I graduated from the University of Arizona with a major in being clueless about how to get a “real” job. I moved to Boston and put my honors degree and 3.9 GPA to use as a minimum wage cashier. After asking one of my customers for an internship, I accidentally fell into the conflict resolution field and worked for several years at the Consensus Building Institute, a public policy mediation NGO. I enjoyed learning collaborative negotiation and becoming a mediator, but I felt stuck because I still didn’t know what I wanted to do long-term or how to clarify that.
Using End the Job Hunt’s approach, I whittled down my professional interests, realized my ideal career lay in mental health, and landed a job at McLean Hospital, ranked the #1 psychiatric hospital in the U.S. I'm now working toward a Master of Social Work at Smith College.
I’m originally from Canada and on my winding professional path I’ve also taught HIV prevention in India; run educational programs for inner-city teens; worked on aquaculture projects in Bangladesh; researched cross-cultural adjustment issues; mothered baby lobsters at the New England Aquarium; and, worked as a teaching assistant at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Outside of work I like to read, play ice hockey, and hang out with friends.
I'm responsible for the visionary oversight of this project. I'm often found teetering on the fine line between courage and folly. I discovered End the Hunt's method of negotiating for work through mentorship from several professionals generous enough to give me their time and advice. With their guidance, I've applied End The Hunt's methodology to achieve success as a freelance Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioner.
After just two years as a freelancer, I'm ready to incorporate and have already taken on new hires. I have run trainings for clients in Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey, Mexico, and across the US. I've served as a teaching assistant for seminars taught out of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, taught mediation practicums at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and guest lectured at Boston University Business School. By using our method, I generated these opportunities without any prior connection to these universities.
Today, I work as a mediator, facilitator, and negotiation trainer/coach with students, activists and corporate clients, providing them with the tools to meet their most important goals, resolve conflict, improve communication and preserve key relationships. When I'm not bringing this unique spin to the ADR industry, I enjoy climbing mountains worldwide.
Not one of my job searches has been “traditional.” When I graduated from college, none of the companies I wanted to work for came to campus. When I graduated from business school, again, none of the companies I wanted to work with came to campus. When I made a change mid-career, there was no campus to come to. The typical approach—pinpoint company, schedule informational interviews, have a job interview, get hired—didn't work. I used End the Job Hunt's method and techniques to become a media planner for DDB advertising in Chicago, a yield management and pricing manager at Northwest Airlines (now Delta) in St. Paul, a partner marketing director at Starwood Hotels, a mediator and commercial programs director at MWI in Boston, and (currently) an adjunct professor of negotiation at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, as well as a negotiation coach for last-minute consulting with TalkSupport. The method works.
I have also been a landscaper, a stagehand for a ballet company, a recycling operations intern (I sorted trash while learning the business), an intern at Citibank, and an entrepreneur and artist with kinetic sculptures. I have a BS in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.