how I got here
As a recovering overachiever who had spent most of my career in high-growth tech companies building products and teams, I lived my life chasing external validation, convincing myself that true happiness would accompany the next accomplishment.
The harder I pushed, the more I began to feel less "me", pretending to be someone I wasn't. Outside, I looked successful, but inside, I was deeply dissatisfied and knew I didn't belong. The ladder I was climbing was leaning against the wrong wall.
Turning inward, I began questioning the scaffolding of my identity that had defined most of my adult life. With guidance and coaching, I gradually began seeing and understanding my beliefs, and their effects, more clearly. Every moment of insight brought more connection with a more authentic me.
From this newfound awareness, I rediscovered an innate ability we all have but too easily give away: the power to choose what we give meaning to. To paraphrase Marcus Aurelius, the quality of our lives depends on the quality of our thoughts.
These shifts have been so powerful for me that I've dedicated myself to a path of helping others become as successful as they want to be, as (re)defined on their terms. I've repeatedly witnessed that when leaders welcome and express their authentic selves, they become more effective, innovative, and inclusive - and give others permission to do the same.