Hi, I'm Terri Founder WomenConnected.net
Welcome to Women Connected!
I founded WomenConnected.net in 2016 after a 20+ corporate career on Wall Street. I have spent the greater part of my personal and professional life in the world of men.
While I was growing up, I would hope for a sister each time my mom was pregnant. After my third brother's birth, I remember telling my mom (quite defiantly!) that I'd have my own girls! Want to hear the twist? I am a mom to three wonderful young men and no daughters!
While living and working in this male dominated world, I have learned a great deal. I also have as many stories to tell about how I experienced abuse, harassment, and traumas #MeToo.
I understand the world that the western woman needs to adapt in. I know how we, as women, can split off the parts of ourselves that we find unacceptable and shameful. And, I have experienced first-hand the burn-out that comes from trying to please everyone around me.
For the past ten years, I have been on a healing journey from the traumas of my life. I have been recovering split off parts of myself and integrating these parts (and their wonderful gifts!) back into my personality. I have been on The Heroine's Journey. I have learned not just the meaning of self-care but have integrated it protectively into my life.
I am coach, a teacher, a mom, a wife, an art journaler, a leader, a continuous learner and a feminist. My mission at Women Connect is to coach women to realize and express their true Selves, to be a guide as women navigate change and transition across the lifespan, and to prepare and support women in leadership roles.More about me
The Journey Inward
While the coaching conversation can be revealing and insightful, it typically draws on the known parts of one's self. There is a deeper, silent language within all of us that reveals the truth of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions far more fluently than words. That language is imagery.
The language of imagery is revealed when you engage your inner vision to imagine what a thought, feeling, or emotional reaction would look like if it were expressed as a color, shape, or image.
Explaining in words how you feel when you lose a loved one or when you fall in love is for most of us an impossible task. Words simply can’t describe such an experience. But images can – and with a depth that words cannot achieve.
By combining coaching with the expressive arts, you are able to tap into many ways of knowing about yourself. You begin to access your deeper inner wisdom. You learn to take the journey of self-exploration, unravel old stories, find the pain points where awareness can bring healing and new emotional freedom, and identify new directions for your life.
Visual Arts Modalities
Creative Expression Combining Coaching + the Visual Arts
Creativity points us to new paths, new ways of seeing and solving problems, and offers us inspiration from both the inside and the outside. Creative expression through mixed media can be a powerful means of personal transformation and emotional and spiritual healing. Using combinations of paints, markers, stamps, stencils, in journals and altered books, we begin to tell our stories visually and powerfully.
An understanding of archetypes and archetypal patterns can lead to deep personal insights into the forces of the mind – our thoughts, our feelings and our behaviours. We recognize these archetypal patterns when we think of mothers, priestess, and crones. We easily conjure up an image of what this means. By understanding the archetypal patterns that are present in our lives, we gain deeper insight into how our personality has adapted and can see how these patterns have helped us move forward, and how they hold us back.
In our art journaling programs, we teach you how to connect color, shapes, and images, with thoughts, feelings, and behavior. In this way, our deeper stories begin to unfold. We also teach you how to "read" your art journal spreads through two key lenses: the deeper or symbolic story the spread is telling about you in the present and how that story connects to the larger narrative of human experience.
When used for personal growth and transformation, an art journal is similar to a written journal. Here you express your inner most thoughts, you observe yourself as the expression unfolds and you make new meanings and connections about your true Self. The difference in art journaling is that we use colors, images, patterns, and other materials to express feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.
Collage is another form of creative expression and can be used alone as in creating collage cards or integrated into a mixed media art journal. In collage we're working with different kinds of papers, clippings from magazines, found objects, and photographs. There is a unique experience when we work with collage and assemble our materials to tell a visual story.
Mandalas are found amongst the most ancient art forms. Characterized as a Circle, mandalas are personal symbols that reflect the person creating them. Mandalas can tell our stories, be integrated into our art journals, and connect us with the Divine.
