Hi! I'm Rebecca and I help People Choose Awesome.
A Former Disney Princess
Well...kinda... I worked in Cinderella's castle and was often mistaken for a princess...
It was a childhood dream of mine to work for Disney. I wanted to create magic and make dreams come true.
I packed my car and headed to Florida from Massachusetts to get a job at Disney.
My career started in Fantasyland merchandise where I learned it's a small world after all and had the opportunity grow into various roles in Disney Theme Parks & Resorts, Disney Consumer Products, Walt Disney International, and Disney Studio Entertainment around the world. (For more on my Disney career, click here)
Disney Nerd Fact: I have been to all the Disney Parks in the world.
I am honored to have received a life-time achievement award before I was 30, Partners in Excellence. It is the Disney equivalent of an Academy Award. Actually, more like an EGOT as it recognizes excellence in 3 areas: business results, employee excellence, and customer satisfaction.
I had a magical corporate career spending time in operations and a good number of years in leadership and professional development training. I designed, delivered, and marketed programs to employees through the Disney University. I also had the unique opportunity to develop and provide external business training to individuals and organizations who wanted to learn from Disney with the Disney Institute.
I enjoy learning, sharing concepts, and discussing theory (I am bit of a nerd like that) but my real love, what lights me up is working with people to take knowledge into action. Actually, doing something through experiments.
I had another dream. To go deeper with people, providing personalized, a higher level of support as they grow and develop themselves and their businesses.
Following this dream seemed scarier than packing up my car and driving to Florida.
After 4.5 years in Shanghai with The Walt Disney Company (China), I landed in Los Angeles and was at a crossroad on what’s next. I mustered up all my courage and made a choice.
I chose to help others discover, own, and unleash their awesome through leadership, career, and business coaching.
1. People are awesome.
If people don't get you they don't deserve you.
There’s a need to bring human back. Especially in business. Without people, there’s no business.
I believe the way you build, grow, and sustain awesome in business (insert you definition of awesome business here) is by engaging the hearts and minds of people. How you treat people matters.
2. People Have Short Attention Spans
I'm going to let you in on a little secret. I have a short attention span, get bored quickly, and don't like long term commitments. It's not just me...I bet you do too. A study has shown that goldfish have longer attention span than humans!
I have to keep my attention span and those of clients I am working with in mind.
I am multi-passionate. I have started a handful of businesses. From having a vegetable/lemonade stand as a child to a boutique travel agency, an online pearl business, and some other dabbling and collaborations now and again.
I have been a Homeowner's Association President (I know crazy) a community theater producer, and an adjunct professor in business and hospitality.
I am curious and love to learn. When I am not collecting degrees (I hold a Ph.D. in Education, Leadership Development and Training, a MBA with a focus on Quality Management, a BA in Psychology, an AA in Liberal Arts) or posting pics of my retired ex-racing greyhound Landon—also known as LL Cool Grey—I am reading, traveling, hiking, hanging out with my husband Todd, who is an Imagineer with Disney and my friends, or I can be found watching TV, which I do to support the local economy here in LA.
If you’ve made it this far, I think we could be friends or work together! If you haven't gotten enough...
- I love Dolly Parton, George Michael, Elvis, Sir Tom Jones, Sandra Bernhard, and my Peloton bike
- I played Little League Baseball, the only girl
- Peanut butter cups & gummy bears are my weaknesses
- Hamilton is brilliant! I'm obsessed
- My air fryer is amazing
- I'm so glad Queer Eye is back on Netflix! I cry every episode
Here's where I have been honored to be featured and have had others said about me.
48 Days podcast
I am honored to be featured as a success story by New York Times Best Selling Author, Dan Miller on his 48 Days Online Radio Show. Named one on INC. 100 podcasts that make you smarter, better, wiser.
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Featured by WHen I grow Up as a case study
Contributor to Living Above the maze
Included with these incredible authors, speakers, coaches who are out there making their dreams a reality and helping others–there are no words. Thank you Chet for the opportunity! Let's all keep living above the maze!
Dropping some KNowledge on My Biggest Dream Biz Lesson
"No one REALLY knows what they are doing"
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QUOTES, KIND THINGS & A Poem
In The Chinese Press and SOcial MediA
When I moved to China my Father told me to stay out of jail and the papers. I stayed out of jail Dad but was....
In the PRC newspaper. Taken during the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in Shanghai. It says how fast I am in Chinese (I think).
In Time Out Shanghai raining money for Shanghai charities at the Charity Spinathon sponsored by Spinback Fitness
On China Social Media-QQ Weixin & WeChat campaign. When I say I am big in China. It is true! I am much larger than most there. I had trouble finding shoes!
Holding a panda! Where else but China can you hold a panda?!