Dr. Rowena Winkler obtained her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013. Her research explored the use of digital media and technology for activism, social justice, and student engagement purposes.
As an award-winning teacher and scholar, Rowena presented at international conferences and mentored hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students. Her father’s passing in October 2013, coupled with her husband’s career success in the DC area, prompted Rowena to reevaluate how she was living her life (it was her Saturn Return after all), leading her to leave her tenure-track position behind in order to prioritize her health and family.
Now in her second position in the marketing world, Rowena’s career pivot from academia to industry gave her the space to pursue other passions and interests. It was during this time that she discovered a love for astrology, tarot, meditation, crystal healing, and wellness, and realized her empathic abilities could be used as a means for helping others.
When a friend casually mentioned that her expertise as a teacher, writer, and astrologer could be used for coaching purposes, Rowena took a mental note and tucked the idea in the back of her mind. After witnessing incessant signs from the universe, along with being constantly inspired by a number of astrologers including Chani Nicholas, Dr. Jennifer Freed, Jill Wintersteen, and Rebecca Gordon, Rowena decided to take advantage of the Capricorn stellium energy + quarantining at home in 2020, and Journey2Consciousness (J2C) was born.