What was a major turning point in your life and/or career?
After 20 years as the Founding CEO of Leadership Arlington/Leadership Center for Excellence, I recently became President of the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation. With a focus on building a healthy community, the hospital is transforming into a medical campus prepared to serve Arlington and beyond with the best possible patient care. This opportunity has allowed me the chance to serve in a new way—by supporting those who save lives. It’s an exciting new adventure!
Why do you do what you do? What motivates and inspires you?
I’ve always found tremendous joy in supporting others. I began volunteering at a young age and giving back has become a way of life. While developing leaders in our community, I was inspired by people who had a vision for who they wanted to be and then worked hard to make it happen. It’s an honor to help these people on their journeys.
What advice would you offer for women just starting out?
You can have it all—you just need to define what “all” means to you. Don’t let others define your path in life. Make it yours and own it.
How have you mentored or inspired others who are following in your footsteps?
For years, I’ve lived by the phrase, “If not you, then who?” I’ve said this hundreds of times to challenge individuals to engage in the community and make a meaningful difference. Many people have shared with me that when they were asked to take on a new responsibility, this phrase echoed in their heads. I found myself answering that very question when I came to the hospital in my new role.
“You can have it all—you just need to define what “all” means to you. Don’t let others define your path in life. Make it yours and own it.”
Awards and Honors
Arlington Chamber of Commerce Chair’s Award; John Tydings Hero Award; Light Up Arlington Award; National Capital Business Ethics Award; Person of Vision Award; Preceptor Award