Public Speaking

As a professor in undergraduate and graduate education, I have been speaking to audiences large and small for decades. She I have presented keynote addresses at conferences such as the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organization, the Society for Research in Adult Development, and the Meyers and Briggs Foundation. m now works for Hospice of Santa Barbara and Fielding Graduate University as a public speaker, and offers such topics as “How to start a conversation about death and dying,” “Stages or styles? How people cope with dying and bereavement,” and “How to become a Dharma friend, sitting with a dying person.” I recently gave a talk about “Advanced Directives,” at the Harvard School of Psychiatry and Law.

I am passionate about positive adult development in both the individual and the group. I have offered workshops on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, Building Team-Work and Communication across Boundaries,” “Group Decision-making,” and “Conflict Management.”

In my work, I synthesize research, experience, and common sense to support positive development in adult thinking, feeling, and action. My methods include lecture, story-telling, and hands-on experiential exercises to address various learning styles in adulthood. I like to sit with my clients and determine the best way to reach the audience they represent on the kinds of problems they face.


I have worked as a coach, a facilitator, and an evaluator in a wide variety of settings with individuals and organizations. I am have experience in curriculum and program design, workshop construction, and process consulting. My focus is always on improving understanding and communication between individuals, across groups, and throughout organizations. I do this by coming to understand what ideas individuals bring to the table, concerns they have, and what they hope to accomplish. I believe that the integration of competing ideas can bring fresh vigor to groups and organizations and that examination of personal goals and barriers can promote individual development.