In short, I’m corporate person with lots of business experience turned freelance writer. I moved to Japan with my husband, Dave, and two teenagers. Dave transferred from his job in Chicago, where I grew up and lived for many decades. We now live outside Tokyo, and couldn’t be happier.
If you want to read the Tolstoy-length version of my life, read on.
I’ve spent the last 25 years in business and writing has always been a large part of whatever job I had.
I worked for Zurich Insurance for four years as a processing manager, and then as an administrative manager. Most of my writing there centered around processes, job descriptions and appraisals, business plans and lots of presentations.
I moved over to Accenture while it was still in its infancy as Andersen Consulting and stayed there for 12 years. I worked in the CFO Group where I wrote and managed financial processes, annual report copy and accompanying statistics, and executive presentations.
I had the pleasure of taking big chunks of data delivered via SQL queries and turning them into beautiful monthly, quarterly and annual reports for the CFO.
I founded and edited a weekly newsletter for the growing global finance staff. I interviewed executive partners, outside experts, and finance specialists. I wrote about the perpetual process changes and financial results. That newsletter became an important communications tool as Andersen Consulting split from Arthur Andersen into its own stand-alone business. I count that project as my Accenture legacy — it’s still in circulation today!
My last corporate job was as the assistant to the CEO of a technology company. I joined ThoughtWorks shortly after the start-up phase and was fortunate to be there for nine years as the company grew from 200 people in a few offices in the U.S., to a global presence with many offices in six countries! I had my hand in a lot of communications projects there, along with a good amount of event planning and management. As a result of that job, I learned so much about how capitalism really works — everything required to grow a technology business into a home for almost 1000 people with clients all over the globe. I loved that job!
Throughout my business career sometimes I was the boss, and sometimes I was the peon. The few constants were learning from great mentors, working with smart and interesting people, and writing.
While working I also formally built my writing skills at places like Northwestern University and the University of Massachusetts. I was inducted into Northwestern’s honor society — Alpha Sigma Lambda. Right about here you should be impressed!
In between I got married. Twice! I was a child bride that first time, and I learned a lot. When I got married the second time I hit the lottery. I also adopted two kids. My daughter is almost 16 and my son is nearly 13. My family is my primary motivation for just about everything I do.
Now I’m a freelance writer, blogger, amateur photographer, traveller, and mom with gobs of business experience. I am perpetually curious about the world and the people in it.
I’ve had an interesting life filled with fabulous adventures.
And I am the luckiest person on the planet.