Q1 In brief, describe how you entered the profession of management consulting, or when did you decide that management consulting was a profession that you wanted to enter?

I don't think I found the profession of management consulting, I think it found me. I've been compelled to align myself with helping others succeed in business for more years than I can count and have been doing so professionally for close to eight years. When a dear friend and valued mentor of mine suggested engaging with CMC to acquire my designation it seemed a perfect fit and the icing on the cake of career of being a CFO at a financial institution, being in the marketing and sales industries and then as a certified business coach and consultant.

Q2 What do you love most about consulting?

Empowering others to succeed and achieve their business goals. Consulting engagements not only have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the organization I'm engaged with, but also on the community at large as well. It's always a win-win situation.

Q3 What do you like the least?

Consulting and coaching brings me such joy that I have not found an element of it that I would say I do not enjoy. When a client engages me to come into their business and help them achieve their dreams through business or strategic planning, developing strategies to increase their productivity and profitability, helping put those tools into action and seeing them reap the rewards is very exciting and rewarding for me as well.

Q4 What has been your most satisfying engagement and why?

For me it's all about what impact did my services have on my clients business, and as business and life are very much intertwined, how was I able to positively impact their life. This happens often as I'm working with the members of my organization WOW! Women In Business & Leadership Inc. or my WOW! Biz Tribe as I call them. 'VIP Business Building Strategy' days with my clients are the most satisfying as we dive deep into their business, celebrating current successes, identifying roadblocks that might be hindering their success and develop personalized strategies that the client can put into action right away and accomplish immediate results. My most satisfying engagement was after a client completed a VIP Business Building Strategy Day with me; in the next year her sales increased by 44% and she was delighted.

Q5 What personality trait has helped you the most in your career?

If being a life long learner is a personality trait, that is certainly what has helped me the most. In business, especially in the areas of digital marketing tools to impact productivity and profitability are always changing. I love learning for both my personal and professional development so you'll always find me with a business or personal development book, podcast or new course materials close by.

Q6 Finally, if you were stranded on a desert island - What is one book and one luxury item you would take with you?

The book I would take is the Bible. The luxury item would be a hammock...if you are stranded on a desert island, you may was well relax in a hammock by the beach and enjoy the view!
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