My early years showed me what I didn’t want for my life. I had very little confidence. I was good at school (aka: I followed the rules), but it wasn’t until my 20s that I realized that no one was going to give me the life that I wanted – I had to create it for myself.
My success can be attributed to three main ideas:
1. the belief I had to have in myself (even on the hard days)
2. learning how to manage my money (oh yes!)
3. asking for help and finding people along the way I could learn from
I’ve built a career that allows me to travel, live 100% debt-free, do work I love, and work 10 months out of the year. The icing on the cake: getting to partner on projects like Money Date Night, with my husband, Colin Ryan.
To me, learning = life. I have an MBA in Organizational Development from Clarkson University. I’m an ICF Certified Executive Coach, a Leadership Champlain graduate, and recognized as a Rising Star (40 under 40) by Vermont Business Magazine.
When I’m not coaching, I’m working on initiatives focused on advancing women’s economic security and gender inclusion in workplaces.
Topics I like to speak about include: salary negotiation, gender and workplace culture, and entrepreneurship.