Advisor to CSR & Sustainability Managers: I partner with CSR members and sustainability managers of impact-driven organizations. This is a marriage between your company’s success and the positive impact on nature and your communities. If you want to go to bed at night and feel good about your company’s impact in the world, we should talk.
I also coach CSR members and Sustainability Managers through the challenges of making an impact in their organizations.
If you feel like you’re being held back in the impact you want to have, I’ll help you go get what you need to thrive.
I can help you tactfully approach these critical conversations. My job is to help you navigate this complex landscape in asking your organization for what you need to excel.
Sustainability Policy & Communications: I work with sustainability managers and CSR teams to create and update their sustainability policy and practices. I can help your organization match its commitments with its vision and values.
Once you have your plans in motion, how do you most effectively share the story of what you’re doing, where you’re going, and what you stand for as an organization? As a writer and communicator, I’ll help you share this in a way that lands powerfully, clearly, and effectively with your customers and potential new customers.
Philanthropy: We can work together to select charitable initiatives that align with company values and invigorate shareholders, employees, and revitalize public image. My expertise and connections are with the organizations at the forefront of protecting our oceans, rainforests, and endangered habitats and species.
If you want your organization to play a role in the protection and preservation of nature like I do, let’s get to work!
Our Personal Nature Connection – My Why:
When I first glimpsed the Great Barrier Reef during my study abroad in Australia, it was clear my life would never be the same.
Swimming through schools of electric blue and curious yellow-striped fish, I found myself mesmerized by the corals that seemed to wave at me, swaying gently from side to side, expanding and contracting as if breathing. I knew at that moment that I would be an advocate for these delicate reefs around the world.
15 years later, I’m standing at the base of a towering tree in Yasuní National Park, said to be the most bio diverse place on the planet. The locals call this tree “Milionario” because no one knows how old it actually is. This tree is so tall, and the lush green surrounding it so dense, that I can’t see the top.
“Milionario” tree in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador
It took almost an entire day via water taxi on the Napo River to reach Yasuní, as we would stop at tiny villages along the river where it seemed like everyone would come to see the boat arriving, little kids staring curiously, others waving as we arrived and departed.
Yasuní (in the Ecuadorian Amazon) is protected, but the threats to the biodiversity of surrounding virgin rainforest, and to the indigenous tribes that live here, are always on my mind.
Though our coral reefs are in dangerous decline, and our rainforests are increasingly threatened, I believe in the resilience of the human spirit. I believe I could be just one conversation away from a partnership that will enact lasting change on these habitats that have inspired my work and left an imprint on my heart. And I believe you too can make your imprint through the power of conversation – you just need to know how.
As naturalist David Attenborough says, I believe in a world where humans AND nature can thrive, and it’s time we get to work.
I have a decade of leadership and communications training, and my clients tell me I’m a natural coach. Around me, people are inspired to do what they can to protect and preserve nature.
At an age where I was barely coordinated enough to connect with a baseball on a T-ball stand, I was already climbing trees. My backyard in our southeastern Massachusetts home was rich with giant pines that would sway from side-to-side in the wind, and maples that would turn golden in autumn. I built forts in the rhododendrons and marveled at the blooming dogwoods in spring.
Etched in my memory, like a snapshot frozen in time, are the mountains and remote ponds of the New Hampshire lakes region, often echoing with the eerily beautiful call of the loon. I also remember the steady cadence of crashing surf on the idyllic, pristine beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore… with what seemed like an endless ocean stretching to the horizon.
Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador
My last lengthy pre-Covid 19 travel spanned the first eight months of 2019 and brought me to the heart of the Amazon Rainforest in Peru, to meet some life-long friends and soccer fanatics in Colombia, and to the volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, and cloud forests of Ecuador.
That same 3 or 4 year-old’s sense of wonder and fascination with nature led me to visit what’s described as the most biodiverse place on the planet – Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. This pristine, virgin rainforest is protected from logging and extraction, allowing nature to flourish. Yasuní is home not just to jaguars, sloths, grand cayman, toucans and approximately 600 other bird species, it’s also home to two un-contacted indigenous tribes of humans, the Tagaeri and Taromenane, who live within its confines.
My guide Fernando Sifuentes grew up exploring this rainforest, and so was able to teach me the healing properties of plant after plant after plant, and how each fit seamlessly into the great system that nature knows. I continued my tree-staring ways all these years later, as I craned my neck to try to grasp the scale of the Milionario tree, (pictured above) so named because no one knows how old it actually is. As I stood at the base of this giant, I reaffirmed my mission to protecting these wild spaces, and to doing whatever is humanly possible to ensure we give nature a chance to thrive, not just in the heart of the rainforest, but all over our world.