September 27, 2019

Get To Know Your CEO!

What do you want members and students to know about leading IECRM?

Since I joined IECRM in March 2015, I have been so proud to work in an environment where dedication, sustained growth, continuous learning, and positive impacts on the community are at the heart of our business leaders, partners, students, and staff. I am inspired by anyone in the industry who tells me the details of “that’s my project.” Having grown up in a family of mechanics, I have a deep appreciation for hard work, problem solving and technical skills — the same things that our contractor members teach their teams.

Who is your hero or greatest role model?

I love learning from everyone who helps round out the world! Specifically, my dad taught me to believe I can do anything I set my mind to, my former boss Former Colorado Lt. Governor Gail Schoettler demonstrated what leadership means, and my mom has shown me what love looks like. 

Do you have a favorite career experience?

I have SO many great experiences! I’d rather have coffee one-on-one with a contractor, partner, apprentice or team member and share stories! 

What are your most successful work habits?

Showing respect, being open to other people’s perspectives, and being collaborative. If someone would teach me the magic trick to effectively cut through swathes of emails, I might make that my number one habit! 

What are the best business books you’ve read?

My all-time favorite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. It is not a business book in any way but its lessons inspire humility and humanity — both important to understand as a leader. And, it’s two decades old but I am still a fan of the change management lessons in “Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson. It requires you to ask yourself “What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?” It’s a reminder of how individuals respond differently to change which leaders must understand to navigate growth.

What is your background before you joined IECRM?

If my accent doesn’t give it away… I’m a Southern girl who fell in love with the West! I am a Florida native, a graduate of The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!!) and spent 14 years of my career in Atlanta. My work experience includes moving big ideas to implementation, leading teams through change management as a consultant, to working for the Alabama legislature and Colorado governor, serving as Director of Education and Outreach for Georgia PBS/NPR, and leading corporate communications for (new IECRM member!) The Home Depot where we served customers through four hurricanes one season.