My days of entertaining started as far back as I can remember with a theatrical performance at New York's famed Apollo Theater. I was 13 at the time and representing Minnesota in Hal Jackson's Talented Teen Pageant. My dream was to become an actress, that was until I started watching Oprah religiously. She inspired me to follow in her career path as a journalist. Some of my career highlights have included package producing for Entertainment Tonight and Hard Copy, covering the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton, and serving as anchor/health reporter for CBS affiliate WDBJ for more than a decade. These days I still enjoying entertaining a crowd whether as a motivational speaker or emcee, and my "news voice" has come in quite handy for commercials and other voice-over work.
After more than a decade in news, I left the business to pursue a career in public relations. Many people told me I was giving up my dream and that I would likely never be on television again. It was one of the hardest decision of my life but I decided to step out on faith and put all fear aside. Six months into my new career path, I met a life coach who encouraged me to follow my childhood dream. In 2011, I took a leap of faith and started my own television talk show and launched my production company - all while working my full-time job. The show originally taped before a live studio audience and aired for four seasons, most recently on the CBS affiliate WDBJ7. Over the past few years, it's been an honor to provide women with positive, inspirational programming. A new season is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018, with a new name - Living Your Best Life With Joy.
I have gained so much knowledge over the years from my days as a TV host, a journalist and public relations expert, that I feel compelled to share it with others. I get some much joy from helping entrepreneurs craft and share their messages. I believe every woman has a story to tell and I want to give them tools to do it and a platform to share it.