It is with both a heavy heart and a reassured spirit that I share the news that I will no longer be serving as the Brand Ambassador or board member of Neighborly.
As many of you know, I have slowly scaled back on my professional obligations in recent years for all of the right reasons to be ever-present for my family first. I have welcomed a new son-in-law and a new daughter-in-law to our growing family, and I’ve embraced the overwhelming joy of being a first-time grandmother. In addition, I have been devoting more time, love and energy to my mother as well, as she courageously deals with her own health issues.
I do all of this with great confidence that the Neighborly organization carries on and moves forward with a strong leadership team and a growing roster of home services around the globe. I promoted my successor, CEO Mike Bidwell, five years ago, and the trajectory of Neighborly’s growth into a $2B organization continues to exceed expectations. Likewise, that has allowed me to grow my message for living and leading with a strong Code of Values to an increasingly vast and inspiring global audience.
In May of 2018, upon the sale of Neighborly to Harvest Partners, I transitioned from Co-Chair to the newly-created position of Brand Ambassador. Mike created this role so that I could contribute to the company in many ways — from telling our R.I.C.H. story around the world to teaching the Design Your Life classes to new associates and franchisees back home. It has been an honor to serve as I have witnessed our team carry on our founder’s vision for being a world-class company. But now, as Mike and the Growth Team inherit more of these duties, they felt the company no longer needed the role of Brand Ambassador. After much prayer I decided to step back from the board too as the time seems right for me to move on.
God has been tugging at my heart to do something else in my life and this decision frees me up to enter a new season of growth. A season that allows me the opportunity to spend important time serving my family, chasing my dreams on my never-ending dream list, and pursuing God who has been pursuing me.
After Thanksgiving, I will be taking a six-month sabbatical to discern how God wants me to continue to share the important message of Living R.I.C.H. I’ll be blogging occasionally to keep you updated on my sabbatical and know that I’ll be praying a lot for you during this time.
Keep living RICH!