On a personal level, I am the proverbial cat with nine lives- living life on "20%." In 2005, at the age of 31, I endured a pulmonary embolism, which was a blood clot in my lungs. Then on September 18, 2012, one month after beginning coursework for my doctoral program at Pepperdine University, I suffered a massive stroke in 2 places and underwent a 7 hour brain surgery. I was released to go home from the hospital the day before my 38th birthday.
I'm not all struggles and near-death experiences, though. After taking the fall 2012 semester off to recover and recuperate, I re-entered Pepperdine's Organizational Leadership program. I completed my doctoral degree in 2015, focusing my research on women and leadership.