I love coaching do-gooder leaders and teams because I share your passion and dedication for making the world a better place.
I also understand the frustrations you face. Before starting my coaching business in 2004, I spent over a decade overseeing public health programs in local and state government and in non-profit organizations.
I thought I’d found my calling as a supervisor of public health education programs. I loved my work and was really good at clearing a path so that my staff could best use their own gifts and talents. I loved watching that happen, knowing I was a vital support to their learning and growth.
But my forehead got very flat from the many walls and barriers I kept bumping into in the rest of my work as a manager. I got tired of the silos, the power games, the drama and political posturing. I grew tired of hearing: “No, we tried that before and it didn’t work.” I knew I had something more to offer.
I’d heard of this new field called “coaching”: it sounded kind of cool. I did an informational interview with the sister of a friend of mine, who was one of the first certified coaches in my state. As she talked about what she did and who she worked with, I thought: “That’s it! That’s the name of what I’m already doing!”
And then, I got scared. In fact, so scared that even though I knew what coach training program I wanted to go to, I kept putting it off. For four years.
I made up lots of good excuses: I was too busy, I couldn’t make the time in my schedule, I had too many other things and people to attend to.
What happened next changed everything. I received what I now refer to as the “universe’s slap upside the head”: within one five week period, my first child was born, and my mother, who had lived with terminal cancer for 8 years, died.
This life tsunami shook me hard enough to finally see it was time to grab the reins of my own journey.
I grieved, held my baby, and quit my job.
Within the next year, I started my coach training** during one of the craziest, most complex times of my life. (So much for excuses.) And I haven’t looked back since.
Today I’m doing work that fits my skills, talents and passions: what I’m doing out in the world matches who I am on the inside.
The moral of my tale is that I spent far too long waiting for someone or something to give me “the sign” that would point me in the “right” direction for my career, until it was too obvious to ignore.
Here’s what I want for you: please don’t wait or suffer any longer.
The world needs you out here doing what you were born to do.
You’re too valuable, with too many talents and skills that the world desperately needs, just waiting to be put to more use.
You can have more meaningful impact in work and in your life, and I’d love to help you do just that.
Find the sweet spot where you can make a difference, and not use yourself up while doing it.
Get mindset and the know-how to do more creative and impactful work, and still have energy left at the end of the day to live the rest of your life.
**The fine print (just so you know I know my stuff): my training and education includes a masters degree in public health (MPH) from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; along with training and certification in individual coaching and leadership from The Coaches Training Institute (CPCC), training and certification from The Leadership Circle, and advanced training and certification in team coaching from the Center for Right Relationship (ORSCC). I’ve also earned Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification from the International Coach Federation.