Option 1 

Although women makeup nearly half of the workforce, they are underrepresented in leadership roles across industries. This is the gender leadership gap and the problem that I am obsessed with solving.  My background as school psychologist that also has a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies, has given me both the knowledge and skills to see a solution in educating girls. I founded Girls With Ideas to help girls ages 9-13 become creative, confident leaders at the age where they are thinking about who they are and who they want to become. My expertise in psychology, education, my research in creativity thinking, and my passion for education and youth leadership programs all led me to work on this problem. 

I am currently looking for a teaching position that would allow me to teach others, something that I am good at and enjoy doing but also allow me to pursue research on this topic further. 

Option 2 

I began my career as a school psychologist because I had a passion for helping all students reach their full potential. After working in schools I became especially interested in how we can help students think more creatively and build an environment that values that. As someone who has always been drawn to leadership as I volunteered for youth leadership organizations for 15 years, I decided to go back to school to get a doctorate interdisciplinary leadership studies. I studied how leaders in all sectors can influence creative thinking. As a women studying leadership, I was exposed to the gender leadership gap and became obsessed with solving the problem of how to close it.  My expertise in psychology, education, and creative thinking  collided with my passion for youth leadership programs and interest in women's issues. This combination led me to found Girls With Ideas, a company focused on closing the gender leadership gap by teaching middle school girls how to be creative, confident leaders.  

I love teaching others about these topics I am passionate about. I am currently seeking employment by a university that would allow me to teach and take research the issues that Girls With Ideas tackles. 


ED.D: LEADERSHIP                                  2011 - 2014                                                    

Creighton University | Omaha, NE                  

ED.S: SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY              2010 - 2012

University of Nebraska-Omaha | Omaha, NE  

MS: PSYCHOLOGY                                  2008 - 2010

University of Nebraska-Omaha | Omaha, NE 

BA: PSYCHOLOGY                                  2004 - 2007

Creighton University | Omaha, NE 


  • August 2015 - Present
  • Girls With Ideas™ is a leadership organization focused closing the gender leadership gap by directly teaching leadership skills to young girls through the process of implementing an idea. It started as a product of Axle Rev and soon became its own organization. 
  • Developed, tested, and edited an educational, project-based leadership curriculum for girls. 
  • Launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that resulted in funding to publish the curriculum. 
  • Led team through the application and completion of the Iowa Startup Accelerator
  • Promoted business and mission by speaking at over 30 events about the business and how to help close the gender leadership gap. 
  • Examined, evaluated, assessed feedback from users for future product development. 


  • May 2014 - August 2016
  • Axle Rev was a boutique organizational development firm that specialized in creativity and innovation. Axle Rev offered practical, actionable industry tested solutions for resolving leadership and employee recruitment and retention issues. 
  • Founded the organization based on personal research related to the influence leaders have on innovation. 
  • Created and executed trainings, workshops, and online courses around the topics of leadership for innovation, millennials in the workplace, and employee engagement/purpose. 
  • Authored the Leadership for Innovation model for a suite of trainings that helps leaders navigate the paradoxes of innovation in their organization. 

MOBILE CRISIS COUNSELOR                                                

  • March 2015- December 2016  | Crisis Center of Johnson County
  • Contributed to the team composed of a variety of professionals working part-time by providing the perspective a psychologist. 
  • Responded to crisis situations at people's home to help them problem solve issues including: domestic disputes, parent/child conflicts, suicidal thoughts, and lack of resources and support. 
  • Assisted in evaluations and placement for individuals in the emergency room that came in for mental health related issues but were not admitted to hosptial. 
  • Certified trainer for Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Bridges Out of Poverty community trainings. 


  • January 2016 - December 2016  | Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Taught multiple sections of Introduction to Psychology undergraduate courses.
  • Designed a syllabus, series of lectures, projects, and assessments that aligned with the departments desired student outcomes.
  • Initiated classroom management strategies to shape an inclusive classroom where students of all backgrounds felt empowered to participate. 
  • Utilized Moodle as well as other technology tools to build student relationships, exchange information, and provide detailed student feedback
  • Identified ways to engage students in material by integrating current events, pop culture, and self-reflection into each class. 
  • Advised students on strategies for studying, internship opportunities, adjustment to collegiate expectations, and future career plans. 

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST                                                    

  • August 2013 - June 2015 | Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Iowa City, IA
  • Responsible for initial special education evaluation, re-evaluations, and consultation on IEP goals and services for two elementary schools.
  • Consultant for Response to Intervention and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports initiatives.
  • Assisted school district through a review from the Federal Office of Civil Rights to ensure that all students were receiving the appropriate services despite their race or economic status. 
  • Brainstormed strategies and interventions for effectively teaching students and implemented assessment methods for their goals. 


  • January 2011 - December 2012 | University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Taught multiple sections of Introduction to Psychology for undergraduate students. 
  • Designed a syllabus, series of lectures, projects, and assessments that aligned with the departments desired student outcomes.  
  • Fostered an inclusive classroom environment where all students felt comfortable participating, sharing, and engaging in the material. 
  • Utilized Blackboard as a tool to distribute information, exchange in discussion off-line, and provide timely feedback to student's work. 
  • Maximized in class time for use of discussion and reflection to stimulate critical thinking. 

