I am a leader and mentor,
I guide women to reveal their strengths
so they believe and can achieve
their desired greatness!
My Purpose:The purpose of the“Genuine Driven Women” brand is to help you grow into the best version of yourself and become a leader in not only your career but your entire life. I will teach you new skills and ideas that take you to places you only dreamed you could go!
I was a small farmtown girl
I grew up in a small farm town on the Colorado plains in the 1970s, with a community who took care of each other, but also held fairly traditional thoughts when it came to gender expectations. I was surrounded by extremely hard-working people, farmers, oil field workers, tradesmen of all kinds, and other people who made our community home.READ MORE
When I was young, I didn’t know what to want.
Most of the educated women, like my step-mom, were teachers or worked for the local school district, like my mom. As a result, I wanted to be a first-grade school teacher when I was in high school. I simply didn’t know what else to want.READ MORE
The women who came before me…
My mom was absolutely the hardest working person I ever met. She was driven in a way I cannot explain. She climbed and clawed and scratched and climbed some more until she was the financial supervisor for our school district. Eventually, she continued her ascent and rose to an executive position in the Department of Education for the state. I was amazed by her and her drive – and the higher she climbed, the higher I knew I could climb. She created her entire portfolio of success through sweat, blood, and tears – working harder than anyone can imagine and overcoming obstacles that women today can’t even begin to comprehend. I am so proud to call her my mom. My mom lit a fire in me that will never be extinguished. I owe it to her and all the tough women from her generation who paved roads to success that were not available to us, even as recently as the 1990s.READ MORE
U.S. Navy Veteran
In 1990, I decided to join the U.S. Navy, I enlisted after graduating from high school. During the first ten years, I was in the Navy, I did complete a Bachelor degree and received a Commission as a Naval Officer. I eventually completed my Master of Science degree, majoring in Computer Information Systems Management, and retired after a successful Naval career of almost 24 years.READ MORE
Post Navy Leadership as a Civilian
After my retirement from the Navy, I entered the Project Management field. More specifically, I am working in Defense Acquisition as a Program Manager. A Program Manager is a person who is responsible for the acquisition or procurement of a system (or product) for use by the Department of Defense (DOD). In my case, I am responsible for the design, delivery, and installation of a very complicated Information Technology (IT) system that will be installed on nearly one hundred ships. I lead a large team of brilliant engineers and other acquisition specialists.READ MORE
Never Satisfied, the Journey Continues
I learn new things from them every day and would like to share some of my thoughts on how we can all continue to improve while also continuing to grow in our challenges. The young girl who grew up on the Colorado plains, and who dreamed of being a first-grade school teacher, did not even know the career I have today existed. It has been an amazing journey and the adventure continues! I look forward to where we will all go, together!READ MORE
THE “FUN” SIDE OF ME
I have been accused of working too much, but I DO have a softer side. The below photo is my amazing husband and our two boys… only missing my daughter. (You’ll see her in some blog articles and early podcast episodes.)
I LOVE country music
I have always said, if Reba McEntyre was a Program Manager, that is who I’d want to be. Smart, HARD working, at the top of my game, and able to laugh when life calls for it. Yes – I often use song titles as headlines. I dreamed of becoming a famous Country Music vocalist in my younger life.
Two Husky Puppies
I have two husky puppies, Kavik and Korra. Our last of three dogs passed away at the beginning of the COVID Pandemic, so we decided it was a good time to get the husky puppies I have always wanted. I am sure you will see them on my FB and IG from time to time.
Peloton is my favorite exercise
Do you have a Peloton? Follow me @Skittle23. Who is your favorite instructor? What is your favorite ride?
Red, Red Wine
Do you love a nice dry Cab? I love exploring wineries with my true love, if I couldn’t be a singer, I’d be who I am if I can’t be who I am, I’d be a sommiler.
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