I want to tell you all the things that will make you like me enough to work with me or find my work valuable or share my content, basically, fall in love with me. So, I'll write this bit and we'll see how things shake out.
I'm a mom to two awesome kids, Alex and Katie. They are pretty close to my everything. I left a 19 year career (for the fact-checkers, I rounded up to 19 since I was two months shy) in the public sector, doing work I felt really good about. However, I began to miss them a lot and they definitely missed me. My daughter would cry when I left for work travel and the parents on my son's baseball team had no idea who I was. If you want a gut punch kind of moment, have another parent say, "We haven't seen you before, Do you have a kid playing in this game?" Ugh. And I know this about myself; I'm driven and I like goals. I wanted to be a formal leader in that organization, which would have meant more time away from the kids, either with a super long and sucky commute or out of town assignments.
After a lot of reflection, I made the decision to take skills I had been honing for 19 years plus data visualization skills I gained over the last six years and I decided to leave my very healthy career to become a solopreneur. And during the last six years, I built an amazing network of specialists. I created community. I was recognized by a super-large community as a main contributor; a giver. And I love it. I love seeing the community thrive.
I've had a lot of rollercoaster moments, but I love what I do. I have always loved learning and science and so for me, adding me as a passionate entrepreneur who wants to serve + data + psychology) = super connected communties. Of course, I had to write in a math sentence (what else would a nerd do?). But I've got to tell you, this work lights me up!!
I also have a corporate side, Analytics to Inform, where I serve the data visualization and Tableau niche through training. I get to teach people the fundamentals and help the learn more, earn more, and do more good.
So I'll finish by telling you that if you connect with me on Instagram, you'll likely see my kids, my dog, what I'm reading, karate, strength training, volunteer work (oh hey Junior League and girls+data) or coffee in my stories. I feel like with coffee and a good lift, all things are possible.
And one last note... It's important to me to give back. So I have pledged that when my net income tips over a certain threshold for the year, 10% of my profit will fund the Pretty Strong Smart Scholarship for graduating girls who exhibit leadership qualities to go into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields in college. I founded Pretty Strong Smart as a way to help girls and women become empowered and to close the gender gap in STEM careers.
If you read this novel, thank you!! I would love to connect with you on a one on one for a virtual coffee chat. I LOVE connecting with people. I believe in genuine connections! So if you're up for it, click that button below to schedule a virtual coffee chat.