years of experience
Few of us discover a career we are passionate about, where our professional and personal lives blend. Imagine all the many more incredible and inspiring bosses, colleagues, family, and friends we would have! I found my sweet spot over thirty years ago and continually enjoy life as a thought leader, educator, coach, and change agent. I founded The Folke Institute in 2004 to develop leaders and individuals to affect positive change in their organizations, communities, families, and themselves. I have had gratifying success in changing lives.
Combining rigorous academic research and decades of practical experience in higher education, corporations, and nonprofit organizations, I spearhead change management, team development, strategic planning, and leadership excellence. As a subject matter expert in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), I want my clients and audience to understand that the requirement for a successful DEI initiative is mutual respect among the participants. Only then can we build a customized solution to achieve inclusivity with measurable impact.
While I have easily adapted to the virtual learning environment, I look forward to resuming in-person keynote engagements and facilitating training programs throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe. During this critical time that has adversely impacted our country’s institutions — education, healthcare, and the economy, in particular — I am more passionate than ever to help organizations and individuals reach their goals.
I enjoy being a facilitator, a coach, speaker, and doctoral student at the same time, I also prepare delicious healthy well-balanced meals. I create recipes inspired by my extensive knowledge of health and wellness and international travel. I find my balance in life through meditation, exercise and yoga and the philosophical teaching of Buddhism taught to me by my late husband Gunnar, the big-hearted and generous Swede who gave me unconditional love.
My commitment is to help you realize your best self, achieve your goals, and grab the brass ring!