As a member of the BigCommerce executive leadership, I lead several of the amazing marketing teams, including Product Marketing, Analyst Relations, Public Relations, and our Customer Reference & Use Case Program.
I come to everything with a growth mindset and an eagerness to learn, by doing, reading, or challenging myself to learn something new. It’s not just a passion of mine, but something that was rooted in my upbringing.
I’m an advocate for employee rights, LGBTQ and other inclusion, and a strong believer that we should all bring our authentic selves to work every day.
I currently sit on the national board of Directors for Planned Parenthood, and last month was appointed by the Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez to the 2020 DNC Standing Committee — specifically the Platform Committee of the DNC as a Superdelegate, Party Leader, and Elected Official. Previously, I served eight years on the national board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign, and had worked on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Marriage Equality. I was also a member of President Obama’s National LGBT Policy Committee for the eight years of his presidency.
Visibility. In 2004 I transitioned from male to female, finally correcting something that I had known from an early age. This transition was at a time when there were little to no role models, and certainly a lack of knowledge/awareness in the medical community.
As a senior executive in a technology company based in Houston, Texas, I fully expected my CEO (whom I worked with closely) to fire me, but he didn’t. He supported me. While I lost friends, some family, and likely some professional respect, I stood tall and proud of who I was.
My career did take a hit, as did my paycheck, but I was finally me. Over the coming years I put my career back on track. I led LGBTQ Workplace Policies, and went out of my way to help others, especially minorities and women..
I find inspiration when I get to see others overcome obstacles and shine.
Some of the coolest eCommerce sites are the ones that differentiate their experiences. I like Skullcandy for their creativity, Burrow for how they disrupted the furniture market, and Fitbit for the coolness of their site.
Love this!! Music is my go-to for motivation but my collection is so varied — it just depends on my mood and what I need to get done.
I Feel Love – Erasure/Bronski Beat
Anything Studio 54 on SiriusXM!
What do you geek out over?
Cyber! I love the cybersecurity space, having been around it for a couple of decades. I like digging in to find out how and what motivates hackers!
Chocolate — but specifically English Galaxy Milk Chocolate!