“I understand how people experience transition and move from dreaming about possibilities to turning them into reality.”
What was your path to becoming a coach?
Inspiration struck while I was a brand strategist working with clients on the world's best brands. I felt restless in my job and was increasingly curious about how people’s deeper motivations connected to the work we do, how we engage in our workplaces, the organizations where we plant roots, and our evolutions along the way. Thanks to a coach, I discovered a new path that reflected my values and helped me accomplish what I'd been aiming to do—support great people and strengthen organizations.
What should someone know about working with you?
What we’ll explore together will often be career focused, but work is personal and inextricably linked to our day-to-day realities and long-term well-being. I understand how people experience transition and move from dreaming about possibilities to turning them into reality. Experiencing change, whether by choice or not, isn’t easy or comfortable. But evolution is not only possible—it can also be exciting with the know-how and support of a coach. I believe in creating a safe, collaborative space where we can have thoughtful conversations to identify strengths, what you truly want, and a path toward thriving experiences—in work and in life. I’ll share assignments and milestones that reflect progress toward your goals, but at a pace that works for you—and that’s both constructive and valuable.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try coaching?
I think hesitation is a healthy response when contemplating a coaching relationship. Committing to self-reflection, growth, and change can feel daunting and, let’s be honest, it’s hard work. Coaches should have a range of strategies and be able to frame their approaches in affirming, encouraging ways. I believe in coaching with compassion—versus a traditional engagement, where coaches are the voice of authority and clients comply. Instead, coaching should be a symbiotic partnership where clients experience a safe space, are open to new possibilities, and feel motivated to embrace positive change.
What are you most excited about within the evolving coaching landscape?
Coaching used to be a service geared primarily to senior executives who wanted to to enhance their competitive edge and lead from a place of authority. Now, there’s a pervasive desire to tap into our full potential and live our best lives, as Oprah says. But having a clear vision of what that is, mapping the right path to achieving it, and staying accountable can feel elusive. We have short attention spans and willpower isn’t enough to realize the positive outcome we envision. Today, coaching is a well-established discipline with many well-trained subject matter experts who are accessibly priced and available through digital platforms. As coaching becomes more readily available, there is exponential opportunity to help people live more fulfilling lives and flourish.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
In my former career, I was a focus-group facilitator and I learned how to observe and listen. My favorite type of research was called in-homes. You’d go to the research participant’s house, sit in their living room, and observe them in their own element. If the research was about cars, we’d drive around. If it was about makeup, I’d watch them put on their face. It was amazing how much people would reveal about themselves: highly personal stories, funny anecdotes, and even their aspirations and fantasies. I learned that people want to connect and really appreciate it when they’re listened to and feel heard. I often felt a special kinship and I appreciated the research participants’ willingness to be vulnerable and completely honest.
“Evolution is not only possible—it can also be exciting with the know-how and support of a coach.”
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