When I was 5
My father, a very athletic and competitive person, is a huge influence in my life and because of him sports are a significant part of my life that shaped who I am from an early age. There are countless lessons I’ve learned through playing and watching sports and most are relevant to business and life.
Snow plough parent
The joys of parenting. The other day I heard the expression “Snow plough parent” for the first time. Basically it means clearing away obstacles for your child. A good thing or not?
My first marathon
Most of my life, I have been fit as I played team sports, participated in aerobics in my twenties, and belonged to a gym. As life became more complicated, it became hard to find time to exercise while balancing the demands of marriage, three children and a high stress travel job.
Since I was 13 years old, I dreamt of becoming a business executive. I didn’t really know what that meant, but I had this vision of being in a red power suit in a mahogany office working with a great team.
I started at GE working as a buyer in purchasing and before long was the highest rated employee in the department. After being there a year, I noticed a job posting in another business unit for a Market Manager of Asia.
The first trip out of the country
One of my favorite stories is my first trip to Japan. I went with my boss and at 24 years old, it was the first time I’d ever been out of the US. Everything was new to me about traveling – the long flight, airplane meals, the movies, the time change!