"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
~ Howard Thurman
The Barefoot Dancing Rocket Scientist

With a childhood dream to become an astronaut, I dedicated my life to science at an early age.


After earning two engineering degrees from Stanford, a U.S. Air Force officer commission, and an astronautical engineering PhD from the Naval Postgraduate School, I could actually say I was a rocket scientist!

For 20 years I followed my chosen path, until the shape of my eyeballs disqualified me and shattered my astronaut dream.  

In the years since, I've learned new ways of being. I've realigned my life with my passions for creativity, relationship building, leadership and team dynamics, and mindful living.

My journey has taught me that identity and goals are not synonymous, that even major disappointments hold gifts beyond imagining, and that every experience leads us closer to our purpose on this earth.

I'm truly living my dream every day — dancing with our magical universe.

Life Philosophy

From my experiences as a horsewoman, intercontinental marathoner, and barefoot runner, I've learned to embrace the "natural" in everything. Grounding my body and soul in the energy of the earth and the universe helps me tap into eternal sources of inspiration and creativity.

From my days as a swing and country dancer, I've embodied the fundamental human fuel of connection and the joy of seamless transitions between leading and following. The daily dance of connecting with soul, purpose, family, friends, students, teachers, humanity, and the universe keeps me vibrant and alive.

From my education and training as a rocket scientist, I've applied the essence of rocket science to life as a whole. With an inspiring vision in mind, I have the power to go from where I am to where I want to be, to celebrate my progress and adjust course, and to leap forward by letting go.

Work With Me

I help executives and teams cut through the noise and focus on what matters most. Together we build grounded leaders, connected humans, and powerful teams with the clarity, focus, and resilience to thrive through change and uncertainty.

Core Values


Experience Wonder and Awe


Laugh with Delight


Boldly Go

Credentials & Certifications

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Portraits by Mina Habibi Portrait Artist