering, sales and marketing, and team building.
I am a graduate of Coach University and have a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fresno. I also consider myself as having earned a PhD in business through the “School of Business Body Blows”!
Me and the dog that never leaves my side … my buddy, Winston. Came to me through Sunny Saints Saint Bernard Rescue in Southern California. Lucky me.
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