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST                       

  • August 2011 - July 2013 | Green Hills Area Education Agency in Council Bluffs, IA
  • Responsible for initial special education evaluation, re-evaluations, and consultation on IEP goals and services for grades preschool – 12th. 
  • Conducted professional development on Response to Intervention, educational policies, interventions, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, and core curriculum.
  • Designed, created, and implemented a data wall for the elementary school that resulted in identification of struggling students who then received interventions.
  • Selected, organized, administered, and managed curriculum based assessments in reading, math, and writing for grades K-5. Analyzed all of the data.
  • Counseled students weekly in small groups and one on one.


  • May 2009 - August 2011 | University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Recruited, hired, trained, and supervised staff of twenty-five undergraduate students each year. 
  • Developed, coordinated, and implemented 50 orientation sessions a year for new and transfer undergraduate students.
  • Redesigned the program format and advised the organization through second-order change.
  • Evaluated the program which resulted in approval for a budget extension, increase in staff, and overhaul of program elements.


  • March 2009- August 2011  |  Club Z Tutoring in Omaha, NE
  • Tutored middle and high school students in foster care or in state care for drug related charges.
  • Mentored students on personal issues and advocated for services in collaboration with families. 

TEACHING ASSISTANT                        

  • September 2008 - May 2009 | University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Taught weekly lectures I authored to five sections of students per semester for an Introduction to Psychology course. 
  • Facilitated discussion to encourage critical thinking around material and assessed student on all course outcomes. 
  • Coached first year college students on study skills, collegiate norms, and adjusting to a new academic workload. 

RESIDENTIAL MANAGER                       

  • January 2008-September 2008 | Developmental Services of Nebraska in Omaha, NE
  • Supervised staff and clients for an assisted living facility for persons with developmental disabilities.
  • Tailored goals for clients, continually assessed their progress, and ensured they had the necessary resources. 
  • Advocated for my to staff, fostered a supportive work environment, and developed a manual for other managers. 

 BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST                                   

  • June 2007- January 2008 | Children’s Respite Care Center in Omaha, NE
  • Designed and implemented behavior intervention programs and lesson plans for preschool aged students with behavioral disorders. 



  • July 2015 - July 2017 | Iowa Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar
  • Chaired annual leadership conference for 200 student leaders from across Iowa at Drake University.
  • Recruited, trained, and mobilized over 50 volunteers and an executive volunteer team. 
  • Negotiated contracts with universities, businesses, and local organizations for over $20,000 of funding and resources. 
  • Developed and implemented a three day program. 
  • Examined and evaluated outcomes of the program. 


  • July 2013 - July 2017  | Iowa Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar
  • 2015 - 2017  Leadership Seminar Chair, liaison to board. Advocated for a team to the board to ensure we had funding, resources, support, and reported our progress and accomplishments. 
  • 2014 - Secretary. Documented monthly meetings, fostered communication, and participated in brainstorming. 
  • 2013 -  Director of Fundraising. Assisted in developing a strategic plan for the organization and led fundraising efforts. 

SORORITY CHAPTER ADVISOR                                                                                                                             

  • August 2011 - August 2016 | Gamma Phi Beta Sorority                                    
  • Volunteered an average of 5-10 hours per week for the organization
  • Coached college women on event planning, member retention, positive relationships, budgeting, philanthropy effort, scholarship, and morale. 
  • Mediated arguments between members and modeled the ability to have critical conversations. 
  • Examined the chapter's policies, overhauled their bylaws and standards, and helped the women to implement meaningful changes for their organization. 
  • Designed leadership training and supervised executive leadership meetings. 


  • July 2012 - July 2015 | World Leadership Congress
  • Volunteered over 225 hours each year for the organization which puts on a week long leadership conference for over 400 students from around the world. 
  • Designed program elements around the Social Change Model of Leadership for the conference and served as emcee. 
  • Coached volunteers on facilitation skills, cultural competency, and fostered an environment of trust and fun within a team.  


  • July 2012- July 2015 | World Leadership Congress
  • Volunteered over 200 hours each year for the organization which puts on a week long leadership conference for over 400 students from around the world. 
  • Mentored students, facilitated conversations, and fostered teamwork for a group of high school students. 

DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT                      

  • July 2014 - July 2015 | Iowa Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar
  • Spearheaded recruitment efforts and registered over 200 high school students from around the state of Iowa to attend a three day conference.
  • Customized online forms using the Formstack application to keep track of registration paperwork for all participants.  

CO-DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING                      

  • August 2008 - May 2012 | Iowa Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar
  • Developed programming for an annual leadership conference for 200 high school student leaders from Iowa.
  • Recruited, coordinated, and directed content for 40 volunteer speakers each year. 
  • Designed three days worth of panels, activities, and presentations to inspire thinking that focused on service, diversity, leadership, and creating change around the Social Change Model of Leadership. 

GROUP FACILITATOR                                                     

BIG SISTER MENTOR                                                                     

  • September 2002 - 2009 | Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor  
  • Mentored two little sisters through the organization. 
  • Assisted with homework, designed fun activities, engaged with the community, and spent quality time with mentees.