Passion & Purpose
I am passionate about helping people heal, grow and live authentic and purposeful lives. I believe we make the world a better place by helping individuals discover their uniqueness and power. A healthy individual becomes a better parent, a better spouse, a better friend, a better boss, a better citizen and ultimately influences everyone he or she comes into contact with. We can and we will change the world one heart at a time.
Personal Development Workshops and Coaching
I deliver and partner with others to deliver a variety of workshops, including:
Therapeutic Writing – Inspired by the work of Dr. James Pennebaker and my own experiences with writing as a healing modality, I developed a series of exercises that help detox negative emotions and enhance positive experiences. Although the workshop was originally designed for cancer “thrivers” and continues to be taught at Cancer Support Communities, the content is not cancer specific and is useful in other settings and contexts.
Get Real – This workshop is designed to help participants get in touch with their true and authentic selves. You’ll identify limiting beliefs and replace them with strengthening beliefs. You’ll revisit childhood dreams and passions and identify activities and interests that make your heart sing. You’ll discover your purpose and chart a course for living an authentic and purposeful life.
The Mind-Body Connection – This presentation/workshop helps participants understand how thoughts, beliefs and behaviors influence and contribute to our health and wellness or lack thereof. We talk about the latest research, look at what we can learn from those who have miraculously come back from terminal illnesses and develop our own Mind-Body Health Plan. A big portion of the time is spent on tools and techniques for dealing with fear and anxiety.
Organizational Development and Coaching
I work with organizations to help develop and inspire employees. I focus on creating organizations where:
- people are empowered, engaged, and fulfilled
- people are aware of their natural strengths and talents and able to utilize them daily
- individual and organization values are aligned and everyone feels they are a part of something great
- leaders value emotional, social and cognitive intelligence and continuous self-development is the norm
What I Do
- Deliver workshops and coaching that help people become their best selves.
- Help organizations create and maintain Deliberately Developmental cultures.
- Help organizations effectively attract, utilize, develop and retain top talent.
- Design, implement and support Accelerated Development, Structured Mentoring and Knowledge Transfer programs.
- Help organizations assess their brain drain/knowledge loss risk and develop strategies for capturing and leveraging vital know how.
- Elicit, organize and package critical tacit knowledge so that others in the organization can benefit from it.
What I’ve Done (Resume Stuff)
- Co-created and co-managed an Accelerated Development Program for Drilling Engineers and Wellsite Supervisors at Apache
- Delivered organizational development consulting to companies in a variety of industries and geographies
- Partnered with Larry Wilson in the development of Knowledge Harvesting methodology and delivery of Knowledge Harvesting services.
- Trained and coached hundreds of leaders, entrepreneurs and business professionals.
- 17 years in Corporate America, mostly for Mobil (pre-ExxonMobil) in a variety of internal consulting and management roles (Business Analyst, OD Consultant, Global Process Consultant, Training Manager, Knowledge Manager).
- Authored/co-authored 3 books and 5 e-books
- Delivered keynotes and workshops to audiences in Europe, The Pacific Rim, Latin America, Canada and the US.
Strengths & Style
- Gallup Strength finder – Maximizer, Intellection, Connectedness, Ideation, Input
- Myers Briggs – INFP
- Social Style – Analytical
I’m a Baby Boomer, heavily influenced by the events of the 60s and 70s – both the big ones – Vietnam, Civil Rights, Man on the Moon, Women’s Lib, Woodstock & Watergate, but also the everyday – listening to late night rock and roll on a transistor radio, eating 5 cent hamburgers at Kelly’s, our first fast food joint, spending weekends at the lake in our converted school bus camper, watching Leave it to Beaver, Ed Sullivan, The Monkees, and Lost in Space.
I was raised in the Deep South, mostly small towns. I can trace my family history back to 1600s Virginia. No real heroes or royalty, just working class folks with a passion for freedom and a better life. Both my parents worked swing shifts in a textile mill when I was young. I spent a lot of time with my grandpa, Da Bruce, who I adored. When I was 11, my dad joined the South Carolina State Park Service and we left the small town in South Carolina where the Holloways had lived for nearly 200 years. Living the next 6 years in state parks was an amazing experience. The outdoors, and in particular, the water, was and continues to be an important part of my life.
I went to 4 different schools in 6 years, which taught me how to reinvent myself, a skill that’s proven quite helpful of late. I was a good student, borderline nerd. I was funny and fun, so I got to hang with the hip crowd. My parents scrimped and saved to send me to private school (for which I am eternally grateful), but I was often amongst the poorest kids and often felt “less than.” I dealt with it by being creative and funky, yet another skill set that served me well later in life. I dreamed of owning a British Racing Green Austin Healy (too many James Bond movies I suppose). My pop got me as close as he could – bought a 63 Ford Falcon and painted it British Racing Green, put in bucket seats, a wooden dash and racing steering wheel. It was quite fetching.
I went to Clemson University, where I graduated with a degree in English Literature. I had intended to become the next Mark Twain or Nikki Giovanni, but strangely enough couldn’t find a job that called for that particular skill set. I was however able to use my portfolio of poems and short stories to land a job as a technical writer, which although terribly boring, ended up opening a lot of doors for me.
I moved to Dallas in 1979 and worked for E-Systems, IBM, and Mobil. I took a little detour from Corporate America for two years and worked as a rock and roll writer and photographer, but when the magazine I worked for folded, I went back to Mobil, where I became an employee and stayed for 16 years.
My work at Mobil enabled me to travel the world, which I loved. Experiencing new environs and cultures was very much “on purpose” for me. The variety of jobs I had during my 16 years helped me learn a lot about business, about people, and about myself. In hindsight, I’m not sure I was a good fit for Mobil, but both Mother Mobil and I did our best to make the relationship a productive one. I wouldn’t change the experience for anything.
In 2000, I left Mobil and started my own company with husband Michael. We called the company About People because that’s exactly what we were “about”. His background was marketing, and customer psychology. My focus was organizational dynamics, right person right job and knowledge transfer – internal psychology. In 2005, we moved to Spokane (from Dallas) and spent 8 years in the great outdoors in a beautiful home surrounded by evergreens. We had frequent visitation by deer, moose, turkeys, and a variety of small varmints that kept Woody (the Jack Russell) and Eva (the lab) on their toes. Life was good.
In 2013 I lost my beloved Michael in a motorcycle accident. It was, and continues to be one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to endure. In 2014 I moved back to Texas and began Part IV of my life. I am blessed by wonderful friends and family, great clients and an enduring spirit. Life is good.
Passions, Interests & Things I Like
- Mosaics (Tile, paper, wood, metal, and pretty much anything I can find)
- Favorite Authors (Fiction): Pat Conroy, John Hart, Reynolds Price, Somerset Maughn, Milan Kundera, Ayn Rand
- Favorite Non-Fiction: Malcom Gladwell, Thomas Friedman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Bill Bryson
- Favorite topics: Mind-Brain, Connectedness, Synchronicity, Healing, Culture
- Technical Trading – Love looking at charts and finding patterns. Love both the predictability (pattern following) and the unpredictability (“black swan”) nature of the market.
Partnerships & Strategic Alliances
Partner (with Larry Wilson) in Knowledge Harvesting, a unique consultancy focused on capturing, modeling, and contextualizing complex knowledge and business insight.
Strategic Partner of Sysmax, providing competency assessment, learning tools and competency management systems and services to the oil and gas industry.