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Terri Altschul
Terri Altschul, PCC |Professional Integral and Leadership Coach | Activator | Art Journaler | Mom | Wife | Founder of

A Note From the Founder, Terri Altschul

Hello Beautiful Woman,

At first glance, this site may look like it’s all about coaching and training, but really its you YOU.  YOU realizing what is keeping you from your fullest potential, YOU releasing inherited mindsets that are hold you back, and YOU reclaiming your inherent gifts and talents and offering them in the world.

As the Founder of and the Creator of Women Connected Programs and Circles, I have experienced first hand how teachers, role models, and mentors are necessary guides when we venture into the unknown.  These adventures are knows as The Modern Heroine’s Journey.  

The Modern Heroine’s Journey is about our evolution as women, learning how we continue to embody the history of women’s oppression that was passed down through the generations to us, and integrating the feminine and masculine sides of ourselves.  We honor the biological cycles of our lives and allow the profound changes that these cycles have in our feminine experience and our feminine psychology.

Through each spiral of the Heroine’s Journey, we learn new things.  From my teachers, I have learned to slow down and be more present in the moment.  I learned how to listen to my body’s signals when it’s tired or weary – rather than just pushing through until total exhaustion.  I have moved my dreams to the forefront – allowing them to be as important as the care and nurturing I give to others in my life.  

Today, I live my life with so much more creativity and emotional freedom than I imagined possible.  My life continues to expand, and each new spiral on The Journey brings new healing and releases more constriction.

I have culminated these learnings, integrating them with my formal training in Learning & Organizational Development, and can’t wait to share them with you.

  • I’m ready and open to walking beside you as you transition through the seasons of your female biology – learning to release one stage and to embrace the next.
  • I’m committed to supporting you in releasing the female stereotypes of pleasing, co-dependency, and perfectionism that you inherited and learned.
  • I can teach you how to ground yourself in the Feminine ways and your higher purpose.
  • I will gently guide you to face the darker side of yourself and release the inner demons.
  • I am prepared to be your guide on your Heroine’s Journey to release the best woman you already are.

The Dalai Lama said, “The world will be saved by the western woman.” If you believe this too, you’re on the right path. The next step is up to you.  Are you open and willing to commit to positive transformation on your own behalf? Give yourself the gift of time to consider your own Feminine Potential.

You Are Worth It! 

I’m the oldest of four children with three younger brothers.  I had a 20-year career on Wall Street where I worked at the top of my profession.  And, I’m the mom to three sons!  I’ve been the soccer mom, the hostess for most of our family gatherings, and the glue in the schedules to get everyone to where they needed to be.  I was juggling family and work and trying to squeeze in a little “me” time when I could. 

From the time that I was born, I was immersed in masculine culture and patriarchy, where men hold the power and women are excluded from it.  I was a Father’s Daughter.  I learned to value things that men value and had little exposure to living a life that valued being feminine.

Sound familiar?

We've All Been There

Imagine my surprise when I had my first supervisory position in a Wall Street firm and experienced men resisting taking direction from me because I was a woman.  I had been giving guidance to men my whole life! Wall Street, like many organizations, is a world of men, hierarchy, and aggressive behavior.  My life growing up had prepared me to work around men, to protect myself and not show vulnerability, to play games to get what I wanted, to use my intellect, and to hide the “softer” parts of myself. 

Then, eleven years ago, I hit the burn out wall.  I was exhausted from driving myself so hard.  I realized that masculine energy was not just around me, but it was also inside of me, including in the way I devalued my own feminine nature. I realized that I had internalized negative societal attitudes about being a woman.  I looked around at relationships in general and saw I wasn’t alone.  I noticed not just the way men treat women; I began to see how women often treated other women in the same devaluing ways. This realization that we, as women, also carry the oppression of women inside of us was a big wake-up call for me. 

I began to ask “what are feminine qualities and principles?”  How can they be integrated into my life?

This journey of realizing, releasing, and reclaiming has changed my life!

These questions led me to several teachers and mentors, including Rosanna, who initiated me in the Heroine’s Journey.  I went on a journey to heal my emotions, release the need to please, and integrate my shadow. When we take this journey, we are able to reclaim the gifts and talents that were hidden away. 

Today, I am happy, spontaneous and creative.  I have an inner freedom that I never knew when I was concealing the core part of myself.  I have reclaimed my gifts of intuition, relatedness, the ability to receive, and a willingness to let things unfold. I now allow my inner knowing to guide me, even in the face of resistance. 

