What inspired you to start your own company?
After working in the technology industry for 20 years and serving as a search and rescue volunteer for 15, I became passionate about leadership. In an effort to make a larger impact, I launched Leadership Excursion Co. in 2016. We use experiential learning with horses to provide team building, professional development, and personal development experiences for adults and teens. With so many challenges facing businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re proud to announce that we have enhanced our services, to meet those challenges, with Virtual Event Production. I am also the founder of Spark Women’s Retreat and host of the Leadership Looks Like Podcast.
What is your favorite part of your position?
About 3.5 years ago, I had the opportunity to design my life around my strengths and passions by becoming a first-time business owner. I believe that corporations should be doing more to invest in their people, I am on a mission to see more women in leadership roles, and I am doing everything I can to shine a light on the positivity that is taking place in our community. This is my favorite part. I’m doing the things that I enjoy every day.
We have recently formed relationships with The Fearless Kind and Center for Hope of the Sierras. We work in safe healing environments to help clients overcome challenges like eating disorders and addictions. We also work with a wide variety of clients from all walks of life who are looking to improve their confidence, communication, or leadership skills. Our clients inspire me. The leaders that I have the distinct pleasure of interviewing on my podcast inspire me. The people who show up and put the hard work in are who motivate me to keep going.
Do you have any current mentors in the industry or anyone that helped you when you were first getting started? What advice or teachings were most impactful?
While working in the technology industry, my primary responsibility was to oversee teams and multi-million dollar budgets at both the project and operations level. Understanding how to run a business after working for others was a skill that I was able to take with me. The decision to go out on my own was a difficult one and having the support of my wife, family, and friends was crucial. I also leaned on organizations like NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) to connect with like-minded business owners. For me, it’s been important to surround myself with people who are supportive and have my best interest at heart. Whether they’re supporting me emotionally or by providing invaluable business feedback, having these relationships to rely on has been key.
What drew you to join GLCCNV as a member?
Although I proudly consider myself to be a solopreneur, I understand that doing everything on my own isn’t realistic. I joined GLCCNV as a member and recently acquired my NGLCC Certification in an effort to build upon my support system. I look forward to serving the chamber as Secretary. The experience has been fantastic so far and I am excited to continue making positive connections.