Where were born and raised and, if it was someplace else, when and why did you come to Loudoun?
I was born in Lynchburg Virginia. At the age of 5, I was placed in an orphanage with my brother, and then we were moved from foster home to foster home until I was adopted at age 9 by a family in Loudoun. I grew up in Lovettsville, where I would walk over a mile, by myself, to the town general store at age 10. I played on the girls softball league, and drove go carts on our dirt road. I attended Notre Dame Academy, then in my junior year, transferred to Loudoun Valley High School to attend the Nursing program, at the then, Charles Monroe Vocational School. I married my high school sweetheart, also a Loudouner, we will be celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary this May. We have lived here for most of our life and have loved raising our 4 sons in Loudoun.
When did you launch your first business and how did you get into your current line of work?
Actually, my first business was at 15, selling Avon. After graduation, I became an emergency room nurse, I found moving into events was an easy transition. I feel a great deal of what I do in the event world as the lead strategist, is triage. I launched the full service event management firm, JP Events & Consulting nearly 30 years ago. Specializing in conferences and large festivals.
Due to the pandemic, in August, I had the opportunity to launch my dream business, CEO Consulting Group, LLC, providing business consulting for the female micro business owner. I started the consulting business because I am passionate about empowering mission driven female entrepreneurs to achieve independent business success and financial freedom.
Have you had any special mentors or inspirations that influenced your career?
I haven’t had a specific mentor but have invested in coaches that have guided and advised me over the years. What inspires me the most are the many women in our community that are quietly working making a difference in the lives others. Eleanor Roosevelt is a strong female leader that I aspire to emulate.
What is the best part of your job and why?
For JP Events & Consulting, events can be very stressful, I love that we are able to take that stress away for our clients. We run their events as if they are our own events. I love that we have had the opportunity over the past 30 years to contribute our services to support many non-profits in our community. I would be remiss in not acknowledging one of the best things about my job is working with the best team, our incredible JP Events family!
For CEO Consulting Group, I love working with female entrepreneurs, so they can thrive in their business endeavors and make their business dreams a reality. It is an honor to help female business owners transform and to see the impact they are making for themselves, their families, and their community.
What is it like owning/running a business in Loudoun?
I LOVE this community, Loudoun is a great place to live, work, and play. We are passionate about helping others and making an impact in our community, while collaborating with other likeminded business leaders. I love the diversity that makes up Loudoun!
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
Women’s History Month means many things to me but most importantly, it is an opportunity for us to remember, celebrate, and honor the women that have come before me and paved the way. It means recognizing all of the women that are making a huge impact in our world today. When I started serving on boards nearly 30 years ago, many times, I would be the only woman. I believe the biggest impact for change, is when given the opportunity, we need to bring other women to the table.
What are some of your favorite things to do when you are not working?
That’s a funny question, if you ask most people they would say “when is she not working?!” I love working and making an impact in other people’s lives. My mission every day when I get up is ask “How can I make a difference today, how can I help someone else”
When I do take downtime, Andy and I love to visit the Loudoun wineries and traveling to explore all of the great Virginia destinations. We also enjoy having a quiet evening just sitting on the deck with a glass of wine. Even though it is limited these days, I love cooking when all of my boys come home for a family gathering.