What is your name?
Where were you born?
Litchfield, Minnesota, USA
Where do you live?
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
What do you do?
I help individuals and organizations manage conflict more constructively, compassionately, and creatively. I use the Enneagram in almost all of my work which includes facilitated discussions, mediation, individual and team coaching, communications and conflict prevention training. I’m trained as an attorney and am a certified mediator and coach. I also teach classes for the Deep Coaching Institute and I offer workshops on a variety of Enneagram-related topics.
What is your role of the IEA Board?
Although I still seem to be settling in, I help Peter McNab with Nine Points, and I will be taking on the Membership responsibilities and duties.
Tell us a little about what you do on the Board
With Nine Points, I basically help Peter with the “back end” (the dashboard) and I plan to recruit people to write articles for publication. In taking on Membership duties, I will be developing relationships with IEA stakeholders (e.g. individual members, Chapters, Affiliates and Enneagram schools) to explore how the IEA can be of greater assistance to them and to explore how we can work together more collaboratively.
Why are you involved with the IEA Board?
Several reasons come to mind. First, it’s a great opportunity to support an organization that is working to be the “big umbrella” for people and organizations doing Enneagram-related work. My real passion is to help individuals and organizations transform conflict on personal, workplace and societal levels and I know of nothing more powerful than the Enneagram that can help people navigate this path/journey. So to the extent that I can be supportive of the IEA, I want to do so.
Second, I’m interested in how the Enneagram can be integrated with other disciplines to transform how we live and work and grow. I see my involvement with the IEA as an opportunity to further explore such possibilities.
And finally, on a personal level, Board involvement is a great opportunity to meet and network with other Enneagram practitioners and enthusiasts from around the world.
What was your first experience of the Enneagram?
I learned about the Enneagram at a break out session at a statewide MN Social Service Conference when I was the Director of a State Commission for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people. I was immediately “hooked” and it’s been an on-going journey of discovery and transformation since then.
Tell us a little about who you have trained with
I’ve trained with David Daniels, Marion Gilbert, Russ Hudson, Andrea Isaacs, Ginger Lapid-Bogda, Anne Muree, Peter O’Hanrahan, Helen Palmer, Don Riso, and Terry Saracino. And my apologies to those mentors who I’ve neglected to mention.
What is your most compelling use of the Enneagram?
Experiencing the power and beauty of vulnerability as a result of my work with the Deep Coaching Institute.
How do you see the future of the Enneagram?
I really don’t have a vision for the future of the Enneagram. My belief is that it will unfold in the time and manner that is right for it.
How do you see the future of the IEA?
I’m not sure. I’m new to the Board and at this point I’m interested in exploring how I and the IEA can best be of service to our larger world.