Reflecting on 2023 and Looking Ahead


"Change is the end result of all true learning." – Leo Buscaglia

As we prepare to welcome 2024, I invite you to join me in a moment of reflection. 2023 was a year of stretching boundaries, deep learning, and planting seeds for meaningful impact. Let's take a moment to pause and look back to uncover the highlights of this transformative (yet challenging) year.

Stretching My Boundaries

This year was about stepping out of my comfort zone and embracing new challenges. A milestone moment was delivering my first TEDx Talk, Don't Check Yourself at the Door: How to Share Your True Self. This talk, which has amassed almost 2 million views, is a testament to the power of authenticity. Watch it here. I am excited to share that another TEDx Talk is in the works for 2024.

My newest book, Campfire Lessons for Leaders: How Uncovering Our Past Can Propel Us Forward, was published on December 6th. Its success and the impact it is making are a direct result of your incredible support. This journey wouldn't have been possible without the fantastic people in my masterminds and networks who fueled me through the many challenges I faced this year.

Books That Shaped My Year

As a voracious reader, I encountered many thought-provoking works this year. Here are a few standouts:

Longpath: Becoming the Great Ancestors Our Future Needs by Ari Wallach

Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us by Susan Magsamen & Ivy Ross

Real-Time Leadership: Find Your Winning Moves When the Stakes Are High by David Noble & Carol Kauffman

The Performance Paradox: Turning the Power of Mindset into Action by Eduardo Briceño

Speak-Up Culture: When Leaders Truly Listen, People Step Up by Stephen Shedletzky

The Right Kind of Wrong by Amy C. Edmondson

Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things by Adam Grant

These reads have been instrumental in shaping my perspective this year.

Learning and Teaching: A Cycle of Growth

In 2023, I embraced an explorer mindset, constantly learning and evolving. My guests on The Virtual Campfire shared powerful insights that enriched my understanding. Involvement with organizations like the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MTLC) and Design Museum Everywhere and connecting with influential CHROs through the Searchlight network has been enlightening. The Thinkers 50 Gala in London was a highlight, spending time with exceptional thought leaders and friends.

I have added new tools to my arsenal to better guide my clients, including completing the Heroic Public Speaking GRAD program and the Kotter Change Leader certification. Remember, the best way to learn is to teach – so if you are curious to learn more, feel free to reach out.

Looking Forward to 2024

As we step into 2024, my resolve is stronger than ever. The seeds planted this year through my Grounded Leadership programs and speaking engagements are set to foster significant impact. I am committed to continuing this journey of growth and impact, and I invite you to join me.

Your reflections and insights are invaluable. I encourage you to take a moment to create your own Top 10 List for 2023, considering what has inspired and challenged you. Please share your stories, and let's inspire each other as we move forward.

I am wishing you a fulfilling and impactful 2024! With gratitude and anticipation!

"Embrace the journey that beckons you. Let the tides of life guide you to unexpected shores and novel adventures."


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