I grew up in Naperville. My parents, Doug and Patricia Higgins, moved to Cress Creek in 1978, when I was two years old. My siblings and I attended Sts. Peter and Paul school and I graduated from Naperville North High School in 1994. My husband, Peter, and I met soon after we graduated from Notre Dame, and were married in Naperville at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
We have three children, Sean, Andy and Marcy who attend Naperville North, Jefferson Junior High and Beebe Elementary. The decision to raise our children here was easy. My parents and my sister’s family still live in Naperville. Our kids are receiving a world-class education. They are safe riding their bikes to school and to the parks, and have access to so many great people, programs and activities that help nurture and develop their interests and talents.
I have the best job in the world - one I created for myself and my family. I founded and run a small boutique career advising firm, Wayfinder Advisors, with a partner in the DC Metro area. We coach professionals all over the country who are disheartened in their current careers and help them create and build sustainable, fulfilling careers. Through the Notre Dame Alumni Association, I also consult pro bono with alumni seeking career coaching. Best of all, I get to do all of this from my Naperville home office.
Before starting Wayfinder Advisors, I worked for a variety of high tech firms including Deloitte, Teradata, IBM and LinkedIn in consulting and executive relationship management. Helping people solve problems to make them feel and do better is my first love, and I also enjoy researching and interpreting data.
Naperville North High School (‘94)
University of Notre Dame - BBA in Management Information Systems (‘98)
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management - MBA Concentration in Healthcare, Technology and Organizational Behavior (‘04)
Northwestern University - MS, Marketing - Granted for completing all Marketing PhD candidate coursework. I studied social and cognitive psychology, ethnography and sociology methodologies while conducting original research on trust in communication. I opted not to do dissertation research. (‘06)
Certified Life Coach, Martha Beck Institute (‘12)
Because I have a passion for helping people do fulfilling work, I regularly volunteer with several service groups, including pro bono career coaching for Notre Dame Alumni. I serve as a Co-Chair of Northwestern’s Council of One Hundred, a group whose mission is to mentor alumnae. I am also an enthusiastic member of the local WESOS women entrepreneurs networking group.
Loving the energy and ideas of kids, I volunteer with the Home and School Association, Junior Achievement, and Booster Club at the schools my children attend. Before our kids started school, I volunteered as a CASA in Cook County, to advocate in court for children in the foster care system. My husband, Peter, and I have also participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in Tutwiler, MS with a group from St. Thomas the Apostle.
I am a passionate advocate for social justice, as well as transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility in government, so I am a member of the Lisle Township Democrats and an elected Precinct Committeewoman and pollwatcher. I enjoy keeping my neighbors informed of decisions made by elected officials at the city, township, county and state levels and participating with them in the electoral process, including volunteering for campaigns and getting out the vote for each election.
I am excited for the opportunity to run for Naperville City Council so I can advocate for families and good government. I will apply and expand my knowledge of Naperville policy and commerce to ensure our city’s vibrancy now and into the future.