LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND COMMUNICATIONS
I design and execute leadership trainings and communications strategy for a variety of organizations—from Native American tribes to nonprofits to government agencies. I have a perspective that comes from working in multicultural organizations and communities and the experience of leading multi-generational teams.
I use improv as a vital component of my training and workshops. I’ve been studying at the Magnet Theater in New York City since 2013 under some of the most thoughtful and talented improvisers on the planet, including Elana Fishbein and Armando Diaz. I'm trained in improv comedy, musical improv, storytelling, and improv coaching.
In my experience, the core qualities of improvisers, like empathy, collaboration and fearlessness, are also the same ones we need to become authentic leaders. When we improvise, we create something that none of us could have created on our own. Over time, I've developed a belief that life can be this way as well—we don't know how it will unfold but leaders know that no matter what, we will figure it out, together.
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Japanese Language Ability
Branding & Identity
My Favorite Projects
I am proud of my work as both a writer and instructor for the pilot of Funny Girls, a curriculum that teaches young women leadership skills through improv. From collaboration to empathy to resiliency, we know that the key skills needed for improv are also the same ones for leadership. Funny Girls is run by the Harnisch Foundation, in partnership with the Magnet Theater and Pilobolus Dance Company.
For more than a decade I have worked with indigenous organizations including Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska with over 22,000 shareholders. I partner with Morgan Howard Communications, a Native-owned business in the Pacific Northwest. We have worked together on communications and storytelling strategy, from annual reports to a historic campaign to enroll the next generation of tribal members.
Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Efforts
After the Great East Japan earthquake in March 2011, I spearheaded efforts with the governor, consul general, and nonprofit leaders to create a coalition of 80 community-based organizations and companies in Washington state to raise money and awareness for recovery efforts.
The White House Project
In my role as VP of communications and strategy, I served as brand architect and culture steward at a national nonprofit working to elect women into office. I directed a comprehensive identity and branding process that included cultivating a new internal culture and managing team building and staff retreats. By working alongside trainers, we created leadership training modules and engagement strategy for 15,000 trained alumnae. The organization now exists as VoteRunLead.
Current & Past Projects
Current and past projects include work with the following:
- Funny Girls—The Harnisch Foundation
- National Grid
- Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
- Girl Scouts of Western Washington
- Girl Scouts of the USA
- Alaska Mental Health Trust
- Nisqually Indian Tribe
- Morgan Howard Communications
- The White House Project—VoteRunLead
- Riverdale Country School
- Columbia University, Teachers College Community School
- LEADPrep School
- Baruch College
- Major League Baseball
- Seattle Mariners
- World Baseball Classic
- The Clinton Foundation
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
- Japan Center for International Exchange
- Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington State
- Kizuna and Kakehashi Programs キズナ強化プロジェクト
- Laurasian Institution
- Northwest Society for Interior Designers
- TrainTracks Inc.
- Nyawela Consulting
- Nordic Heritage Museum
- Seattle Art Museum
- Center for Ethical Leadership