Meet Dr. Morgan

I’d like to introduce myself to you and tell you a little about where I’ve been, what I’m excited about right now in life, and a little bit about how I got here. I come from a long line of southerners and Texans going back 13 and 8 generations respectively, so it’s kind of interesting that I grew up an Army brat traveling the world. And I loved it! Music has always been a significant part of my life and the love of music has driven many of my life choices – some good – some not so much, as the saying goes! I began singing publicly at the age of six and had my first starring role in my school’s “Zigfield Follies” at the age of eight. It was also my first taste of a long shiny gown and a microphone in my hand – and I was hooked. I studied music privately in high school and college and toured with various choral groups and my own Peter, Paul, and Mary knock-off: Chickie and the Roosters. In college I formed a singing group, “The Las Sonrisas Singers,” and because our musical beat was primarily West Texas, I swear I’ve met every tumbleweed in West Texas up close and personal as we traveled the state performing at church dinners and Baptist retreats. I starred in some “Off Campus” Musicals but never took myself serious as a performer, although my big number in My Fair Lady Goes Tech, “ I Could Have Rode All Night,” brought the house down – and for all the right reasons.

But then, like most of us, I “grew up” and decided that I had to do something serious, earn a degree that would give me “something to fall back on,” if (“God forbid!”) something should ever happen to my (assumed to be ) husband (whoever that was going to be).

Over the next 25 years I built a career in international organizational consulting and leadership development. I built my own company and for all those years have worked with Fortune 500 clients around the world. I’ve written two books on international management and cross cultural business ethics. I earned a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems. I had a great time with great clients and fantastic colleagues. However, over time, I began to miss the music, the performing – but kept telling myself that was something “I used to do.” Until one day, well into my 50’s, I said, “No, this is something I am going to do again.” I worked with some of the top professionals in the field in New York City, worked hard, and now I am performing my own cabaret shows in New York, across the country, and even in Asia! For most of that time I kept up my client work and sang when I could. I work hard at it and I love every second. I am not sitting around waiting for Sondheim to call. It’s not about that. It’s about reclaiming a passion I’ve had all my life, but just put on the back burner for a lot of good reasons. But no longer.

And I’m so excited about this journey, that I have committed myself now to helping others reconnect with their passions – music, art, writing, creating a business or non-profit or volunteer organization. I am translating all those skills and competencies I’ve honed over 30 years helping companies accomplish their visions and meet their targets and reaching their goals, into helping you and others do the same thing for your passion. My friends nicknamed me “The PhDiva™” when this journey began, and the moniker feels perfect to me. There are a LOT of us out there – smart, experienced professionals, or post-professional folks, with the yearning to connect and the wisdom and perspective to understand how important – even essential – it is to make that connection – again.

You’ll see that the tag line on my PhDiva email reads, “Lose your dreams and you lose your mind,” courtesy of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Well, I intend to lose neither. As another songwriter said “I’ve Got a Lot of Livin’ To Do!”