Professor. Women's Advocate. Storyteller.

I am a professor in the Doctoral Program for Organizational Leadership at Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System in California.  During my seven years as a professor I have worked with doctoral students to conduct important research on women in leadership.  I have personally spent the last decade studying and researching the effects of confidence and courage on women’s ability to attain power

and influence. I am the author of five books:  The SeXX Factor; Rules of the Game; 92 Tips from the Trenches; and
Don’t Forget Your Sweater, Girl. My newest book,
Don’t Forget Your Lipstick, Girl: Sister to Sister Secrets for Gaining Confidence, Courage, and Power is the culmination

of a 10 year personal study on women and self-confidence.


Here’s the Deal : What do we need to do to finally take a place at the table with our male equals? The answer, I believe is quite simple.  We need to do what men have been doing all along; develop a strong presence in the workplace, throughout our communities and in our personal environments.  Women don’t need to compete with men; rather, we need to emulate what men have done so well throughout history: become fearless competitors, take risks, exude confidence, sit in the front of the room and speak up to be heard!  And the good news for women is that these skills can be learned, just like negotiation skills or job interviewing, and it’s something that can be mastered over time through trial and error and experimentation.


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My Story


As a ten year old girl, hoping to play little league baseball, I cut my hair off to look like a boy.  It didn't work. 


Knowing there was little chance I could  play on a girl's basketball team  I decided to join the cheer squad. 


Two careers existed for women; teaching or nursing.  While I wanted to become a hairdresser my father wanted me to go to college as he feared I wouldn't be able to find a husband. 

Attended Adelphi University near NYC.  You were nobody if you weren't accepted into a sorority.  Go Delta Gamma!


Oh my!  Look at that dress!


And I didn't  find this guy in College.  I met him in a bar on summer vacation. 

Married that guy right after college graduation. Love that all my sisters were in the wedding.


Moved to California and taught school in Long Beach.  Had a woman principal who told me I could be one too!


My one and only baby boy.  Born after teaching for six years.  Nice break.


Took my Long Beach principal's advice and became a middle school principal in Torrance USD.  Loved every minute of it. 

Spent two years photographing women in careers traditionally held by men. 


Earned my doctorate, researched the gender divide and wrote
a book for women.  Convinced more than ever that I could become a school CEO.   


After six grueling job interviews I became the first woman superintendent for Central Unified School District.  Loved the job.


Worked so hard at being a school superintendent, the city  awarded me Top Ten Women of the Year.


Retired and wrote a book  to help others  get a job in educational leadership. Was an Amazon Best Seller!


Accepted a faculty position in the doctoral program for Brandman University.  Awarded Faculty of the Year!  Nice.


Began speaking at Women's conferences on how to gain a position of leadership in a male driven society. 


Coauthored a book with a university colleague on how to keep your job once you get it!


Began speaking professionally on the topic of women in leadership and the gender divide.


Began researching women and aging and coauthored a book with my sister to navigate the topic of ageism. 


Privileged to work with strong women on their  dissertations related to  women and leadership.



Researched women and self-confidence and wrote another Sister Book with my Sister Jessica.  


Partner in Crime-My co-author and sister, Jessica Thompson.  Together we interviewed hundreds of women on self confidence and personal power.  


Excited to be interviewed for our Lipstick Book by the LA Times.