President & CEO
Holden Forests & Gardens
Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, bachelor’s degree
Best Advice: Make time for play and to breathe, and occasional boredom is essential to creating space for new ideas.
Important Lesson Learned: Show up and work the plan every day
Proudest Moment: The biggest accomplishments and proudest moments aren’t from a singular, overnight idea or action, but instead are made up of many small, sometimes seemingly unnoticeable steps along the way. Put together and combined with focus on a clear goal, big things happen.
What I’d Tell 16-Year-Old Me: Don’t give up if you lose what you think is an important contest. You can’t always see
the path ahead, and a moment of loss has the potential to create even greater and more meaningful success for you.
Hobby/Passion: Cooking and baking are my zen space, along with hiking and simply being outdoors no matter the season.