About Me

How I became a career and life coach

As a manager, I learned how employers think and how people succeed.

I coached employees. I did lots of hiring and supervision.  I learned through my own trial and error. I have also done a lot of personal work and exploration, which helps make me an effective life coach.

My career has included:

  • workforce training, economic development, public health, and health care advocacy,
  • creating programs and running large systems, and
  • creating a successful business as a licensed health insurance advisor.

Now I’m a career and life coach−see my credentials below. My clients learn practical skills and make practical progress. Just as important, they learn to move past inner and outer obstacles.  I help clients define success in their own terms and then make it happen. I use a sense of humor to make all this work fun as well as serious.

My story

I grew up very well-behaved. Ever since, I have been growing into my real self, so I know it’s possible. Lots of things helped. My coaching training included a lot of coaching and helped me become happier, more authentic and more courageous.

I meditate (but not every day!) and can help my clients become more mindful. I believe in growing and learning, respecting yourself and others, living what you believe…and having fun. Peace and racial and social justice are important to me. I’m a hiker and a voracious reader. I love adventure and have worked in Turkey, lived in Japan and Scotland, and traveled a lot.

Credentials

  • Certified Career Services Provider, National Career Development Association
  • Professional Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Coaches Training Institute*
  • Certified Job and Career Transition Coach, Career Development Network
  • Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching Advanced Coach Training Series
  • Salary negotiation trainer for WorkSmart Boston, American Association of University Women
  • Master’s degree in intercultural management from SIT Graduate Institute at World Learning
  • Bachelor’s degree in art from Brown University

*A partner of The Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.

Some of my work experience

  • Directed the Boston Healthcare and Research Training Institute.
  • Managed statewide programs at Health Care For All that improved children’s health coverage and helped families find health insurance.
  • At MA Department of Public Health WIC Program, supervised 13 staff, successfully implemented $4M statewide IT system, created a training system, and managed a $48M food delivery system for 110,000 people.

Affiliations

  • President of Beacon Hill Friends House Corporation and Board
  • Career Counselors’ Consortium
  • National Career Development Association