WHAT DOES CHOOSE AWESOME DO?
People come to me to help them tap into their potential and unleash their awesome in the areas of career and leadership.
Choose Awesome is your source for help with:
- Writing your stand out, interview-getting, land-your-dream-job resume, and a job search strategy guaranteed to get you seen.
- Building confidence in your awesome knowledge, skills, and experience.
- Develop mad-ass leadership skills that make people trip over their own feet to follow you.
How does Choose Awesome help me with that?
Signature Resume Programs:
Stand Out Strategy
Who are you?
I’m a former Disney Princess, a doctor like Indiana Jones, and a mother of a retired racing greyhound named Landon, who also goes by “LL Cool Grey”. I read a lot but also watch a lot of TV and go to shows. It’s me doing my part to support the entertainment industry here in Los Angeles. I’m married to my very own Prince Charming named Todd who is an Imagineer at Disney.
Did You Always Believe In Yourself?
HECK no! Let me tell you the story of the girl with a dream drawer…
Once upon a time… (that’s how all good stories start, right?)
There was a people-pleasing “Yes girl” who grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts.
Eager to do the “right things.”
Desperate for approval of others
She learned to keep her head down and mouth shut at her first job at age 12 cucumbers on a family farm. Which is what you needed to do to not miss the cucumbers.
She had a dream drawer and way in the back next to the fancy candle, and that expensive bottle of wine is where she kept her dreams for someday.
Because she had voices in her head (living rent-free) told her, “Who do you think you are? People will think that idea is stupid, you can’t say that. You can’t do that???” (her voices love extra punctuation to prove they are yelling).
These voices filled her with fear, doubt, and sucked any confidence right out of her.
Until one day, she said ENOUGH!
No more standing by and watching other people get the opportunities and all the things she wanted.
I’m sure you figured it out that girl was me.
Being a bit of a nerd, I became obsessed with finding the fast pass of how to stop waiting for someday.
And best of all… I’ve had the honor of helping thousands like you banish fear, self-doubt, and reclaim the confidence they need to believe in themselves so we can all get on to doing work that matters.
Were you really a Disney Princess?
It depends on who you ask … But I do have “ears” of experience working for the Walt Disney Company and my very first job of my 20+ year career was working in Cinderella Castle. You were thinking it was as an It’s Small World Doll, right? … I get that a lot.
What did you do at Disney?
Created magic, made dreams come true, and spread pixie dust around the world. After getting my start in the castle, I went on to have 17 varied jobs within Disney around the world developing people, processes, running operations, and building culture. I worked in Theme Parks & Resorts, Disney Consumer Products, Walt Disney International, and Disney Studio Entertainment in operations, research, human resources, learning and organizational development. It was the ultimate wild ride leading to my work abroad–in China and throughout Asia.
You lived in China?
Do you speak Chinese?
After working at Walt Disney World for many years, we sold our house, cars, and jumped at an opportunity to relocate to Shanghai, China to develop the training team to support Disney English and live in an apartment the size of my closet in Orlando. I lived in China for 4.5 years and can speak survival Mandarin— Taxi, shopping, and ordering food.
Is there life after China? Aloha! I relocated back to the US to work at the beautiful Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu in Hawaii, and then landed at the Walt Disney Studios in California prior to starting Choose Awesome Coaching where I help people like you believe in themselves to do work that matters.
How are you a doctor like Indiana Jones?
When referred to as Dr. Morgan, I’m asked if I’m a medical doctor. I explain I’m not a medical doctor but a Ph.D. like Indiana Jones except he studied archeology. I studied education, psychology, business, liberal arts, and what makes people awesome. It comes in handy when I’m told I have a typo. I tell people I have a Ph.D. in typos and new words.
How did you become a leadership expert?
I’m hesitant to call myself a leadership expert, but the thousands I’ve helped to develop their leadership skills and style through my work with the Disney University and Disney Institute might disagree.
My non-negotiable values are to be more HUMAN. To connect, engage, and inspire the hearts and minds of people and not to be a bosshole.
I believe in my bones in this style of leadership practice so much that I was recognized with a handful of Mousecars, which is the Disney version of an Academy Award over the years as well as receiving a Disney Lifetime Achievement Award during my career.
My prior leadership experience includes my very first leadership role at Disney. I was 24 years old and I couldn’t keep a house plant alive. Suddenly I found myself responsible for over 400 employees at Epcot.
After a lot of lessons learned, I went on to lead teams of all shapes and sizes and helped tens of thousands of leaders around the world at all levels at the Walt Disney Company build their leadership legacies. I also campaigned and got elected president of a HOA (what was I thinking?).
Now, I’m on a mission supporting current leaders and ones in-the-making who are serious about finding the shorter path to get the strategies and skills of awesome leaders so that they can make a real difference, NOW in The Awesome Leader League (T.AL.L.)
Wait! You have a lifetime achievement award from Disney?
Yes! I received the award before I was 30 for my contributions to business results, employee excellence, and customer satisfaction. It’s like a Disney EGOT.
I took my father to the ceremony, which he still talks about. He really loved that bacon-wrapped lobster tail they served.
*EGOT is an acronym for “Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony” in reference to persons who have won all four awards.
How did you get into resume writing and personal branding?
I believe the recruiting process is broken.
The notion that you spend days and weeks keyword stuffing your resume to appeal to a computer in hopes that an inanimate machine will “select” you from the masses is a real fairy tale.
You, your knowledge, skills, and experience deserve better than that!
Being a bit of a nerd, I became obsessed with finding the secret decoder ring of the job search process, resumes, all of it.
I use nontraditional job search strategies and help you craft resumes, profiles, and cover letters in a way that screams READ ME—guaranteed to get you seen in the job market and not make you sound like a robot professor who “Consistently demonstrates exceptional knowledge and decision-making abilities” (actual line I used in an old resume of mine).
What makes you different?
Once upon a time… (that’s how all good stories start, right?)
I was hand-picked to be a VIP tour guide at Walt Disney World where I would host guests, celebrities, dignitaries, and executives during their visit at the parks. It’s one of the most exclusive and personalized ways to experience the parks.
I learned the magic and impact this level of service brings to an experience so when I started my business, I decided to make that level of service avaialble to my clients who want it. Highly personal, customized, one-on-one.
If you are like, who’s that? It’s actor Charlton Heston and his Grandson and comedian Bob Hope.
Who do you work with?
My clients are often multi-passionate and creative-minded humans who often put others first leaving little time for themselves who have worked for great success and yet a little unhappy inside, or that something is missing, wrong, and often feeling guilty for having what they do, wanting more or something different.
I’ve worked across all industries. Entertainment, finance, sales, non-profit, photography, hospitality, business, tech, and more.
I have a business.
Can I hire you to help my business?
I’d be thrilled to serve as a consultant to your business. Here are the areas in which I can provide the most support:
Customer Service|Employee Experience|Process Improvement|Leadership Development|Training
So, where does the name Choose Awesome come from?
I believe the greatest pop band EVER is Wham! and that I was going to marry George Michael. Unfortunately, he was taken from us all too soon for that to happen.
In an appearance on the UK’s Top of the Pops the boys from Wham! wore white t-shirts with “Number One” written on them. In the official video for their #1 song Wake Me Up Before You Go Go they wore Choose Life t-shirts and the band Go-Go shirts which became the inspiration for Choose Awesome and the official company uniform.
Wham! is also how I wound up living in China. Another story for another day.
I also believe every day is a choice. So choose awesome or not awesome. What are you going to choose? I want to know! Say Hi and let me know.