I am a strategy leader and executive coach. I am an immigrant and anthropologist. I was raised on the American Dream—and in many ways lived it. My parents and I moved to the US when I was 5. They worked hard running restaurants in Boston. I worked hard, studying, spelling, writing…and eventually gained admission to Harvard.
I graduated magna cum laude in Anthropology from Harvard; have a Master’s degree in public health from University of Cape Town and an MBA from UC Berkeley; as well as formal training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and coaching. I have 20 years of experience as a strategist and leader working at organizations like Booz & Co. and Deloitte in industries as varied as: healthcare, technology, financial services, consumer goods and automotive, as well as a number of non-profit organizations.
At Harvard, I began to see that the game of life, the game of success, wasn’t what I thought it was—it wasn’t a meritocracy. After 20 years at all levels of corporate America, I realized there was a very specific type of inner work I had to do around my sense of power, authority, and leadership to be effective. I also understood there is a structural inertia in corporate America that can make it difficult for people of color, and immigrants, to get ahead and stay ahead.
I had to learn to play the game, and change the game at the same time. I think that’s what most of us who are the “first’s” and “only’s” have to do. Play the Game. Change the Game.