September 2, 2019
Running for Board of Education
4:02 pm cdt
For more than eight years, I promoted civic leadership as part of my Hays Area Chamber of Commerce duties.
Due to our employee policy, I was unable to run for any elected position, so when I pursued my own professional consulting
business, I knew I needed to “practice what I preached.” I grew up with my own father serving on the Board at
our local school district, and thus believe my own child (who is a Sophomore at Hays High School) will benefit greatly by
observing me in this important volunteer capacity. Walking into the county clerk’s office to file for USD 489 Board
of Education was a thrill, but also one of the more vulnerable moments I’ve experienced. While I cannot control the
outcome of the election, I am proud to have the courage and fortitude to put my name on the ballet this election.
Since I have this site to use as a platform, let me share a few reasons why I believe I’m qualified
for this important role. Working with a variety of boards, personalities, and the general public helped me develop an extensive
and diverse set of skills. From mediation, to political savviness to fiduciary oversight, I have hands-on experience with
the more delicate matters that are unique to a Board of Education member.
skills will be a strength I rely on greatly. In my experience, the best decisions result from healthy dialogue and collaboration;
thus, having an open mind to various issues is crucial. The school district is a system made up of many moving parts and pieces,
so it is irresponsible to enter this with a mindset of preconceived notions, ideas and agendas. I understand my learning curve
will require research, discussions with various stakeholders and training with the State Board of Education; I intend to come
prepared to meetings as much as possible, while remaining honest and humble when I need to study a topic or situation more
Simply put, I am not running on any specific agenda item,
and while everyone may not agree with my decisions, I hope they can trust I put forward due diligence in making the best decisions
July 29, 2019
So now what?
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Today marks the day I focus full time on my new business Girl Twin Solutions, LLC, where I provide professional training,
coaching, presenting, and consulting to help others achieve greater success. (My teenager keeps telling others I'm now unemployed...SELF,
son, Self-Employed - big difference!)
The major question I hear is what my specialty or focus will be. Out of the gate,
I've identified four areas that I am promoting, which includes Board Development, Professional Networking (connection vs transactional),
Leaderful Women and Chamber "Newbie" training. I'll spend much time creating additional content, writing (a book
is in my near future!) and developing relationships (in other words, presenting at as many conferences as possible).
also welcome ideas on training needs so that I can customize to fit specific business needs; two requests I've received so
far focus on the area of customer experience. Feel free to drop me a note on your ideas at email@example.com.
July 25, 2019
Last Day Eve
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Every day for the past eight years, I have had the privilege of serving 487 members, leading 4 amazing professionals, facilitating
7 leadership programs, guiding 50 ambassadors, aiding 13 board directors and encouraging 130 young professionals.
it all ends tomorrow. But who's counting?
Along the way, there have been numerous meetings, discussions, agendas, smiles
and memories, including the pivotal moment in 2013 when we were honored as a National Chamber of the Year finalist. The faces
and names have changed somewhat during this date range, but the friendships and experiences will inspire me for eternity.
am honored to have been a small piece of a larger legacy and I thank all those who helped me along this incredible journey.
July 17, 2019
ACCE Conference a Success!
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Since I announced my resignation as Chamber President/CEO in February (by the way, I don’t recommend
6-month notices in case you are wondering), life has been a whirlwind of activity and emotions. Time spent during the day
focused on chamber succession planning, while evenings have been spent focusing on my new business. Preparing for the ACCE
Conference in Long Beach, which took place this week, became priority as I was honored to facilitate a break-out session as
my first official outing representing Girl Twin Solutions. I made valuable connections and met even more amazing Chamber professionals,
so overall a great investment of time and resources.
One aspect I regret not having time to focus
on these past few months is updating this website. As you can tell from the archives, I have blogged since 2009. That simple
action was a small step toward preparing for the large leap of creating my own business. In the weeks ahead, this website
will morph to represent the next phase of my professional career and personal aspirations. I welcome you to join me in this
journey of discovery and development.
February 16, 2019
Why Girl Twin Solutions?
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If I run into anyone who knows of my hometown of Healy, Kan., I will refer to myself as the girl twin. Instead of sharing
I was Gary Brooks' daughter (he had two) or his child (he had three), I simply say I'm the girl twin. In a community of less
than 300, my twin brother and I were one of few twin sets who lived there all of our 18 years of childhood. I believe the
next set closest in age were still decades apart from us. Thus begins my most unique claim to fame.
I love being a twin
- while we never experienced those "twin moments" some people share, I do find it interesting that I had to learn
to refer to myself in the singular form. Even today, I slip into "we" or "us" when referring to my childhood.
the most impactful part of sharing my childhood with another was the continuous training of teamwork. Sibling interaction
plays a huge role in development, and I would argue being a twin, especially when growing up in such a small town, helped
me be more effective when working with others.
Stay tune for more updates on this new venture!