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To inform my research & teaching, I draw on a variety of experiences outside academia. I was the manager of a purposeful travel leadership development program, a TEDx organizing team member, and the fundraising coordinator for a nonprofit.


As a professional development coach, I advised small business owners on their brand’s communication strategy and worked with individuals on skills such as presentation design & public speaking. As a speaker, I delivered workshops on topics such as cultural sensitivity in business and creative communication.


I am open to the following: 

  • Leadership Development

  • Event Marketing & Speaker Coaching (TEDx)

  • Fundraising

  • Talks & Workshops

  • Professional Development Coaching


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I designed & managed the program for "Expeditions to Planet Earth". This included  recruiting/selecting clients, professional development training, networking with top businesses to arrange partnerships, curating cultural activities, travel logistics, & service to a charity.
Leadership Development
Leadership Development

World destinations

  • Barcelona, Spain

  • Milan, Italy

  • Como, Italy

  • Budapest, Hungary

  • San Francisco, California

  • NYC, New York

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Expeditions to Planet Earth is dedicated to developing leaders through purposeful travel. Clients engage in:
1. Professional development, 2. Business visitations,
3. Cultural immersion, 4. Volunteering/service
Sunset Over New York City

International: "A Taste of European Business"

  • Leadership development training for a team of 20, community service, 10-day travel to Spain, Italy, & Hungary with business visits & cultural immersion.

National: "East Coast & West Coast Business"

  • Leadership development training for a team of 8, community service, 10-day travel to the San Francisco Bay Area and NYC with business visits & cultural immersion.

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Local: "Local Gems in Chico & Beyond"

  • Excellence awards for 5, local TED Talk lecture & Business Etiquette Dinner participation for 40.

Business visits

With a focus on marketing, I helped organize TEDx events aimed at sharing "ideas worth spreading" while brining the local community together. 
I collaborated on auditioning and coaching speakers, working with the local media, business partners, volunteers, and vendors. I got the audience engaged while MC-ing the "Disrupt" Salon.
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"What is a TEDx event? 
Imagine a day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking video and mind-blowing conversation."
Praying Together

TEDxChico Event - Community Unbound

Bridging the divisions within community; reaching beyond current perception to a deeper connection.


TEDxChico Salon - Grow

The first ever TEDxChico Salon themed "Grow" features talks on a variety of environmentally focused topics from seed saving, to rewilding farms to bees, and biodiesel.

Color Bombs

TEDxChico Salon - Disrupt

TEDxChico Salon will couple TED Talks with speakers from Butte county shaking things up locally and around the world.

Photos from the 2013 TEDxChico event:

copyright: TEDxChico



Lives forever linked - the splendor of becoming a living donor: Nandi Crosby at TEDxChico

As the development coordinator, I designed content for the website, print marketing, and social media. I supervised a group of interns and coordinated fundraising - meeting with prospective donors, writing letters of inquiry for foundations, and helping organize community events.
You can make a difference!
One Mobile Projector per Trainer is a 501c3 nonprofit in international development. They "deliver training and video technology solutions to connect rural communities and humanitarian assistance programs."
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Literacy education in Mozambique, Africa

  • Partnering with Save the Children on a literacy project, OMPT delivered a workshop training the staff to create and disseminate local-origination educational video content.  

Economic development in Rwanda, Africa

  • As part of a larger effort to improve living standards in rural Rwanda, OMPT partnered with with Global Communities, delivering video kits & training.

Literacy education in Ethiopia, Africa

  • OMPT partnered with World Vision & Save the Children, delivering a workshop training the staff to create and disseminate local origination educational video content.

Talks & Workshops
As a speaker, I have delivered talks & workshops to multiple audiences on the following topics:
  • Workplace wellbeing
  • Professional social media use
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Creative communication
Talks & Workshops
Yoga by the Ocean
Social network concept

Action Research: Investigating Wellbeing in Organizations

  • Research Talk event hosted by Swissnex/Swiss National Science Foundation/ Universita della Svizzera Italiana 

Dos and Don'ts: Professional Use of Social Media

  • Workshop delivered to the Delta Sigma Pi Co-Ed International Business Fraternity at CSUC in Chico, CA.

World Peace
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At the interface of research and art: Exploring critical and creative ways of reporting research

  • Workshop organized by Nair L. B., Diochon, P. F., Lassu, R. A., Louis, D., delivered at the  Academy of Management  Annual Meeting

Multicultural Interactions: Six Tips for Success Abroad

  • Workshop delivered to the Delta Sigma Pi Co-Ed International Business Fraternity at CSUC in Chico, CA.

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Action Research:

Investigating Wellbeing in Organizations

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At the interface of research and art: Exploring critical and creative ways of reporting research

Professional Development Coaching
I have advise small business owners on their brand’s communication strategy, and worked with individual clients on skills such as presentation design & public speaking.
Professional Development Coaching

Branding bootcamp

  • What's your story? Are you telling it like you want to? This workshop for small business owners is designed to help you develop your brand's communication in an authentic, relevant, and clear manner. 

Social network concept

Communication strategy refresh

  • Could your brand's communication use some sprucing up? Whether you'd like to update your website, develop new marketing material, or redesign your image, this workshop will help you do it.

Public Speaker

Rock the presentation 

  • Ready to rock your next presentation? You don't have to love public speaking to give an amazing talk. With the right presence, speaking,  and body language, you can look confident even if you don't 100% feel that way. Awesome slides help too! Let's get you there!

Girl Doing Push-Ups

Work it...your strengths that is!

  • What do you love doing? How can you apply those skills to a meaningful career? This workshop is for early-career professionals. We'll work on identifying your unique strengths, and what's meaningful to you so you can know exactly what to look for in your career.

Informative Interview

Get that job!

  • Navigating is easy with GPS. This workshop is like a GPS, navigating you to find the job that fits you best. We'll work on your resume, Linkedin profile, cover letter, job search techniques, and interviewing. 

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