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Leadership Speaker & Coach, Founder

Sample Speaking Topics

  • From the Pursuit of Happiness to the Presence of Happiness

    What if the Declaration of Independence got it wrong? 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 productivity 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.