Some people view this word negatively. I love it. It is my top strength according to Gallup’s BP10 profile. For me, it means I enjoy thinking of novel ways to move a business or people forward. I’m always brimming with new ideas and am invigorated by imagining all possible futures.

A bit of risk is good. New is fun. New is unknown – and the unknown challenges the status quo and shows you different avenues forward. Nothing is more frustrating for me than those who live within the definition of insanity: “doing the same and expecting different results.”

I love helping others find the path of least resistance by considering all options through active brainstorming and then selecting the best possible route to sustainable success. Being a witness to others reaching their potential and finding joy in the process is its own reward.

As Peru’s first Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and creator of the Strengths Branding Canvas and I am on a mission to help others step into their spotlight and stand out from the crowd. I dream of creating a world where everyone can live to their full potential, talents aren’t wasted and happiness is contagious. As a mompreneur and expat living in Peru, I understand the challenges and rewards that both entail. When I’m not helping others boost their confidence and create extraordinary lives, I am often found at the sewing machine, at the movies, enjoying a glass of wine with friends or horsing around with my terribly precocious little boy, affectionately known as O.

In my past life, I was busy developing nationally recognized and award winning employee programs for Yum! Brands, the world’s largest fast food restaurant company. And when I wasn’t leading in-house teams to discover their strengths, I was on loan to other organizations helping them to do the same – all while serving on the national board of directors for my professional organization, the ESM Association.

Once I left the corporate ranks I started my own event business, Bon Vivant Savant, and was recognized as both a “Top Female Influencer Under 40” in the community by Louisville Woman Magazine and also as a Leading Entrepreneur in the “40 under 40” list by Business Week Magazine.

In 2010 I left the States and moved permanently to Peru, where my entrepreneurial spirit continued with a tourism start-up that won a government grant as well as being recognized by ADEX as a top 50 start-up in the country. But that dream wasn’t fulfilling my spirit and a health scare led me to my true calling, becoming a strengths coach. In 2015, I became one of Gallup’s first Spanish Speaking Certified Coaches and am proud to pioneer the strengths movement not only in my adopted country, but throughout Latin America and the world.

In addition to coaching, the Toastmaster side of me loves to find new speaking engagements. I am also available for online and print interviews, as well as serving on executive, non-profit and leadership boards.


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Driven by and inspired to create lasting positive change for my clients. I assist individuals, groups and organizations to realize their potential and improve performance. By using innovative strategies and cutting edge talent tools, we take the blinders off and remove the barriers to your success.



You can reach Jo directly by emailing her here or programming a call here.