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Leadership Speaker & Coach, Founder

Sample Speaking Topics

  • From the Pursuit of Happiness to the Presence of Happiness

    What if we’re supposed to replace the Pursuit of Happiness with the Presence of Happiness? I work with leaders through live group coaching and a playful and evocative presentation (I sing!), revealing surprising insights into how we aim this drive for "more" in the direction of inspiration and connection with our colleagues, community, and planet.

  • Emotional Intelligence at Work Begins In Your Own Head

    All of the innovation, creativity, and imagination you seek is just beyond a habit of judgment. In this presentation (also available in a workshop), you will learn specific, scientific methods of making your own mind into a mature, playful, empathic playground, shifting the way you relate to yourself, colleagues, and your job, for good.

Experience

  • Speaker & Workshop Facilitator, "The Vulnerability Experiment", The Aspen Institute & TED Conferences

  • MC, TEDx Oxbridge, Said Business School, Oxford University

  • Speaker & Panel Moderator, "Overcoming Overwhelm", Motion Picture Television & Arts Foundation

  • Speaker, U.S. State Department Documentary Showcase, Beijing & Guangzhou China

  • Speaker, Pachamama Alliance, San Francisco

  • Speaker & Facilitator, “Emotional Intelligence”, Bezos Scholarship Program

  • Panelist, “Social Visionaries of Tomorrow”, TED Conference

  • Panelist, United Nations Global Insight Summit, Jackson Hole Film Festival

  • Panelist: Sundance Film Festival, "The Double Bottom Line: Can it Work?"

  • Speaker, Making Your Media Matter Conference, American University

  • Speaker, "Harnessing Your Authenticity in Business", General Assembly, Santa Monica, CA

Biography

I have spent 20 years immersed in what motivates human beings to engage with themselves and the world. I have examined the question, “What inspires people to live fully connected, curious, and purposeful lives?” After serving as a White House intern and graduating from the American University School of International Service, I headed west to pursue socially relevant storytelling. I spent over ten years in the film and media business making Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated films at GOOD for HBO, Paramount, and Showtime (WHICH WAY HOME, BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA, RACING DREAMS, SON OF RAMBOW, THE OTHER SHORE: THE DIANA NYAD STORY).

After a decade of social entrepreneurship and producing movies, I started questioning the game of “success” I was supposedly “winning.” I became a TED Fellow in India, went on pilgrimage with Tibetan monks in India and Nepal, and traveled around China as a delegate for the State Department Documentary Showcase. I then spent the next ten years studying behavior and consciousness around the world including a Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology, time spent with the Sapara and Achuar tribes in the Amazon Rainforest, and working for Education Reformer Sir Ken Robinson.

I founded the consultancy Inner Astronauts to invite people to shift from the relentless pursuit for "more" (achievement, money, love) and into aligned purpose and authentic contribution. I work with leaders from Hollywood to Silicon Valley and around the world through 1:1 coaching and a playful and evocative presentation (I sing!), revealing surprising insights into how we aim this drive for "more" in the direction of inspiration and connection with our colleagues, community, and planet.