Who I Am:
I moved from Los Angeles to Riyadh in February 2018 to accompany my husband, Paul, who has started a new joint venture in Saudi Arabia. Paul and I are parents to four daughters. Our youngest daughter, age 15, is here with us and attends the American International School, Riyadh (AIS-R); while our three grown daughters are currently living in California.
As our family envisioned the life transition from Southern California to Saudi Arabia, we recognized that we were coming to a unique place at a unique time, and we wanted to be an integral part of the transformational change that is taking place. We decided that I would invest my time here to pursue endeavours that would best utilize my passion, professional skills, and experience.
Having juggled work and family most of my life, this past year has brought a new found freedom of managing my own time. At the onset, I had established a few “aspirational goals” to keep myself motivated and to develop a healthy routine. This has allowed me to gravitate towards like-minded people and organizations focused on growth, like WSB.
On a more personal note, my heart sings in nature, thus I love travelling to places with natural beauty. And in my spare time, I experiment with gardening, cooking, and the art of flower arranging.
What I Have Done:
I am a 25-year career professional currently on “otium” while in Riyadh. In my last assignment, I served as a business leader providing focused global business insight through various levels of performance and market trend analysis to the executive leadership team for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.* I facilitated the strategy for harnessing, sharing, and collaborating business intelligence to help set the critical foundation for the future success of Jacobs by successfully launching the new CRM (Customer Relationship Management) Program across the globe. I held a strategic role during the most significant transformation in the history of the company. I was an integral part of executive leadership succession planning, restructuring the company into Lines of Business, and the largest acquisition in the history of our industry (CH2M).
In the area of philanthropy, I am currently leading the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) at AIS-R as the President. In the past, I have served as a mentor for the underprivileged students in the Los Angeles area in the field of Architecture, Construction, and Engineering through the ACE Mentorship Program. In addition, I spent a year in Russia as a mentor to students at the St. Petersburg State University, Physics Department.
My Passion and the Women’s Skills Bureau (WSB):
Initially, I was drawn to WSB because of the opportunity to network with professional women from around the world who have the common connection of being away from “home” and putting their careers on hold. When approached by the WSB founder, Sally Kennedy, to be part of the Board as the Director for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 year, I visualized how I can use my strengths in leadership and strategic organization to elevate WSB to meet the recent wave of changes for women here in-Kingdom. One of the most intriguing discoveries, since I’ve been in Saudi, is the untapped pool of talent all around us. By harnessing our power and strength to inspire, influence, and teach each other we can make a difference in each other’s lives. We are dynamic in the way we interact and when we are inclusive, we reshape the conversation and create an environment that thrives.
I am ecstatic to be part of such a purposeful organization in Saudi and ask for your full support in the upcoming year.
* Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With $15 billion in fiscal 2018 revenue and a talent force of more than 80,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional and construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors.