Hired: Chief Giving Officer


This morning I came across a LinkedIn post about an open position at TOMS for a Chief Giving Officer (CGO). The job title immediately caught my attention. I am definitely not qualified, but inspired by the fact that a company would have this role on their leadership executive team!

First, I learned that TOMS business philosophy is rooted in the concept of Giving. The founder, Blake Mycoskie, started TOMS  with a mission to “improve lives through business.” Mycoskie uses TOMS as his platform to be a light in the dark world. This is why TOMS exists.

Second, TOMS Giving Strategy goes beyond shoes. I didn’t realize the magnitude of their giving until today. TOMS products include eyewear, coffee, bags and backpacks. This allows them to provide eye care programs, safe water, safe childbirth and bullying prevention.  All of these products fall into the buy one and give one philosophy. The outreach continues to grow across the world through different products.

Third, the CGO oversees a 20-person giving department who focuses on global social responsibility goals. All 20 employees must have a servant heart to do what they do. I can only imagine the energy, the enthusiasm and the love that these employees experience everyday while at work. With a team of servant heart employees, their engagement level is probably through the roof! They are the true difference makers because they make the philosophy come to life!

Last, the ideal candidate for the CGO must be a giving advocate. The ideal candidate must be highly admired, but not self-promoting. The ideal candidate must be an advocate for change while proactively seeking input from colleagues. In my mind, these are awesome qualification for any leadership position. A leader who ministers others through their works or actions, creates trust by walking the talk and uses transparency to show they are human too. It is also important to have a leader who looks for the next opportunity to achieve a mission while asking others the who, what, where, when and how to make the best decisions.

Thank you TOMS for inspiring me today with your business, your outreach and your desire to be a light! I can’t be the Chief Giving Officer at TOMS, but I can hire myself to be my own Chief Giving Officer in my sphere of influence. I can give my time and my love to bring light to those in my community. I encourage you to find a way to be the Chief Giving Officer to those around you! Together, we can make a difference!

If you want to learn more about this awesome position, check it out here.

3 Lessons from the Backseat Teacher

Red light – stop. Green light – go! Yellow light – hold on to your horses cause we are going!!!! That’s the normal situation on cheerleading nights when we have 45 minutes to grab fast food and get my daughter to class.

One green-yellow-red, another green-yellow-red until we finally made it into the left turn lane to arrive at our destination. My patience was slim and my mind was calculating how many minutes we had to devour our nuggets and fries.

Suddenly, from the backseat, my daughter’s sweet voice said, “Mommy, what does that man’s sign say?” There was a long-haired, full bearded homeless man sitting in the median. His cardboard sign said “Hungry. Homeless. God bless you.”

After I read his message aloud to her, my brain immediately filled up with skeptical thoughts about this innocent man – oh he’s not really hungry or homeless; he just wants money and doesn’t want to work; he probably is a career panhandler taking all these hard working people’s money. I didn’t think twice about my ugly thoughts before I focused back on the stoplight.

Closed-ended dialogue filled the next minute. The sweet voice from the backseat said, “He is hungry. You have money in your wallet. You should give him some.” I said no. “Why not, Mommy. He needs it. He is hungry,” said the sweet voice from the backseat. I said no. “Mommy, let’s help him,” said the sweet voice from the backseat.

Whoa! Her words hit me like a sledgehammer. My daughter’s persistent concern, non-judgmental mind and unconditional love suddenly woke me from my selfish la-la-land and brought me back to reality. My mommy mission is to teach my daughter to live and love like Jesus. In that moment, roles were reversed and I was the student.

Here are the three lessons I learned from the backseat teacher:

  1. I lost sight of my many blessings in the moment of selfish la-la-land. I have the necessities of living – food, water, clothing, warm home. I have freedoms.  I have more than I could have ever dreamed of.  I cannot take my blessings for granted and should always give the glory to Him. A mentality of immunity makes me vulnerable to lose it all.
  2. I judged my brother. I created his life story based on my biases for his cry for help. I don’t know what struggles got him to this place in life. It’s none of my business the why or how of his situation. My job is to a be a light during this dark time in his life.
  3. I need to look for the good in everyone rather than being so skeptical. I need the heart in the backseat, the heart of a child. A heart that has so much love to give, grace to share and optimism to change the world. A heart of a child is like the heart of Jesus. My daughter reminded me to tame my skeptical mind and love one another no matter the circumstances or my biases.

Are you in selfish la-la-land? Do you need a wakeup call from a sweet voice in your backseat? Take time today to define, embrace and love the lessons that you learn every day and use the lessons to be uniquely YOU! Remove you biases and love one another!

Learn the Word:
“Make up your own mind about how much to give. But don’t feel sorry that you must give and don’t feel that you are forced to give. God loves people who love to give.”
2 Corinthians 9:7  (NIV)

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
Romans 12:10 (NIV)

Let Yourself Push RESET


January is coming to a close. We are one month into successfully achieving our 2016 resolutions.

New Years Day is society’s milestone for becoming a new you. It is the significant point for you to fix everything you are doing wrong or start doing something that you weren’t doing before. You reset yourself. Some people reset their health regimen, “bad” habits, daily choices like sticking to a budget, being on time or spending less time on social media or  _______ (you fill in the blank). We all do it.

Why do we only reset at the beginning of the year on January 1?

The reality is that you have a reset button that can be pushed unlimited times through every day. Your mistakes, regrets or ooppss moments call for you to push your reset button and become a new you immediately. A reset can be your actions (losing your cool), words (saying mean words to someone), thoughts (criticizing yourself), priorities (doing chores instead of spending time with those we love) or time (too much on social media). A reset is simply something that causes you regret and may eventually paralyze your mental, physical or spiritual health.

Here is the Human RESET that you can do everyday:

Reflect on your actions, words, thoughts, priorities, time spent, etc. Reflect on how those resets made you feel and others around you feel.

Empathize with yourself and others. You are your own worst critic. Give yourself grace.

Settle  with your decision to reset and move forward. Do not look back. Do not punish yourself.

Embark towards your future. You push the reset button and gain self-awareness to keep your reset from happening again.

Teach your resets to others in hopes that you can influence their resets positively.

We are not robots who do everything perfectly. We are humans!

You must hit RESET often to be the BEST YOU!

Define, Embrace, Love


A driving passion to bring light to our dark world through my God-given talents. A constant whisper in my ear. A compliment from a stranger. A song on the radio. A work project that opened my eyes to being more than just a corporate trainer. All of these occurrences have been on repeat over the past four months.

Slowly, I began to recognize these subtle hints as a calling. The creation of my dream began.

Today, January 25th, I officially start my dream to sprinkle light across the world through words. I’ll start with the written word through this blog knowing that there are lots of “what ifs” floating around in my mind.

One of the most important lessons that I have learned in my 35 years of living is that going through the motions of life will never bring you happiness. You must define, embrace and love YOU! Define what makes you unique. Embrace who God designed you to be. Love yourself.

We all continually battle ourselves by trying to be someone that we are not. These battles will make you miserable and you will never experience true happiness in life. Believe me, I have overcome the battles of being a planner, perfectionist and control freak just to publish this post. These battles can steal your happiness if you let them. Instead, let’s define, embrace and love the journey of life!

I hope you will read often!