When it was time to tackle new challenges, I realized that more than anything, I wanted to help other people feel about their work and their life how I felt about mine. The thousands of people I'd met throughout various careers weren't all thriving. In fact, some were going through the motions while others languished along the spectrum of stress and unhappiness.
I noticed that when people were unhappy at work, their performance suffered, the organization was less able to innovate, and their coworkers weren't terribly inspired either. Often their lack of professional joy bled into other parts of their lives too, impacting their health, relationships, activities and community.
I made the decision to integrate my years of experience as a writer, editor, designer, PR specialist and personal branding strategist; my education; my work in and knowledge of multiple professional fields; my mindfulness practice; and my intense desire to help others thrive in their work. I threw myself into reading, discussing and learning everything I could about coaching. I studied with several excellent coaches because I'm a big believer in walking the walk, and I wanted to understand the finer points of the process. My coaching business, Thrive Coaching & Development, was off and running.
I also began teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University, first with just one course that played to my experience in PR. Now just three years later I teach that course, PR for Nonprofits, along with two that center on career matters: PR Career Success Preparation and Citizenship & Careers. In all three courses I get to engage with smart, wonderful students who are eager to explore what excites them and how they can align their goals and values with meaningful work.
Our world is absolutely amazing and holds tremendous promise for even deeper enrichment. It takes each of us loving what we do, sharing our greatest gifts and living our lives with humor, creativity, vibrancy, purpose and compassion to maximize this global potential. I strive to thrive in those facets daily, and my purpose is to help others claim them too!
As a Certified Career Coach, I help people identify, attain and thrive in the type of work that makes them feel happy, fulfilled and successful. I do this through coaching; expert resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile development; networking and interview preparation; and job search mapping.
My experience in strategic writing, PR, design and personal branding sets me apart as a coach because I'm able to help my clients differentiate themselves and communicate their strengths, unique value and personal edge across multiple platforms. I work with college students and professionals of all career stages.
My life and career path have prepared me incredibly well for this calling!
My approach to teaching, training and coaching is dynamic, highly interactive and collaborative, enabling me to help college students and pros of all career stages identify, prepare for and claim the work that will provide them with joy, meaning and success. When you work with me to navigate what's next, create a stellar and cutting-edge resume or to gear up for interviews, you're joining forces with someone incredibly excited and prepared to work with you. My practice combines my:
I thought I was thriving before, but the joy I get from helping others realize their professional dreams is unmatched. I work with college students, recent graduates, career changers, seasoned professionals and men and women eager to tackle a new, bold calling. I can’t wait to help YOU feel the same way about what you do, and about what type of impact you can make on others, your family, your community and the world. I can't wait for us to thrive together!
Growing up with an artsy mom and a businessy dad, I was heavily influenced by both. One minute I was determined to be a painter and then next, a CEO. I ended up kind of doing both: owning two marketing firms, where I did plenty of logo designing and other creative work for clients, and later serving in a COO capacity as Deputy Mayor for the world's greatest college town (no bias here), Bloomington, Indiana (that's the very cool Mayor Mark Kruzan swearing me in as Deputy Mayor in the photo above).
So with both halves of my brain needing constant stimulation, my own career path has been robust and divergent, to say the least. I've worked in retail, restaurants, the corporate world, marketing, nonprofits, higher education and government. I've been a (mainly ballet) dancer, owned three businesses, worked as a freelance writer, and directed an animal shelter fundraising campaign and a mayoral campaign. I’ve served on seven boards of directors, am past president of a women’s leadership organization, and am a State Council member for the Humane Society of the United States.
I've directed communications for several organizations and co-authored a text used by 30,000 IU Kelley School of Business students. I've won a National Writing Competition for Daytime Drama, and interviewed Mick Jagger, who was kind enough to get me tickets and backstage passes for a concert in Europe. I also met Keith and Ronnie in Keith's hotel room, but that's another story.
I've worked in so many different capacities and fields because I have so many interests and skills. The only rules I operated by were that whatever I did, it had to add to my skills and knowledge, give me at least some joy, and let me contribute to something good in some way. It had to, on some level, make me thrive.
And thrive I did. I earned two Master’s degrees, in Journalism and Arts Administration, and became the first and so far only female Deputy Mayor of Bloomington, Ind. In that role I reinvented the budgeting process, directed an innovation effort saving $6 million, managed the City's 750 employees, and developed the City’s first strategic plan. I also was a founder of the City’s arts district, and designed the logo for and name the trail that runs through the heart of downtown Bloomington, the B-Line Trail. I even got to design its bridge, a 16-ton blue diamond ...