I am an experienced CEO, national leader, author and speaker. Currently I serve as President of the Start Smart Career Center which has the purpose of helping women navigate their nonprofit careers and become leaders in the workplace (blogsite at www.startsmartcareercenter.org). My previous position, which I held for 12 years, was Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Social Workers, the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the country. In addition, I have a clinical background in health care, with specialties in cancer survivorship, loss, and grief. My passion is hope, and I consider myself a hope advocate. My newest book is Choose Hope (Always Choose Hope). Published by Covenant Books. It is available on Amazon (amazon.com/choose-hope-always/dp/1640031944). My goal is to help others maintain hope in these hope-challenged times.
Causes and Organizations
Having lost a sister to cancer, I have worked on behalf of cancer survivors all of my career. I currently serve on the National Board of Directors for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and am a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. I also have a strong commitment to hospice and have served on the Board of Directors for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and as President of the National Hospice Foundation.