Empowerment is not a zero-sum game.

Unfortunately, most of the world treats it that way, where one side must take from another. Where there’s a battle. A winner and a loser. In my keynotes and workshops with people around the world, from female founders in Nepal to undergrads at Harvard, and from small business owners to seasoned Fortune 100 executives, we take the concepts of leadership and empowerment and turn them inside out.

With my toolkit in hand, audiences leave our time together with an entirely different viewpoint about what it means to be empowered, and a framework to support it. How can I help your organization today?





Speaking Tour: Women’s Entrepreneurship
U.S. Department of State
Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai & Kolkata, India, September 2017

The Concordia Project in Nepal: Panel on Indigenous Women
61st Commission on the Status of Women
UN Headquarters, New York, February 2017

Closing Keynote: Women in Business Week
Harvard University
Boston, April 2015




  • Are You a Leader or Task Manager?

    When I see clients running around, never quite getting ahead of the ball, my inner anthropologist kicks in. Such frenzied activity offers important clues which tell me those clients: (1) haven’t delegated enough; (2) are at the mercy of their calen...

  • If You’re the Company Founder, You Probably Shouldn’t Be the CEO

    That may seem counterintuitive. Who better to lead the company than the person who created it? What many founders fail to realize, however, is that a vision and its evangelization is nourished with a certain kind of fuel — and it’s very different...

  • Why the Children of Immigrants are Essential to Innovation

    When I was growing up, there was no label for my cultural situation; I was just hyper-aware of being different from my friends. My dad had a funny Italian accent, and mom a Scottish lilt, and we were all making our way here in the......

  • The New COO is a People Development Officer

    The new world of a Chief Operations Officer (COO) often looks like a world with no actual building. Often it comprises a virtual operation with teams stretched across multiple cultures and time zones. So how does that shift the job description?...

  • Your Company: Real Teamwork or Fantasy Football?

    The hardest thing for most people to do is lead by getting out of the way. There’s a common theme I’ve found in conversations with hundreds of human beings that I like to call the “fantasy football of leadership.”...

  • Surrender to Your Calendar

    Overwhelm comes from inadequate time management. When everything is swirling in our heads, it becomes impossible to know what’s managed and what isn’t. It makes us scattered, overwhelmed, and ineffective as humans and leaders....

  • Stop resisting your natural talents

    We tend to dismiss the things that come easily to us. There seems to be nobility in the phrase "Nothing worth having is easy." Let's stop doing that, shall we?...

  • Be kind, not nice

    “Kind” and “nice” are two very different things. At its most manipulative, niceness is a mask to facilitate the getting of something. Kindness, however, is a way of being in the world. It requires self-reflection, and discernment. ...

  • Dear Other Women: Please Stop Telling Me How to Be a Woman

    I’m very concerned. Everywhere I look these days, we seem to be telling each other the right way to be women. Lean in. Stand up. Speak up. Fight the patriarchy. Do it like a GIRL!...

  • Out of Adversity, Millennials Will Rise

    This article was originally published at ysn.com, where I was acting as interim COO to create initiatives to attack the problem of global youth unemployment. It’s a little look at my history and mindset as an entrepreneur, and what I see as pos...

  • What Defines Happiness?

    I recently attended the International Day of Happiness Conference at the United Nations (officially March 20th each year), where leaders in the political, non-profit and for-profit worlds gathered to look at key indicators around the globe that measu...

  • A Tale of Two Women

    This was my first guest post for ONE.org, an organization I’m honored to work with not only because of their humanitarian efforts, but also for the use of “hard-headed” in their tagline. The photo above is courtesy of my dear friend...

  • Entrepreneurship: Life on the Lunatic Fringe

    For quite some time, I’ve wanted a place to talk about the non-food side of my life. I’ve been promiscuous in writing for other places, from SavvyAuntie to YSN and other outlets, but had never taken the time to create a digital home for m...