My family and I immigrated to the U.S. when I was seven, and I spoke no English. As a teenager, I fell in love with the court scenes in the original Perry Mason TV show and decided to become a court reporter, a field that requires the mastery of two languages: English and shorthand. My 40+ years as a freelance certified shorthand reporter, court reporting firm manager, sales executive, litigation secretary, and office administrator for a forensic psychiatrist / expert witness provided a well-rounded depth of experience in the legal field.
My training as a certified coach since 2009 has deepened my ability to hear both the words that are spoken and their underlying feelings and needs. As an intuitive person and empath, my sensitivity allows others to reveal what is weighing heavily on their hearts and experience transformation.
Writing is in my DNA – my father was a journalist, and my eldest brother is a screenwriter. Since 2012, I have written over 20 articles about court reporting which have been published in various legal magazines and blog sites. In 2015, I self-published an ebook for court reporting students. My upcoming memoir about my journey to the USSR to birth my baby as a peace gesture is a “Labor of Love,” itself.
My presentations cover a wide range of topics encompassing my body of work and experience as a court reporter, office manager, sales executive, coach, and reporter trainer.
Since 2013, I have dedicated hundreds of hours to training court reporting students and newly licensed court reporters about the myriad professional skills they need as reporters of record: speaking up for the integrity of the record, marking exhibits, and producing transcripts, as well as the “soft” skills of professional comportment, follow-through, and speaking up for their own needs.