I have been a strong-willed, no-nonsense kind of leader within the insurance market the majority of my career. I held leadership positions at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Permanente before being chosen to run Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange during the O’Malley administration in 2011. After that, I went on to work at University of Maryland Medical System Health Plans (UMMSHP) as a vice president. I love defining and implementing strategy, and I excel at working with other leaders.
Then why become an Executive Coach and CEOIQ Facilitator? Two reasons.
- The Exchange failed quite publicly. I firmly believe two things that drive my thinking of this situation. First, I believe that responsibility and accountability need to reside hand-in-hand – and therefore took accountability for the situation. Second, I believe that failure helps you grow – and so I took this as an opportunity to strengthen myself personally and professionally.
- In 2015, I as diagnosed with a massive brain tumor. Thankfully, it was benign and operable, which means I’m still here today. The surgery and subsequent recovery, though, were harder than I could have imagined. I found myself more vulnerable and thankful than I ever had been in my life; an interesting combination of perspectives that changed the way I view the world.
The combination of these two life events over the span of 2.5 years taught me humility, the value of vulnerability, the importance of optimism, how much impact you have on others when you don’t even know it, and how important it is to see beyond work stresses because they can so easily creep from work into home life.
More importantly, I realized I don’t want to be in charge anymore. But I really want to help others be in charge. I offer a wealth of expertise in maneuvering through politically-charged situations, first-hand knowledge of the stress of being in charge and a clear understanding of where emotion and passion fit into an organization. Let me help you grow your business faster with less stress.
I was born and raised in Baltimore county, and after attempting life in Florida, returned to the Towson area, close to extended family, where I live with my husband, daughter and 2 dogs. I have a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from University of Maryland. And albeit slower than I once was, I am still an avid runner.