I am an entrepreneur plain and simple. My choice has always been, and will always be, to get out there, connect and bring energy for what is possible.
My work began in the nonprofit sector in 2005. My sister Deborah and I set out to make a difference in our local community. We co-founded Sisters of the Community, (SOC) a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit org that connected people who wanted to give household goods with need.
In our first 18 months of operation, we distributed over 20,000 items. Arm-in-arm we would deliver items, then we opened a warehouse. In 2007 we retired SOC as the need for developing an on-line solution increased and we rolled out a dynamic website that exceeded expectations.
A few years later, in efforts for the program to take on new experience, the platform was moved to serve a community in the mid-west. Local operations came to an end in 2013.
My single largest take way is that people are generous, kind and will give if they know what the need is.
I remain humbled by the accolades received that include Regence BlueCross BlueShield Hero Award, Portland Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, Safeco Foundation National Hero Award, Delta Sigma Theta Woman of Excellence Community Service Award, Symetra Community Champion Award, an eTown.org e-Chievement award, AFP Outstanding Innovative Project Award, and being featured as a “Local Hero” in the national publication, Family Circle Magazine.
In the thick of driving, developing and marketing the on-line platform, I found that there was a void of time and space that encouraged “self” and separation from who we “are” and what we “do.”
Fall of 2009 I founded the Wild Women Society (WWS). Wild Women events were created to bring together women of all age, race, and background to encourage self-care.
The creation of this organization was when the “rubber met the road”. Everything in me began to take shape on a deep, passionate and intricate level. Today, WWS continues on under the propriety of Mary Gregoire, while I serve as Board President.
In 2012 I wrote “Little Book of Self-Care,” followed by “Little Book about a Gift” and “Little Journal.” Reviews of my books (HERE).
All of my beliefs, backed by life experience are mirrored in this online offering to the end that self-care is essential to everything 100% of the time.
Blessed is the woman whose feet hit the ground knowing her purpose and believing it matters.