WHO I AM
I grew up on what some would call the ‘wrong side of the tracks” with the Reading Railroad running right through my backyard. Licking S & H green stamps and getting reduced lunch tickets at school was the norm. Waking up to the smells of mushroom fields and the clip clop of horses from our Amish neighbors were part of my daily life. I am a self-proclaimed tomboy who has a fierce fire to rise above.
My journey is a tapestry of the colorful essence of the human experience: at 13, I lobbied the high school board to allow me to play on the boys soccer team; at 17, found out I was adopted; at 24, won Miss Delaware USA; at 35, renowned celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay announced to the world that I was the WINNER of Season 2 Master Chef-USA. I am also a first generation College Graduate in my family. The tapestry of my life was the chaos of unraveling threads. The brightest parts were those I weaved by sheer determination and now every stitch laid down carries a sense of deeper direction and purpose, one following the next, a story line, like a railway track passing through the town and letting me know it was all meaningful. For all the good, the outstanding and the difficult experiences have shaped my spirit and made me a more resilient, compassionate and tolerant human being.
I have had the pleasure to speak in a variety of settings and through humor and lived experiences inspire others. Speaking to high schools, executives, real estate and women’s groups, to name a few, afford me the opportunity to interact with the audience to collectively, and in a moment of creative present reality, say YES, we can!
CVS Crave RI
Rhode Island Convention Center, PVD, RI
Peace Love Foundation-Culinary Showdown
Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington, CT
SPEAKING + EVENT CALENDAR
15 + 16
At only hours old I had my first experience at being dumped, my biological father held me in his arms and gave me back to my mother and walked out of my life forever. After 41 years of being dumped by boys, teams, friends and even TV I have learned that tomorrow brings a new dawn and only you hold the power to change the direction of your life. Even after all the dumping you CAN be successful, I am PROOF.
Challenging and motivating people to make themselves uncomfortable, to defy NO, to rise above mediocrity. Thru humor, life tragedies, and my unconventional path to success I will inspire you to chant...Today I WILL, Today I CAN, Today I MUST.
Living in the moment is often referenced but you should't just live in the moment you should live in the moment that you create. You are the master of your moments.
When I was boarding the plane to head to LA for possibly 2 weeks to 2 1/2 months I had no idea how much that journey would change my life. Let me inspire you to follow your dream no matter how old you are, how young you are, how educated you are, how scared you are. The key is being fearless! Join me on a journey to finding your FEARLESS pursuit of your BIG dream!
Even Beauty Queens
DON'T BE AFRAID TO
ROCK THE BOAT
TODAY I WILL
TODAY I CAN
TODAY I MUST
TEAM BONDING INTERACTIVE
If you are looking for a creative way to motivate and inspire your team then this is it! Utilizing trust, all of your senses, verbal communication, keeping an open mind, kitchen tools and food. We challenge people to think outside the box, work as a team, create healthy competition, but most importantly have fun! This interactive is designed using the culinary realm to create team building. This can be set up in a team format or as a large group. We also do not necessarily need a kitchen for this experience.