Creative expression recognizes the connection between the body and mind. Guided visualizations are part of our Inner Journey Process (tm). They are audio recordings that guide you to connecting with your body and breath. They help you to identify and accept body tensions. Once in a relaxed state, they guide your imagination to the images and parts of yourself that are ready to be expressed.
Discover how to release and ease away the stresses of the day with these beautifully produced e-books published by Women Connected and available in the e-Shop. Filled with practical exercises, soul-searching questions, mindfulness practices, quotes to inspire, and lots of room for your writing.
Our Coaching Approach and The Women Connected School
Choosing to work with a coach is a powerful way to realize your dreams and to transform your life. Whether you are looking at how you contribute in the world of work, or how you parent your children, or even creating the life you desire, you are opening yourself to new possibilities.
You will experience the release of stuck energies and find purpose, passion, and talents that will help you to create the life you dream about. You will gain clarity about who you are and what drives you and integrate new ways of being that will give full expression to who you are.
The coaching relationship is designed to expand your capacity for introspection and reflection, and a deepening self-awareness that activates greater discernment, choice, and self-expression.
Private coaching sessions are 45 minutes, two to four sessions per month, and conducted by Zoom. We meet in the Women Connected Coaching Portal, where all of our communications, coaching notes, vision and goals, and resources are available to you in one location. You simply sign-in right here on the Women Connected website, everything is organized in one place, and accessible from any device.
All of our private programs are also available in a group format for your association or organization.
The Women Connected School
The Women Connected School offers online programs, retreats, and workshops. We use Zoom technology to hold live classroom discussions and group coaching and our online course portal organizes lessons, videos, and activities.
Every coaching program is customized to your needs. Here are just a few of the topics that Terri coaches and teaches.
Inner Glass Ceiling
Expressive Arts Coaching
Women's Circle Leadership
I am committed to your goals, helping you to identify your priorities and intentions.
I create a safe space that holds trust, confidentiality, and honoring.
I am a witness and provide feedback, ideas and process that will offer you clarity and direction.
I am a professional and honor the ethical boundaries as an ICF coach, a depth coach, and expressive arts facilitator.
I am a co-creative partner and celebrate your life unfolding in new and amazing ways.
I bring the same level of commitment and integrity to my organizational coaching programs as I do in a one-to-one coaching engagement.
I am committed to supporting women to be fully seen and heard, and to engage the world around them with their talents.
I believe that leadership is more effective when there is a balance of men and women in leadership positions.
Through my network of coaches, I can scale our Women Connected programs to meet the needs of your organization.
Learn more about Women Connected coaching programs and how you can sponsor the women in your organization today.
Let's work together!
WHY I NEED A COACH, AND YOU MIGHT TOO!
“Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom…The power to choose, to respond, to change.” –Stephen Covey
I have a coach. When I tell this to people I occasionally notice the subtle stepping back as if I just told them I had a contagious skin disease. I can see the wheels inside their minds turning with questions like “if she needs a coach, how can she coach me?” I believe that everyone should have a coach! It’s an amazing journey into self-awareness unlike one that you can experience anywhere else. It’s a gift to be supported by a skillful coach. And, coaching can have life-changing outcomes.
In the 8 years that I have been working with my coach, my life has changed dramatically. And, if someone like me, who’s spent her whole career working in the field of adult development can benefit from having a coach, I’m betting you can too!
About ten years ago, I realized I was in a funk. I was looking for deeper meaning and purpose in my career. I’d had a great career and worked with many wonderful people along the way. On paper, my career experiences created curiosity and interest. However, I no longer felt fulfilled and I was even getting disillusioned about the way I was being asked to apply my areas of expertise at work. Also, I was hitting road blocks in some of my relationships and my knee-jerk reaction to disengage when there was conflict was creating more problems than it was solving.
I had been thinking about hiring a coach but it became a massive decision for me. There are so many coaches. How would I decide? How would I know if the person would be able to relate to me? What if she didn’t like me? What if she judged me?