This journey is the inspiration for what we offer today at Women Connected.   All of our coaching programs and Women Connected Circles take you on an inner journey of Realizing, Releasing, and Reclaiming.

How do you carry the Feminine and the Masculine with yourself?  What parts of yourself do you hide because they are “too soft or emotional”?  What is in your feminine shadow that pours out at the worst times?  What parts of YOU want to be liberated and dynamically expressed in the world? 

Some of the more official stuff about my background...

  • Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
  • Love of Learning
  • Activator
  • Creativity
  • Gratitude

CEO and Founder,  Women Connected, 2015 to present

CEO and Founder,  Pathwork Coaching, 2011 to present

AstraZeneca, Director Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, 2006-11

Morgan Stanley, VP Learning & Leadership Development, 2001-05

Prudential Insurance, VP, Agency Training, 1998-2001

Pershing, VP Corporate Learning, 1996-98

PaineWebber (now UBS), VP Support Staff Training, 1989-1996

Bachelor of Business Administration, Organizational Psychology (Graduated with honors), American Intercontinental University · Hoffman Estates, IL

  • ICF Credential PCC with more than 3,000 coaching hours
  • Certified New Ventures West Integral Coach
  • Certificate 18-month Gestalt Training Program
  • Certified Coach & Facilitator, Immunity to Change, Harvard
  • “Creative Expression, Going Deeper with Coaching Clients”, Gestalt Institute, Cleveland
  • “Experimenting with Experiments, a Coach Approach”, Gestalt Institute, Cleveland
  • “Writing, Creativity, and the Mindful Coach”, The Mindfulness Coaching School
  • “The Art of Engaged Mindfulness”, The Mindfulness Coaching School
  • “The Dynamic Trio: EMDR, Positive Psychology & Coaching”, The Mindfulness Coaching School
  • Certified Linkage “Leading Organizational Transition”
  • Certificate 4Mat4Business Instructional Design
  • Certified “TiLT 365”
  • Certified Reina “Trust and Betrayal in Organizations”
  • Certified Lominger “Voices”
  • Certified Group Development Questionnaire (GDQ)
  • Certified Hay Group “Organizational Climate”
  • Certified Hay Group “High Impact Leadership”       
  • Certified “Crucial Conversations”
  • Leadership Agility
  • Qualified MBTI
  • Certified Achieve Global “Quality Service Skills”
  • Certified Wilson Learning “Navigator”
  • Certified “Managing Professional Growth”
  • Certified “FastStart”
  • Johari Window
  • Certified “Dimensional Team Building”
  • Certified Franklin “Timequest”
  • Type & Conflict
  • Certified “Leadership Through People Skills”
  • Info Mapping “Instruction-Based Design”
  • Web-based authoring tools include Intrepid, Ruzuku, Word Press, Joomla, Blackboard, Adobe Connect, GoToWebinars-Meetings-Training
  • Adobe Creative Suite, Articulate Engage, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Camtasia, Snag-it, InstaPage, Audacity, HootSuite, MailChimp (newletters and automated workflows)
  • MS Office Suite, MS Project, Social Learning Platforms and Mobile Applications
  • Memberships in ASTD, SHRM, ICF, HBA, ODN, and SBA
  • Personal Activities:  Art Journaling, Svaroopa Yoga, Mindfulness 


  • Love your Inner Goddess, Awakening the Sacred Feminine
  • The Self-Authoring Woman, coming in the Fall 2019


  • Navigating Transitions, a 3-month online program
  • Seeking Light & Shadow, a 4-week online art journaling program


  • The Inner Journey of Art Journaling, an 8-week online program
  • The Feminine Shadow, an art journaling weekend retreat


  • Conscious Endings, one-month online program
  • When I Doubt Myself {and Other Women}, a 3-month online program
  • The 12 Faces of the Good Mother, half-day workshop
  • 10 Days to Relieve Stress and Anxiety, self-study + journal


  • Women Connected Circles, an 8-month online program
  • Balance & Self-Care Journal Series:  Mastering Your Moods, The Art of Letting Go, Building a Gratitude Practice

I’ve got lots to share!


I've been designing interactive journals and have some available in the e-Shop.


My Blog is my ongoing dialogue with the world where you can find tools for your journey.


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Terri Altschul

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