Entrepreneur, business adviser, wellness enthusiast and coach
At the height of her corporate career, Candy decided to leave the rat race and focus on something far more important to her, the human race.
Retiring at the age of 41, she decided to dedicate her life to finding her path, (re)building meaningful relationships and the exploration of spiritual development, both her own and those around her.
Candy's journey led her back to a long-held passion for helping and advising others and inspired her to finally turn that passion into a career.
For nearly 20 years, Candy held a variety of leadership positions with publicly traded companies. Beginning her career in advertising with an Indiana affiliate of Gannett Company, Inc., Lafayette Journal & Courier, Candy learned to thrive in the fast-pace, deadline-driven publishing environment of a daily paper. During her interview, her soon-to-be boss said "give us two years and you'll be able to go anywhere and succeed". He was right.
During her time at the paper, Candy led the implementation of their sales force automation platform, assisted in launching their first online media property and managed their Online Division.
Her experience working for Gannett gave Candy a peak into what working in the eCommerce space could be like. Almost exactly two years after starting her job at the paper, she quit to take a team led position with a technology start up called NIC, a company that works with federal, state and local governments. Shortly after joining the team and prior to the Internet boom, NIC IPO-ed. This provided Candy with an opportunity to experience firsthand the transition, challenges and opportunities of going from a private company to publicly-traded.
During her career at NIC, she held a variety of leadership roles, including Project Manager, Marketing Executive, Director of Marketing and eventually General Manager/President of their Indiana subsidiary. At the corporate level, she held the positions of Sales Executive, Director of Strategic Alliances, Regional Manager and finally Vice President of Operations reporting to the COO.
Candy excels at managing and motivating individuals and teams to achieve both personal and professional goals. Her leadership style is inclusive and exclusive at the same time, helping people to elevate beyond their perceived limitations. She has a keen eye for talent and partnerships and an innate understanding of compromise that promotes mutual success. She feels comfortable both leading a team and being a high functioning team player.
At the height of her corporate career, rising to be one of only two female vice presidents, Candy realized she wanted more out of life than a title. On a personal level, she had experienced two failed marriages and found herself in yet another long-term relationship that was going nowhere. She had been so focused on her career, she had forgotten (how) to focus on herself. So...
Candy decided to leave the rat race and focus on something far more important to her, the human race. Retiring at the age of 41, she dedicated her life to finding her path, (re)building meaningful relationships and the exploration of spiritual development, both her own and those around her. And because she wanted to be a writer and had heard that to be a writer you needed to write every day for a year, she documented her escape on her 365go.me blog.
Prior to leaving NIC, Candy earned her 200 hour yoga instructor certification but was too busy with her career to teach yoga. Once she found herself free of the corporate restraints, she was able to finally begin teaching. Her love of water and the outdoors, led her to start teaching yoga on paddle boards, of all things, affording her a level of freedom and expression she hadn't felt since childhood. She eventually moved her teaching indoors as the weather cooled, spending several years teaching students at Invoke and the Invoke Wellness Center in Indianapolis.
With more time on her hands, Candy discovered a passion for the intersection of science and spirituality, called metaphysics. This led her to earn a coaching certification in the Psychology of Dynamic Eating from the Institute of Eating Psychology in Boulder, Colorado, become an USUI Reiki Master and a co-founder, along with Laura Haehl, in a cardology based business called Kismet (www.itiskismet.com). Candy is a Six of Diamonds in cardology (aka The Sensitive Advocate).
Along the way, Candy was drawn to purchase a local yoga studio in Indianapolis, Tree House (www.treehouseindy.com), which she has transformed into a studio known for cutting edge healing practices and coaching services.
Candy’s life journey is deeply rooted in the understanding of corporate culture and team dynamics, both in and out of corporate America. This coupled with her innate exploration of human energetics, led her to launch Corporate Candy (www.corporatecandy.coach), a coaching company capitalizing on Candy’s unique style of sugar-free coaching.
Candy holds a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University. She also earned distinction as a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient from Governor Frank O’Bannon and is a recipient of the Indianapolis 40 Under 40 achievement award.
To unwind, Candy enjoys yoga, running, tossing some weight around the gym, being in nature, traveling alone or with friends and getting sucked into psychological thrillers. But more than anything, she loves spending time with her two American Bulldogs, Sheba and Solomon. Nothing beats the unconditional love and uncontrollable tail-wagging of a furry friend.