Dynamic Mother-Daughter Duo
We are a mother-daughter team, whose reunion in 1995, almost 28 years after Heather’s adoption at birth, was the inception of our remarkable collaboration.
We know that we have a truly unique relationship and a truly unique story. This story is at the heart of what we do, why we do it and how we remain resilient as a mother-daughter team destined to shape the lives of others.
They say that a relationship between a mother and daughter is both unique and challenging. When they are able to shed the roles of mother and daughter, becoming adult friends of different ages, they can be spectacular. But imagine taking this sometimes-tumultuous relationship, adding the ingredient of 28 years of separation (Heather was given up for adoption at birth), and then taking the relationship into the business world within three years of meeting? We look back after 23 years of being reunited and are grateful every day for each other and the lives we have built together.
While always knowing the other was out there, Anne set about building her expertise in psychological systems including building her practice as a psychotherapist and executive coach. Heather pursued a business degree and began her career as an organizational consultant focused on building high performance cultures.
Two seemingly disparate paths, yet when we met for the first time, a shared interest in human behavior and belief in the potential of others, quickly emerged. With only 17 years between us, our foray into building a relationship based on a biological bond, leveraged this shared passion and gave birth to our first joint business venture: Sage Developmental Resources. Our first business together garnered the caption which we still adhere to – People, Systems, Results.
As our familiarity with each other, as well as our expertise in leadership development, grew, so did our mutual frustration with the superficiality of leadership, personality, and emotional intelligence assessments.
A call from O, the Oprah Magazine, to Anne asking if she could come up with a Who You Are Meant to Be? Quiz/Article fast-tracked the groundwork for our own system for understanding and developing one’s true potential. Following the success of the article in O Magazine (one of O’s top articles for 2009 that is still widely circulated today), we created the Striving Styles Personality System® (SSPS®).