I have worked at the forefront of women’s leadership development for more than 25 years. As an academic I examined the experience of women in roles of authority (not leadership) and turned theory into practice by launching Fine Line Consulting, a boutique firm that worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer, Schwab, Marriott and Goodyear. For 15 years we provided one-to-one coaching to their high potential and executive level women.

A move to California following 911 led to work in Silicon Valley at Apple, Cisco, KPG, and VMware. In 2009 I was hired by VMware as VP Leadership Development and Organizational Consulting. I later  led Global Talent Development and launched VMwomen, a business initiative designed to attract, retain, develop, and advance talented women.

In 2015 I returned to the work I love, accelerating the career advancement of talented women through executive coaching. I live in the San Francisco Bay area and work remotely as well as locally with clients.



When I first began coaching women leaders I had a favorite mantra: Have confidence in your competence. It still applies today.

I believe that any change begins with addressing what we think  since that impacts what we feel which in turns influences how we act. In other words,

Achieving success is an inside out process.

I help a client focus on  real work in real time. We dive into her most pressing issues and through that refine her strategies for long-term success.

My ideal client is a senior level or high potential woman who wants to accelerate her career and business success.  Engagements are for six months and often are extended to address new challenges and opportunities.

For an introductory conversation to explore working together, please contact me.


From Convent to Corporate, a 258-page memoir, chronicles my journey from the convent to academia and through entrepreneurship to corporate life. It’s a story that offers wisdom, insight, humor and heartache but above all a little moxie to women today as they mobilize to stand up and speak out.

My story traces one woman’s journey to find her voice and speak with authority. It answers the question posed by American poet and author Muriel Rukeyser: What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?

My hope is that the book and the truth it contains will support and enable other women to find their courage and confidence, speak their truth, and exercise authority as well as leadership effectively. 

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