For nearly 40 years and counting, I've mentored entrepreneurs and business owners who share my quest for fun and profit. Now during one week each month, furthering passion projects the rest of the time, I work one-on-one with fellow experienced consultants in my mentoring program, Next Chapter.
From sole proprietor start-ups and mom & pop shop owners to multi-million-dollar-funded gazelles, I've consulted with hundreds of companies from various industries, creating growth and marketing strategies. A five-time entrepreneur who also co-founded three not-for-profit organizations, I was instrumental in developing business plans for several entrepreneurship support programs funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. I also taught for more than a decade the locally-acclaimed Business Edge course for mobank that turned hundreds of Greater Kansas City-area business owners into entrepreneurs.
An effective marketing strategist, I also have worked in every form of media that goes into designing programs, content marketing, and products – from digital and print publishing, site and software design, email broadcasting, television and radio appearances and production, audio and video production, licensed merchandise, live events, and speaking engagements.
I was an early member of the curated invitational Forbes Coaches Council and a frequently quoted media source, having appeared in the Wall Street Journal, NPR’s Marketplace, and Good Morning America. I was honored as one of three women KC Makers, selected from among 50 nominees for my work in entrepreneurship.
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music, Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University. Even decades into a prolific career, I continue to build knowledge through my own entrepreneurial ventures’ development and independent study.
Recently, I founded Dodiodo, Inc., to collaborate with experts who can distribute my portfolio of intellectual properties to the entrepreneurship, equestrian, and entertainment markets.
I live in Hyde Park in Kansas City, Missouri, and can be found riding horse Taye in choreography to music, dancing the samba, or binge watching with media cat Fiona.