I am an ICF Certified Coach, a Certified Integral Coach, facilitator, an online teacher, a course designer, a writer, an art journaler, wife, mom, continuous learner, and founder of WomenConnected.net.
My career in coaching is an extension of my lifelong career in adult development.
When I began my undergraduate work, I wanted to be a psychologist. I felt extremely drawn to the field of helping others who were trying to figure out things in life but for one reason or another seemed to be stuck. As I delved into the studies, however, I found the curriculum to be so disease oriented that I pulled away.
I began to realize that my interests were in helping fairly well functioning individuals to have more peace of mind, to heal their emotions, and to design productive meaningful lives. I quickly realized that when I am facilitating these kinds of experiences, something inside of me soars. An inner knowing of "this is my purpose" clicked for me when I was in my twenties, and this has been my GPS throughout my career.
This interest blessed me with a 20+ year career in the field of learning, leadership, and organizational development. Many of those years were on Wall Street, yet, as my career as an independent consultant has grown, I can now say I've worked in industries from pharmaceutical, to oil & gas, to medical devices, to training companies, to non-profit, and in quite a few tech companies.
Becoming a certified coach was a natural extension of the field to which I have been committed throughout my work life. I'm an ICF coach and abide by the ICF code of conduct. I have attended three coaching schools and am beginning a new school of coaching in the Fall of 2017. My approach is a little bit integral and a whole lot Gestalt, which simply means my focus is on the whole person: mind, body, relationships, spirit, and field. I have expanded my toolkit of working in organizations with leaders and high-potentials, to include the healing arts, expressive arts and mindfulness.
In 2015, I felt called to focus on the unique needs of women. I founded Women Connected and launched Women Connected Circles, touching a global audience. In 2017, we launched the Women Connected Global School, providing transformational experiences for women to expand their self-awareness and to express their potential in the world.
Today I work as a professional coach and consultant. My services are available to individuals and organizations and I have also begun doing workshops and retreats.
I live in Delaware with my husband, three sons, our bearded collie Mikey, and our cat Kiera.
Here's a bit about my formal professional training:
2017 - Designed and facilitated "The Feminine Shadow" an art journaling workshop/retreat
2016 - Designed, facilitated, and launched Global Women Connected Circles - a six-month program of online women's circles
2015 - Attended the "Coaching and Creativity" and "Working with Dreams - a Jungian approach" workshops at the Gestalt Institute, Cleveland, Ohio - and this opened a brand new window into my approach to coaching
2015 - Certified TiLT 360' Assessment
2014 - Promoted to ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with more than 3,000 coaching hours and 200 hours of coach specific training
2012- Graduate 18-month Gestalt Training Program (GTP), Gestalt Institute, Cleveland, Ohio
2011 - Certified Immunity to Change, Coaching Training, with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey
2010 - Promoted to ICF Associate Certified Coach
2010 - Graduate New Ventures West Integral Coaching with James Flaherty
2010 - Certified Immunity to Change, Facilitator Training, with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey
2010 - Certified Leadership Agility 360', Joiner and Associates
2009 - Gestalt Experience Workshop, Gestalt Institute, Cleveland, Ohio
2009 - Coaching, National Training Labs, Washington, DC
2009 - Human Interaction Lab, National Training Labs, Washington, DC
2009 - Certified Group Development and GDQ, Susan Wheelan
2009- Certified Trust in the Workplace certification, Michelle Reina
2008 - Certified Crucial Conversations, Vital Smarts
2008- Certified Leadership Architect, Korn Ferry
2006 - High Impact Leadership + 360', Hay Group
2006 - Organizational Climate + 360', Hay Group
2002 - Certified Leadership Through People Skills, Psychological Associates
1998 - Qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Center for the Application of Psychological type
B.S. Organizational Psychology + 30 credits in Human Psychology
To learn more about my work history and qualifications download my resume here.
I've got lots to share!
CLICK HERE to check out the Women Connected Global School
AND HERE to read my blog (lately I've been writing about the value of our more difficult emotions)
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