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I’m no stranger to change and adaptation. I’ve experienced many typical life “curve balls” and I’ve never been happier than current state: Continuing to try on as many “hats” as possible to find one that fits – or maybe quite a few, knowing me. Breathing into the importance of self-awareness, the value of wisdom, and regular reflection is becoming more of a routine for me these day – AND I will always have the need to  strive to be better. From my experience in retail, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside inspiring individuals who have just graduated high school. By supervising them, I quickly saw myself showing signs of multiple passions and strengths while developing my managerial skills. My path in retail earned me a few promotions and, more importantly,  helped me ultimately gain an understanding about the difference between management and leadership. While my work life flourished, my urge to finish college was still really important. I made the decision to step down from my position in 2014 and finish my final two years at Columbia College Chicago, graduating last month with a BA in Music Business Management with a focus in marketing. Throughout my life, I’ve been known to many as a “musical individual,” growing up and participating in district and state level choirs. By the end of my high school education, I began diving into music production and working with local musicians in Chicago. Returning back to school a couple of years ago opened up my eyes to new opportunities. My career journey has helped me learn to embrace change and possibility as the only way to move forward and it’s from that realization that I was so excited to get the opportunity to work with Flank 5 Academy as their Marketing and Growth Coordinator. May my own growth...

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Regardless of what Monday means to you, we’re inviting you to have a possibility perspective. New day. New week. In that spirit, today’s video answers YOUR questions about The Collective and unveils our February book selection: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Thank you for your interest, affirmation and excitement about the community we’re creating! The past two weeks have been amazing – so many of you are eager to get connected with the ambitious, goal-oriented group we’re launchingTOMORROW. Still have questions? Schedule a time to chat with us about The Collective and more. Have a productive and prosperous...

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CEO Flow


Posted By on Jan 27, 2016

Driving home from halfway through my Flank 5 Academy experience, I told my husband Marc about my vision. It was summer time and I excitedly let loose: “I want to create a place, a physical place. . . where people can get connected to their purpose and live it out through their career. I want to dismantle the American dream that involves ‘bootstrapping’ and solo pursuits and build a community where we all arrive where we are meant to arrive, together.” Here’s what it looked like on paper – if you know the Flank 5 Academy flow, you know we love markers and BIG sheets of paper. It was one of those summer nights where the energy is already perfect – we savor those in Chicago. That makes it poetic, but really it was because of the who of the evening, not the when. Who was at Grind and what they were willing to share – that I got clarity. Vulnerability breeds vulnerability, don’t ya know? From that night to today, it’s been all about befriending fear. I couldn’t unknow what I shared with Marc. From there, I got a new job, leading coaching and programming at the Career Transitions Center – I launched a career counseling practice and worked with mid-career professionals to strategize their change path – and then Todd, Eric and I got serious about what was next: that program that changed my life, the one that pushed me into the arena with fear, would now be where I lead. I am now CEO of Flank 5 Academy. There are some fundamental truths to this journey that I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks – truths about naming my purpose and then pursuing it – one of which is surrounding yourself with supporters, advisors, mirror-holders and truth-tellers. My Personal Board of Directors all asked me the same question when I talked about making the leap: “Why not now?” So, now it shall be – living in the now, helping others see the power of now versus the story of yesterday – now is where it’s at. I invite you to get into the now with us as we gain momentum in 2016. Here’s a few action steps for right this second: Join The Collective, now. We’re launching February 9. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and sign up for our weekly updates, now. We’re going to be sharing a lot of inspiration and strategy. Commit to naming your arena, now. What are you going to do this year? Ready? Go! With gratitude and an open...

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