What I Do and Why I Do It

As a consultant and educator in the field of human and organizational learning, I have focused on leadership and organization development. This work has included helping clients to manage change and transitions, develop teams, and train staff 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 (now Pfizer). I have served on the boards of nonprofit organizations and facilitated strategic planning processes. My passion for helping people and facilitating learning and growth is the foundation for 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 racially/ethnically diverse professionals interested in the executive path and, those who work with them on their career journeys, will learn practical approaches to accelerate 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 have contributed chapters on healthcare leadership to three books (Organization Development in Healthcare: A Guide for Leaders; The Business of Healthcare, Volume 2: Leading Healthcare Organizations; Culture Change in Long-Term Care). In addition, I have written articles for publications such as Journal of Nursing Administration, Journal of Social Work in Long-Term Care, Trustee Magazine, and the Healthcare Executive Web Extra.

Speaking and giving presentations are an interesting way for me to facilitate learning and leadership development, and to help people manage change. I have given many presentations on transformational leadership and managing organizational change and transitions. Examples include a panel presentation on “Transforming Board Leadership: The Challenge and Opportunity of Inclusion” for an International Leadership Association conference; “Effective Leadership in Complex Change and Transitions” for an AHIP Human Resource Leadership Council Meeting; the “Impact of Cultural Diversity in the Global Workplace” for AHIP’s IT Advisory Group; “When the Going Gets Tough: Lessons from Diverse Healthcare Executives on How to Thrive in Challenging Times” webinar for ACHE/ECDN; “Leadership Insights from Diverse Healthcare Executives: Implications for Becoming a More Inclusive Leader” webinar for AMDA/PALTC. And more recently, a virtual presentation on “Thriving as a Diverse Leader” for ACHE-Thomas C. Dolan Scholars Program.

My work in academia has given me additional opportunities to facilitate learning. I have been an adjunct 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 has been a significant contributor to my personal and professional growth. It helps 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.