I’ve been in marketing since 1999. That pretty much makes me a mom and marketer rolled into one. A scary combination used for the good.
Above all else: I’m a mom first. One boy, one girl. My daughter has special needs. She’s opened us up to a whole new world filled with amazing people. It’s been a very long journey that has taught me compassion and understanding.
I grew up: in Silicon Valley long before that name became so popular. I played in our great grandparent’s apricot orchards with my sisters when we were kids. That happened to be across the street from what became Apple’s campus in Cupertino, Ca. I watched the whole tech evolution and then left to live in the Valley of the Sun.
I got started: working at a flower shop. I watched a small business thrive and then die in a few years. A valuable experience that set the tone for my career. I still love to create beautiful flower arrangements.
I earned my stripes: working in the marketing department at Extreme Networks in Santa Clara, Ca. I started just after their IPO and before the dot com bust. I was the marketing assistant who supported a VP and five directors. I had a pager and my cell phone was the size of a small box. I thought I hit the big time and had no idea what I was doing!
My co-workers love that I: am super organized. I’m sure it’s completely annoying at the same time.
How I got started blogging is: a long story you can read here.
Where am I going to be in five years: is a answer I’ll never get right, but I can tell you the three goals I’m working on this year.
My energy outside of work is spent on: my kiddos and hubs. Married for 20 years.
I reward myself by: enjoying a cocktail and Mexican food. Sometimes together, sometimes not.
On my perfect day off I would: go horseback riding, blog and read, make pancakes with my kids and enjoy a date night with my hubs.
A game changer for me was: the day my sister told me she had ovarian cancer.
The life changer was: watching her die from it and then learning how to live without her.
My latest obsession: is researching ways I can help my daughter, learning about local special needs support and connecting with other moms who have special needs kids. My focus on supporting my daughter led me on a pretty amazing inclusive playground journey you should check out!
What matters to me: is that I’m always learning and always laughing.
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