Originally from the Indianapolis, Indiana area, Portia grew up in the country with horses, a Doberman, and the woods as her best companions. As a wee child, she loved books and reading, especially any book that centered on nature, or poetry, or the classics…in short, just about anything that was mind expanding. Starting quite young, she studied music very seriously, with emphasis on violin, piano and voice, and had aspirations to attend drama school in New York. Regretfully, parental approval was not as fervent as her dream, and she headed to Purdue University. Her B.A. was in Journalism and French, and the first M.A. was in Philosophy, both from Purdue. During the first year at Purdue, Portia took up trapshooting, and became fervently passionate about the sport. One year after starting to shoot, she won her first of three Indiana State Titles. Over the years, she was able to garner a number of national titles, many state titles, and held a place on the All American Team.
After Purdue, she entered the job market in copier sales, a position that was rare for women at that time. Within two years, several interviews/articles appeared nationally in Office Products magazine.
From copiers, she moved to Honeywell’s Mainframe Computer Sales Division, and when that was phased out, she helped rescue a small company from embezzlement and mismanagement, and transforming it into a successful enterprise.
The biggest change came when she was offered a position with Engineering Products Associates, a manufacturers representative in electronics test equipment, based in Edina, MN. Her territory consisted of Indiana and the four contiguous states. In her second and third year with EPA, she was High Salesman for the company. Eventually, she moved to Minneapolis. After having proclaimed on the day of graduation with her M.A. at Purdue that she never wanted to see another engineer as long as she lived, she married one. (Nothing quite like a philosopher and an electrical engineer!)
Eventually, the head of EPA stepped down, and handed the responsibility of President to Portia. It was a very daunting task, as the industry was changing its needs and requirements.
Over the last ten years…
at the prompting of a dear friend, Portia decided to try teaching, and once again, another passion was born. She currently teaches at the Minnesota School of Business, Institute of Production and Recording, and the Adler Graduate School. She gleaned Faculty of the Year for her campus in 2011, and in 2012, earned a second M.A. in Practical Psychology, with an emphasis in Organizational Development.
She is interested in everything, but her greatest interests and passions…
are Inspirational/Motivational speaking, writing, music, especially 14th-16th Century, cycling, Nordic walking, hiking, gourmet cooking, reading, and above all, learning and helping others believe in their own abilities. She spends as much time in the outdoors as possible, as she has often told me that is her place of meditation and prayer.
Ask her about…
Writing, speaking, business and sales presentations, organizational development, classical music and jazz, flora, fauna, and anything that grows…and that includes people!
- M.A., Purdue
- M.A., Adler Institute
- B.A., Purdue