I started reading about coaching and casually talking to people I knew who were either coaches or who had worked with a coach, asking them questions about their experiences. I started paying attention to the people who had “Coach” on their business profile to see what they were about.
What My Clients Say?
Working with Terri is engaging in honest, open, and meaningful conversations that expand and create a vision of what’s possible. I gave myself a wonderful gift when we started our mastermind, she’s a living proof of the power of women joining together in intentional conversations, supporting each others’ goals, and expecting the best of one another. I’ve heard her facilitating women’s groups and applaud the way she encourages amazing, purpose-seeking women to live the life of their dreams.
I was extremely pleased with the level of coaching provided by Terri Altschul. Together, we were able to identify key areas of focus and develop an individualized plan that allowed me to improve my leadership skills within a six month timeframe. I appreciated the personalized approach that she took to ensure I was achieving my optimal performance in managing a large Operations team. The tools, techniques and exercises provided during the sessions were easily incorporated into my professional routines and I quickly found improvements in my team structure and dynamic. In addition, I personally struggled with managing my work/life balance and Terri was able to gently provide techniques to improve in this area. I would highly recommend Terri to anyone who is looking to further strengthen their leadership skills. I am so glad I had the opportunity and committed myself to this process!
Terri is one of the most insightful practitioners I have ever worked with. Her ability to hear the complicated stories of my life and help me make sense of it was second to none. She helped me see the deeper parts of myself while reflecting respect and her enormous heart. I would not hesitate to work with her again and highly recommend her as a truly unique coach and consultant.
Terri provided me with excellent corporate coaching and mentoring support. Although I was at first dubious as to what assistance a corporate coach could offer, I was very quickly won over by her superlative wisdom, insight, and very practical suggestions that were incredibly helpful and useful to me in my role in the corporate world. Her help was so valuable that when I left my position, I hired Terri to help me with personal transition goals and focus. I am a fan of hers for life now and highly recommend her.
My team was in need of a thought leader in all things related to coaching, leadership development, and innovative ways to approach transform organizations. We were blessed to have Terri assume this position. She is a true professional, and her consultation was invaluable. She approaches her work with grace, tremendous knowledge, and the ability to help people be their best selves. She continues to be a great asset to me personally and professionally.
I have found that women can find it difficult to have relationships that are non-judgmental, authentic and supportive with other women. When they do have those relationships it is often with people who are/have experienced a similar path in life with them and the relationships are more surface than profound. Women Connected hits this issue at the core.
Through the design of the Women Connected Circles and caring facilitation of Terri, our cohort forged relationships within the first few sessions. Women where sharing things they had not told even their “closest” friends and a special “trust” was born. With all our differences, we connected in a new way. One month I was a buddy with a Buddhist Priest from San Francisco, the next with a Consultant in Utah and the next a recent MBA graduate from London. These relationships supported the foundations of all the work we did, which was very important work but admittedly would not have been as impactful had I just done it alone.
There is just something so powerful about women including other women in their lives in this way and taking this life lesson journey together. I am grateful to Terri for putting this outstanding program together, her fantastic facilitation and all my cohort friends for our new relationships. There is magic when women from different countries, different stages of life and different socio-economic groups come together in this way. It is a real gift that Terri has given us!
I sought out this program at a point in my life where I realized I needed to make a significant change of direction in my life and career. It was time to learn to contribute back to the greater good from my heart, not my head. Terri taught me to look deeply inside myself for the answers, and to trust who I am in my reinvention. Her valuable knowledge, training as a coach, but most of all, her compassion and personal authenticity made this an enriching process of personal growth for me, and allowed me to unhook from so many fears and insecurities that I had been carrying for too long!
Terri is the reason I am now enjoying a successful career in the Organizational Development field. Terri was my mentor as I transitioned into a Training Specialist role. She taught me the facilitation skills I use to this day. I would not be where I am today without her guidance and her gentle way of challenging me to push myself to accomplish milestones I didn’t even know I could reach.
