What I Do and Why I Do It

During my years in the field of human and organizational learning as an educator and consultant, I have focused on leadership and organization development, managing change and transitions, team development, and training and staff education in organizations of various sizes and complexity.  Before becoming a consultant, I was director of human resource development for the former Helix Health System (Union Memorial Hospital and Franklin Square Hospital Center, now part of MedStar Health) and worked in training and development positions for two global corporations, McCormick & Company and Warner-Lambert, Parke-Davis Group.  I have served on the boards of organizations and also worked with nonprofit boards at different stages of strategic planning.  My passion for helping people and facilitating learning and growth is the foundation for all of my work.

I like to write because I believe writing is another way to facilitate learning and to help people enhance their leader and leadership development.  This is why I wrote the book, “Diversity on the Executive Path”.  I hope racial/ethnic minorities and those that work with them on their career journeys will learn practical lessons that they can use to facilitate advancement.

Prior to writing the book, I wrote a monthly leadership column for eight years in “Caring for the Ages”, a publication of the American Medical Directors Association.  I contributed chapters on healthcare leadership to three books.  In addition, I have written articles for publications such as Hospitals and Health Networks, Trustee Magazine, Health Progress, Journal of Nursing Administration, and Journal of Social Work in Long-Term Care.

Presentations are an interesting way for me to educate, facilitate learning, and help people.  I have given many presentations on transformational leadership and managing organizational change and transitions.  Examples include a panel presentation on, “Recruitment and Retention Practices: Insights from Research on the Journey to CEO” for National Association of Health Services Executives conference; panel presentation on “Transforming Board Leadership: The Challenge and Opportunity of Inclusion” for the International Leadership Association conference; “Effective Leadership in Complex Change and Transitions” for the AHIP Human Resource Leadership Council Meeting and the “Impact of Cultural Diversity in the Global Workplace” for AHIP’s IT Advisory Group.

Teaching gives me wonderful opportunities to facilitate learning.  I have been a lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Public Health for several years.  The classes that I have taught include healthcare leadership and communications in the Master of Health Administration program; the same course in the Master of Public Health, Public Health Practice and Policy program; and leadership, teams, and coalitions: policy to advocacy in the Certificate in Principles of Public Health program.  Previously, I was an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins University, where I taught leadership and organizational behavior in the former Business of Medicine Program and business communication in the Carey Business School.  Also, I was faculty for an academic partnership of Johns Hopkins University and America’s Health Insurance Plans former, Minority Management Development Program.

My education is a significant contributor to my personal and professional growth.  It has helped me to help others.  I hold a doctorate in education from the Executive Leadership in Human and Organizational Learning Program at George Washington University, a master of education degree in administration from Loyola University Maryland, and a bachelor of arts in sociology from Howard University.