I’m a a free spirit, a dreamer + a doer, both creative + business-savvy, equally left- + right-brained, and above all, a believer in fighting the fight to be yourself in a world that’s trying to make you everybody else (thanks, e.e. cummings).
I spent a decade in the corporate world, specializing in employee communications for the technology industry. Then in 2005, I launched NICO Inc. to help companies tell their story. As a brand + marketing consultant, I created fresh, honest, engaging content and communications for Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Pfizer, Kraft, American Express, Disney, NASDAQ, WebMD, and Ingersoll Rand; leading-edge, award-winning firms like SYPartners; innovative new technology companies, such as Limeade and SourceClear; and professional service firms like Sweeney Conrad (voted the 2016 #1 midsized accounting firm to work for in the U.S.).
In 2017, I blazed another new life trail. I closed my eyes and leapt from the entrepreneurial lily pad into a bigger pond of growth and potential, i.e, the tech roots where I cut my comms teeth. These days, I manage communications to Microsoft leaders and employees, partnering with HR to shape a new culture, prepare for the future of work, and attract and retain the people who will empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
I’ve been a storyteller since I could string a sentence together (ask my parents, who equipped me with a tape recorder and microphone on road trips). When I was 7, a notebook ousted the tape recorder and I penned my first short story, Nancy the Nanny Goat. Since then, I’ve published over 100 essays and articles in publications like the The New York Post, Fodor’s, Seattle Weekly, and The Seattle Times. Most recently, I wrote 100 life lesson essays in 100 days and shared my tales of life, love, and labor at CAKE&WHISKEY. When I’m not writing, reading, or telling stories, you’ll find me busting Pilates moves on the reformer and tower, cooking, Kindle-ing, devouring podcasts, laughing loudly, indulging my comedy nerdiness, and loving (or at least navigating) the wild adventure of long-distance marriage with my often-touring music-man husband.