my story.

my story.

"I started ListenForward to help CEOs, executive leaders and teams strengthen their performance, deliver sustained results, and make positive impact with and for the people they lead, the organizations they represent, and the customers and communities they serve."

Executive leaders and teams who "ListenForward" are ethical and values-driven. They lead through shared purpose, accountability, curiosity, agency, and trust. They take an outside-in approach, balance the discipline for continuous improvement with divergent thinking, and explore new pathways for growth. They are adaptive, decisive, and committed to a better future.  

Their experience influenced my ListenForward leadership principles...

Be present
Earn trust and model integrity
Be informed and continuously curious  
Be courageous
and values-driven
Master the power to listen and invite diverse perspectives
Be adaptive and decisive
Understand context and the connected system in which we live and work
Embrace the joy of exploration, ideas, and creativity
Blend compassion with candor  
Create shared purpose to make a sustained and positive impact

A modern business leader, accomplished chief people officer, graduate faculty member, and multi-certified executive and team coach, I opened ListenForward in early 2020. I spent almost four decades building, growing and transforming premier and high-growth global organizations across technology and Al; non-profit services and sports, digital media and publishing, and financial services. As a graduate professor, I designed and taught classes intersecting HR, strategy, technology, and the digital workplace. The foundation of my success was the ability to select, develop, and coach C-level leaders and help executive- and senior-level teams strengthen and sustain collective performance as they led the organization forward.

In addition to this practice, I serve as a retained Operating Partner and Head, Leadership Center of Excellence with Edison Partners, a premier growth-equity firm targeting high-growth financial technology, healthcare IT, and vertical SaaS and marketplace companies. I assess, coach and advise portfolio CEOs, executives and teams, and help chief people officers as they build and grow their companies. I am a member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches Agency. I also serve as executive coach and trusted leadership advisor with The DeLozier Group, a boutique talent practice focused on senior-level golf club and resort leaders and teams. I coach social entrepreneurs and mentor leaders through the Torch platform. I draw inspiration and gain wider context from a love of history, understanding world events, photographing people and places, modern art, my always growing and eclectic music collection, urban architecture and design, the innovative local business owner, and the personal stories of people I meet.  

The ListenForward name honors my parents, who as young adult refugees came to the U.S. with a suitcase and hope for a better life. They prevailed with a passion for exploration, purpose, and service. They inspired students and teachers around the world with stories of endurance, luck, and resilience. They asked future generations to learn from the past, listen to each other, and look forward with a sense of possibility.