After nearly 20 years in the legal community, it dawned on me that I don’t like being a lawyer and it is utterly unsuitable for my brain wiring. Sometimes change takes time. I realized that my passion is helping others in our community to understand their brains, play to their strengths, and put tools in place to smooth over any rough spots. To do that, I wanted comprehensive tools to help my clients will all aspects of their lives, so I completed training in ICF accredited executive, career, and ADHD coaching.
I am a strengths-based co-active coach. That means that I approach my clients as equal partners in the coaching journey. I also identify and build upon strengths. At the same time, I don’t approach challenges in a negative way. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. It’s not a good or a bad thing. Rather, it gives us useful data on what our mind is fascinated by and what we enjoy doing. I encourage clients to approach coaching as a science experiment with a “how fascinating!” mentality. I use a lot of humor in my practice to create a safe space to tackle tough things and implement pragmatic tools. I have a very practical approach and I’m focused on achieving outcomes. I coach adults from students transitioning to college to c-suite executives.
I am a recovering attorney who never thought I’d be a former Federal appellate litigator or subject matter expert on World Trade Organization dispute settlement. Life’s weird. I received my ADHD training from ADDCA, executive coaching certification from American University, and career coaching certifications from the National Career Development Association and the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches. I received my J.D. from William & Mary Law School and a journalism degree from James Madison University. To sum it up, I studied for seven years to be really, really good at asking people questions.
Recent clients include senior executives and professionals from General Motors, The New York Times, iRobot, the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the National Intelligence Council, the National Academy of Sciences, IBM, Mayer Brown, the Audubon Society, Northrop Grumman, and Kearney, among many others.