In 2009, Ann was diagnosed with breast cancer and is now thriving and starting her newest speaking business – I Am a Thriver … as an advocate and spokesperson for cancer “thrivers.”
But here’s the first part of the story … the back story:
Ann calls herself a Catalyst for Change and ReInvention. She’s been somewhat of a maverick forever, always striving to stay on the cutting edge of needs and to sync them with her own interests and desires. She is definitely someone who walks her walk, and talks her talk.
For a living
Ann is a professional speaker and an organizational / executive coach. She built this practice by first being a psychotherapist, a health-care administrator, a college professor, and of course a mother (and even a wife for 25 years). For the last 17 years, Ann has worked around the country speaking, training and coaching in corporations, non-profits, government agencies and at professional association conferences. She brings inspiration for change to her audiences, as well as her sense of humor. She helps to inspire people to move away from the “status quo” – to something that excites them, gives them juice, gets them out of bed in the morning.
People come to her when they are ready for something to be different. And Ann knows about different. She’s been re-inventing most of her life… both professionally and personally.
Ann has worked as a special education teacher, a psychotherapist, a college professor and a healthcare administrator. She’s been independently employed for 25 years, the last 17 as a Professional Speaker and Coach. She was married for 25 years, divorced at mid-life. She has a 36 year old son. (He’s the lead singer of the band Distant Lights, Austin, TX) In 2006, she sold everything (almost .. she brought the cats with her) and moved from Austin, TX to NYC for a new adventure. … and then, in 2009 – Breast Cancer. Not part of the plan. But Ann faced it as a reality, used her resiliency skills and is now thriving. She walks her walk… she doesn’t just speak about ReInvention… she does it!
Ann has lost two brothers to cancer, a cousin, has a niece that is still dealing with cancer. Last year, her son was diagnosed with a serious melanoma on his scalp. It was fairly deep, surgically removed, as was a major lymph node. Good news – it appears they “got it all.” So, now Ann adds Mother of a child with cancer to her repertoire.