As the CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer, of course), I'm passionately dedicated to helping people leverage who they are to get where they want to be. That can look like anything from giving keynotes to providing tailored individual support to designing professional development programming to leading a company- or institution-wide strategic planning retreat.
Hi, I'm Erika ... a high-energy, unapologetic glitter-loving nerd with a passion for encouraging others. Also, I laugh with reckless abandon to the point of tears more often than the average person. I am grateful for every day above ground and try to live each one as authentically as possible.
I have been fortunate to have a unique career spanning a number of fields that has invited me to grow in more unexpected ways than I could have ever imagined. But through it all, there has been a common thread: I am in my element when I am encouraging and supporting others while reminding them that their authentic selves hold the most power. I love inviting individuals and teams to explore possibilities and helping them create strategic road maps to places they thought were unreachable.
Across my career, I have provided support for a unique range of clients including small teams with big dreams and global companies striving to beat competitors to the next level of performance. I have guided non-profit organizations through large-scale initiatives and pilot programs, and I have coached university administrators during times of tight budgets and ever-changing student needs.
And I have done it all with the enthusiasm of a high school cheerleader at the state championship game.
Because that is who I am.
I get to "do life" with my favorite Molecular Virologist, Dan, and we reside in Fort Collins, Colorado with our two daughters who love cheering for other people ALMOST as much as I do.
I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and decided to stay in the Midwest for college. I earned both my Bachelor of Human Environmental Sciences and my Master of Education at the University of Missouri's flagship institution in Columbia, Missouri. A few years later, I completed my Doctorate in Adult Learning Theory at Lindenwood University. I spent the early part of my career leading departments and divisions for nonprofit organizations and academic institutions in the St. Louis area.
But ... the mountains called, and we relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado with our young family at the close of 2016. The timing was kismet and propelled me to fully engage in the consulting and contract work I had grown to love.
Usually, I am looking for research-based information that will help me better serve my clients. Sometimes, I am looking for new perspectives tucked inside fiction. Occasionally, I am just looking for a good laugh. Most mornings I can be found taking a walk with our dog, Herbie, as I listen to audiobooks. At least once a week, I end up making a slightly goofy loop because I'm trying to sneak in one more chapter before returning home to tackle the day's "To Do" list. I have to give Herbie credit for her investment in my work; when I read at home in my office, she can usually be found with her head in my lap, waiting to hear me talk through how I'm going to put new ideas to use in professional development programming I'm writing or content I am developing for social media.
Gretchen Rubin, "The Happiness Project"