Transplanted my family – in February 2015, I shared with my husband the idea of moving to a Spanish-speaking country. By October, we were living in Costa Rica. BOOM!
Built our dream home – I/we designed and project managed the building of our home. We were responsible for all the decisions AND we are still married (it is not an easy process when making 793 choices each day!).
Became one with the natural environment – I am a certified permaculture designer and I love the tools and frameworks that can be integrated into life to make it even more fulfilling and sustainable. Here’s my presentation.
Co-created a school – designed many of the operations and communications systems at Casa Sula, a blossoming alternative school in the jungle.
Wrote a book – researched and wrote the Amazon best-selling book Green Wisdom: How to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team. Featured companies include Dr. Bronner’s, Alaska Airlines, Badger Balm, Mountain Rose Herbs and more (plus, the foreword was written by the amazing Christiana Figueres, the author of the Paris Agreement).
Completed an MBA – curriculum solely focused on sustainable business at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.
Founded Alegria Partners – a consulting company that supports Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and non-profits to develop and reach specific, measurable sustainability and climate change goals.
Founded EcoTuesday – a national networking forum that facilitated vital connections and essential change in the sustainable business community (spanning 300 events in 12 cities over six years).
Convener of women – I have founded and led circles of all sizes and flavors over the past 20 years.
Globe traveler – lived and worked in several countries to interview the CEOs of some of the biggest companies in the world (such as Sony, Toyota, Schneider) a few years before heading out on my own with my backpack for a year.
Director of Operations of Pava, Inc. (the made-up name for the entity of our family) – my most demanding, rewarding and thankless position that I usually love and sometimes dislike. Yeah, you know all that comes with being responsible for all the daily stuff of a family.