Terri is a true partner/coach to her clients; providing a customized approach to each individual using her extensive tool set from 20 plus years of professional experience. She works effectively with executives at all levels, is able to convey “hard to hear” information and her insight and empathy enables her to identify targeted actions that get results. Coaching is also her passion and her commitment to other’s success creates trust even in the “tough” situations.
I’m so honored to have met Terri! It warms my heart to see how much she cares about people. She has inspired me to go after my dream. She has given me the tools to conquer it, and I can’t thank her enough!!! Since her coaching program, I have decided to live a life with no regrets! I want to live free, bold and sometimes daring (like King Julian in that picture I sent you I know I’ll fall down, I know I’ll get hurt, I know sometimes I’ll disappoint people, but now I’m OK with that. Because of the values work she taught me, I’m figuring out when it’s best to forge ahead and not look back, when it’s best to jump in with both feet (or not) and when it’s better to say “no” and go another direction.
Terri Altschul is a highly empathic, intuitive healer, whose innate right-brain gifts are presented within a grounded set of recognized and data-proven modalities. I think this combination is essential in our post-modern world, where it can often be an ongoing challenge to maintain our balance in the midst of so much turbulence, conflicting demands, and different understandings of what we wish were a commonly-shared reality. In my experience with Terri, she was able to enter into an unusual set of coaching circumstances, quickly establish rapport and connection, and assess and feel into my situation in a systematic yet heart-filled way. She offered coaching exercises and practices that were just off-the-beaten track enough for me to be inspired and energized by them, and they have been helpful. In fact, more than two years later, I’m still working with some of them, and now consider them to be ‘arrows in my quiver’ for my own coaching clients. So I would definitely feel happy about recommending Terri to anyone who asked me for a personal coaching referral.
Pleasing people is something I see almost every woman I know struggling with. That was my Achilles heel – until Terri came along! To me, EVERYTHING was personal, especially when there was no business involved. Now my phrase is;” it’s not personal, it’s just a difference in values.” (It makes much better sense!) I’m so honored to have met Terri! It warms my heart to see how much she cares about people. She inspired me to go after my dream. She gave me the tools to conquer it, and I can’t thank her enough!!!
Terri is smart, engaging, creative, and warm. She is genuinely interested in helping others grow and in supporting both individuals and the organization. She has a keen understanding of the relationship between workforce and business outcomes and is able to manage controversial stakeholder relationships and maintain good relations. As the coaching sponsor, Terri was very focused on best practices and enhancing the quality of coaching. She worked hard to support her organization get the best and with the coaches to keep commitments. She provided information to help us all be knowledgeable about the organizational culture and leadership models and went out of her way to ensure we had the tools we needed to provide good coaching. She is a terrific partner, always seeking to learn and grow and share. I would recommend Terri highly.
Terri Altschul is a premier trainer, facilitator, coach, and designer. She discovers the clients true needs and develops highly customized programs. Her relationship management and design ability are outstanding. One of Terri’s greatest strengths is her ability to truly listen and adapt in the moment to ensure superlative quality. I have known Terri for over ten years. She is always growing professionally and personally. She is the gold standard in training and development.
Within minutes of engaging with Terri, I knew she would be a great personal advocate while pushing me to advance my leadership skills and career objectives. Terri has a great capacity to understand what is required to motivate and guide you in the moment, while coaxing you to expand your own voice. She can tap into a wide-range of techniques, some honed over years of experience in corporate settings, and some acquired from her own experiences. I would highly recommend Terri to anyone!
Terri has created one of the best online learning platforms I have experienced. She is an excellent coach, facilitator, and learning leader and throughout the course she gently guided us through our personal development journey. The tools and resources she created allowed all of us to have a safe space to do some really deep work.
I highly recommend working with Terri to anyone that might feel stuck in life or is ready to tackle that self-improvement goal that has proven to be elusive. She is the best!
