Organizer / Curator, TEDxVail, WILD Foundation
My grandfathers taught me to respect Earth. Digging deep with hands into the dirt, I’ve created award-winning gardens, innovative programs (Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail and the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, AK). Risk taking, I’ve flown high (freestyle aerialist up for 1988 Calgary Olympics and Air Castles hot air balloon champagne flight service in Boulder), pioneered new paths (one of the first women attending US Air Force Academy, and dug deep within (Lifespring councilor, Conscious Evolution guide, social synergist, tribal spiritual ecology) all characterize paths of wisdom seeking, the soul serenity found in wild places. I am honored to offer my talent, treasure, relations to preserve Earth for my son’s sons’ 7 generations to come.
At the United States Air Force Academy, I was ranked 11 out of 1500 90% male cadets, being in the second class of women, in the first year, free-fall parachuted, taught land navigation, was the squadron flag bearer, in the first squad of cheerleaders, have a dozen hours in a Cessna T-37 Screaming Mimi, and sang in the choir in the breathtakingly beautiful stained glass Chapel. Nominated by then-Senator Les Aspin of Wisconsin, who became Secretary of Defense. Thank you for taking a risk on a bright-eyed, red-dressed Wisconsin girl training her to be a wicked warrior for peace ultimately.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is my first home & where my family remains. I am the oldest of 5 kids and began running a family business at 12.
I competed in freestyle aerials in skiing and was going for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary.
I was an exchange student in Barcelona, Spain & Cordova, Argentina. I love the Latin culture!
My Mom taught me I could be/do/have anything I wanted in life. Can do! I miss you, mom.
I designed our Alaskan house, & have been a Frank Lloyd Wright fan since sitting in the Lake Geneva library as a girl overlooking the changes weather had on the water.
While my son’s athletic ability in golf, skiing, soccer, fly fishing, golf inspires & amazes me, it was his speech at WILD9, 9th World Wilderness Congress in Merida, Mexico, at age 13, that he turned into an ECO Rap anthem called ECO Friendly Revolution for WILD10 so far made me proudest of him. His rap duo M.C.D.T. performed at TEDxYBC and TEDxVailWomen 2013. Go McKenzy! He also won a Jefferson Award and Ashoka’s Technology 4 a Better World national competition for organizing the first student [email protected] in 2010. He coded the first teen TEDxHomer app-at 15.
I am a grandmother to Jay-23 a carpenter and Will-13, a Minecraft genius.
Skiing makes me sublimely happy! Back Bowls of Vail’s 6,000 acres is my happy place. Gratitudes to Vail Resorts for providing world-class skiing!
HaberVision.com, our polarized sunglass, and fog-free google company, from Golden, Colorado brings safety to sports by seeing more clearly.
Earth stewardship makes me wild, serving on the WILD Foundation, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Vail Alpine Garden Foundation. I co-founded Sustainable Homer. I marched 3,000 miles from LA to DC in the Great March for Climate Action in2014. ClimateMarch.org
I believe and support youth philanthropy! Go WILD10 teens & TEDxHomer Teens, Rotary Global Peace Forum teens!
I mentored a powerful emerging woman leader and citizen journalist from Uganda, Beatrice Achieng Nas, through World Pulse’s Voices Rising. She was chosen one of 3 speakers to celebrate their 10th. All those in WP inspire me! I’ve also mentored women in Zimbabwe, Ruanda, and Morrocco. I also served as a mentor to the Women Leaders Forum. Go Young Women Ambassadors everywhere leading with compassion in communities.
My first car was a turquoise Buick Wildcat. We replaced the front bench seat with 3 green leather cushions with roller wheels and installed black and white zebra striped furry fabric inside. My sporty USAFA car: chocolate Datsun 280 ZX. My current car Audi A5. My dream car: TESLA X.
I founded TEDxHomer in Alaska and TEDxVail in Colorado. TEDxHomer Teens fledged to produce for and by teens [email protected]: Let’s Play! 2009: The Great Unveiling TEDxHomer 2010: Sustain US TEDxVailWomen 2011: Heart Matters TEDxVailWomen 2012: Let’s Play2012 TEDxVailWomen TEDxVailChange.
2013/4: TEDxVailWomen, TEDxVailChange Naturally
2015: TEDxVail: naturally, 2016: TEDxVail Naturally, global, grateful, sustainable, Xtreme 2017: TEDxVail evolution
I founded a virtual Rotary Club: WeRotary.com while marching across the country. We organized the international track for Rotary’s World Peace Conference. WE global plant Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor trees in our No Nukes campaign called HEIWA- meaning peace in Japanese.