I’m a mom, marketing professional, Rotarian, former elected official, and native Minnesotan, among other things. Although actions speak louder than words, words can spur people into action.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Gandhi
So why The Art of Woo? While Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is all about defeating the enemy, this blog, The Art of Woo, is all about Winning Over Others (WOO).
Our society, and to some extent our world, has become so polarized that we’ve lost sight of making the world a better place for every living thing on the planet. Progress, problem solving, and true innovation happens through collaboration and compromise with the end goal of creating solutions that benefit all concerned.
The Art of Woo is focused on making progress by working with and winning over others.
I’m proud to be a native Minnesotan. I grew up in the northern suburbs of St. Paul and graduated from Mounds View High School. My family valued education and I was the first in my extended family to graduate from college. I attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business with an accounting major. I later earned my Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas with a major in marketing.
I have held senior positions with a number of technology companies including Director of Marketing and President of a small financial software company. My professional experience has taught me how to think strategically, manage budgets, and work effectively as a member of diverse teams.
On the personal side, I’ve been fortunate to travel the world and experience other cultures. Later in life, after many adventures and rewarding professional experiences, I was fortunate to have my daughter Braden. She is an energetic, curious sixth-grader that has brought a blast of energy and joy to my life. Braden and I share a love of music, reading, crafts, and enjoyment of the great outdoors.
Before Braden was in Eden Prairie schools, I began my education related volunteer work. I ran communications for the successful 2004 referendum campaign. I was the lead consultant for a Habitat for Technology project that teamed high school students with professionals like me to build websites for small businesses. I also taught marketing at a summer entrepreneurship camp at the high school that helped students learn how to make their dreams to start their own businesses a reality.
In 2007 I was sucessfully elected to the Eden Prairie School Board. I was proud to serve as Chair in 2010, the year the board voted to make major changes to benefit all students. Change sometimes comes at a price and I was not re-elected in 2011. While I enjoyed my time on the Board, not being a Board member freed me to serve in other ways.
In January 2012, I became a member of the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Club. Rotary has opened up a world of opportunities, literally, to serve others.