I was fortunate to work with Terri from 2006 to early 2011. Terri has many talents: she is brave, and not afraid to push limits and challenge even the highest level executive. Terri is insightful. She is able to listen and observe her clients and understand what is really going on and what is really needed. Terri is patient, a virtue that is invaluable while helping her client get to their ‘a-ha moment.’ Terri is open to ideas, new paths, criticism. She is holistic and ethical. She has passion for people. Terri values relationships. She is an outstanding professional, an exceptional coach, an effective performance consultant, with teams and individuals at all levels. I trust Terri to get results.
Terri is an objective, neutral but motivating sounding board to discuss both professional (individual) as well as organizational challenges and opportunities. She cultivated my individual strength and growth, including restoring my self confidence and increasing my self reliance. She helped me to regain my individual power and voice in the C-suite. She expanded my perspective so that I could use different lenses to view the perspectives of my team and peers, bringing out the best in my whole team. Terri helped me expand my ways of working with others depending upon their styles and needs. Through working with Terri, I have been restored, and am renewed in who I am. I am challenging myself in a very positive way –I have increased self-confidence and self-reliance –I have become more of my impact as a strategic leader and I am delegating more to my team.
As a peer and ‘thought partner’ I especially appreciated Terri’s ability to challenge me to think of different perspectives. She has a special talent for seeing in the moment what others do not. Co-facilitating with her, I’ve seen her use this talent to challenge a group to dig deeper into their dynamics, and do it in a way that is not threatening, but rather supportive, caring, and helpful. The client always knew that Terri had their best interest in mind and was trying to help them find their own solution to an issue. Her professionalism is a model for those of us who work with teams to improve their effectiveness.
The Women Connected Circle model for deep connection is unsurpassed. Each session was well constructed to carefully and intentionally get each of us to a deeper understanding of ourselves in the presence of one another. There is plenty of safety built in and lots of challenge. After being a part of a Women Connect Circle, I decided to launch my own coaching groups. I have had 7 of them, all very successful and transformational. I wholeheartedly support and love this group work and the women of the world need this experience NOW!
Over the past 15 years I’ve participated in many virtual learning cohorts including Ivy League institutions. My experience with Terri’s Group Coaching Program was by far the most engaging, interactive and productive experience I’ve ever had. Without question the most valuable part of the workshop is the group facilitation and private coaching provided by Terri. Terri takes the time to help each participant deeply understand how to approach change in a personal and meaningful way, where you not only see results during the workshop, but you are truly prepared to approach future change needs in a new, productive way.
“Terri is a terrific coach and mentor, and her work as a leader of online group coaching brings a powerful addition to her portfolio. By taking a holistic approach to coaching, Terri helped me see my motivations, fears, and self-perceptions in a way that I could be more choiceful in my life. Through working with Terri, I developed greater self-awareness about what holds me back, including my own inner critic. This awareness helps me to see a broader perspective so that I’m not as paralyzed or self-doubting in my abilities. Because of my work with Terri, I’ve come out of my protective cocoon and am starting to spread my wings. I’ve identified things that are important to me and moving forward I can now determine the balance I want for myself.”
From The Blog
We are complex beings and we recognize that every woman is unique. Our programs are fully customized so that you are receiving exactly the focus and support you need rather than a one-size fits all approach.
This means that you set your agenda for what you want to accomplish and we provide a process to support you getting there. You can raise the bar at the level that feels most attainable for you and we will not push you to do more or less.
We will ask you how you would like to be held accountable and as the faculty for this program, we will do our best to keep you at your learning edge.
Absolutely! We have a team of coaches with whom we work and technology platforms that allow us to provide a consistent experience. We can scale to your organization's needs with our one-on-one coaching, group programs, and online programs.
Women Connected Circles are online transformational programs. The women in a Circle commit to working together for six to twelve months. Here they focus on their own transformation and also to hold space and support the other women. This is a life changing experience for the women who participate.
Yes, while our programs are designed to offer Women Connected programs via online platforms, we can offer some of our Women Connected programs on site at your organization. All of our private coaching however, is designed for online/virtual delivery. In this way, we are able to give you the very best value and pricing.
In 2018 we will begin certifying individuals to facilitate "Women Connected Circles" in their local communities. Stay tuned for more information.