I like action movies and superheroes.
Iron Man, Superman, Iron Man, Batman, Iron Man, Iron Man, and more Iron Man. No wonder Robert Downey, Jr.’s comment that he had a ‘pit crew’ of people helping him caught my eye!
In his own words, he was “…a Ferrari, not a Ford and it took more of a ‘pit crew’ to keep him on the road.” His remark catalyzed my exploration of the ‘pit crew’ supporting my life. The result is my newest – and eighth – career: Founder and CEO of SageLife, LLC.
SageMy™Life will help individuals, families and businesses become aware of the ‘pit crews’ in their life: the networks of people who help them achieve their goals for health, happiness and success. Then, it will help them manage those networks more efficiently and effectively.
SageLife is a natural extension of my earlier careers. In each one, I organized chaos, solved complex problems and created effective strategies for clients. Some called me a “one-woman think tank.” To many, I was a confidential adviser, especially during tough times. With me, they shared their deepest desires to create a better world and their toughest leadership challenges in doing so. I have profound respect and admiration for each one.
My expertise comes from interdisciplinary doctoral studies and senior positions in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. I was an appointee of President Ronald Reagan responsible for policy issues in domestic and international programs valued (in current dollars) at $70 billion. In that role, I worked with President Jimmy Carter and the best-of-the-best in public health. For my efforts, I was the first civilian to be awarded The Surgeon General’s Medallion, by C. Everett Koop. I was Chairman of the National Commission on Orphan Disease and was awarded a medal for contributions in that field as well. I was an innovator creating global public policy operations in the biopharmaceutical industry, at Merck & Co., Inc. During Merck’s Most Admired Corporation years, my group won recognition as the best in the Fortune 500. As Global Vice President of Merck’s Vaccine Division, designed world-wide operations, tripling sales in fewer than three years to $1 billion, creating the platform for current sales of $3 billion.
SageLife will be the third company I founded. Strategic Health Policy International, Inc. advised businesses and governments for more than 20 years. Best Edge™ is only eight years old and is the forerunner to SageLife. Prior to my public health career, I worked as one of the first of a new generation of School Psychologists. The models I created for educating children with special needs – and special talents – eventually became standard practice throughout the nation.
Most of my writing is proprietary and cannot be shared except with clients, but the solutions I has created are well known and earned me a place as an inaugural Disruptive Women in Healthcare. I’ve authored several books, among them Covenants: Inspiring the Soul of Healing and innovative Grantseeking.
My newest book, The NetworkSage:Realize Your Network Superpower, is in press. The SeniorSage:Living Well In Place will be released in 2018 and I have several others on the back-burner for when I can find the time!
As a philanthropist, I played a key role in creating several Foundations and donated proceeds from my books to improve the health of women and children in the developing world. I also donate cards, prints and posters of my mu shin style of Zen calligraphy to fundraisers for children with special needs.
I believe management of networks will unleash the ‘pent up’ potential I see in everyone. It will help people everywhere transform life for themselves and others. All of us will be better for it. SageMy™Life is my way of helping to make that happen.
Glenna M Crooks Ph D-CV (PDF)