Coaching Background & Style
Hi there, I’m Jane. And if you’re on my website you’re either interested in learning more about me and my work or you’ve clicked through a social media rabbit hole. Either way—welcome and thanks for swinging by!
I’m a certified leadership, personal development, and career transition coach. I am also a speaker, trainer, university professor, and workplace consultant. But mostly, I’m curious about and you and how I can help.
I help people find fulfillment, happiness, and meaning in any and all areas of their lives. This might feel like something you should be able to do on your own, and for many parts of life you probably can and do! But sometimes you can’t. Sometimes you might put so much pressure on yourself to figure it all out quickly and perfectly. Sometimes you can’t figure it out alone. That’s okay, that’s where I come in.
We’re all complex, multi-faceted humans; this is a fundamental belief of mine and part of my approach. I believe your all parts of your life should work together not against one another.
I support individuals and groups with making progress on positive, sustainable change. I bring an empathetic and intuitive coaching perspective to help people find and succeed at what’s next for them, guiding them through transitions while supporting them to build enhanced visions for their lives, leadership, executive presence, communications, emotional intelligence, and overall effectiveness and fulfillment.
How’d I get here?
But let’s back up, what about my life outside of coaching and speaking, and how did I get into this sometimes seemingly squishy business of coaching??
I’ve always had a vision for my life and career, even before I realized it was a vision. Back in college, I was fascinated with studying culture and discovered the discipline of Anthropology. I soon picked up a second major of Sociology, and noticed I was always naturally curious about the nuances in modern western culture, especially around work. Still, I knew my professional path would begin in the corporate world. I also understood that my choice to study these subjects would make it a bit more challenging to launch my career, plus I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do at first. So I got scrappy and creative—I interned a lot and held many different jobs to explore my interests.
I was first exposed to advertising and marketing—which is where I began my career—while working for the Recycling Department at UVA. For three years I crafted messages and led promotions to educate students on often little-known recycling options (for instance: Solo cups are recyclable!) I began sharing advice on my experience supplementing my education with others; soon friends, family, and classmates were seeking me out to discuss their journeys. Once in school, I ended up leading part of an internship seminar since my classmates had more questions for me than the facilitator; years later I participated in a negotiation seminar and again ended up fielding questions from the audience since I had such deep experience on the topic.
It became a bit of a joke with friends, colleagues, and family: I was their coach. Conversations with senior management that were meant to be about my growth would flip after 10 minutes to their goals, dreams, families, or challenges with a client. People would come to me when something just didn’t feel “right” in their life or at work and would tell me they just felt better after talking things out with me. Still, it wasn’t until a friend laid out for me that within 6 months of me moving across the street from her she had renegotiated her salary by $15,000, lost 20 pounds, and finally applied to graduate school—with my help—that it hit me: This was real. This was what I needed to be doing.
I made it official in 2014 when I launched my business on the side. I joined the Adjunct Faculty at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago in 2017, and a year later I began coaching and consulting full-time.
Prior to coaching full-time, I worked in marketing and brand management for a decade at Fortune List companies and start-ups alike. I’ve launched major products and campaigns, led a cross-functional team in support of a $3 billion banking acquisition, and founded and led a global Culture organization. I frequently draw on this experience in my work with leaders and organizations.
Currently I live and work from my home in Wicker Park, Chicago with a growing number fo 10+ houseplants.
Who do I work with?
I work with anyone who craves something more. A lot of my clients are new leaders and executives, entrepreneurs launching and growing businesses, parents transitioning back to work; really anyone who has a goal or a vision, is going through a change or wants a change, or feels like something is off.
I help people identify what they actually want and help them get there. I help individuals overcome various obstacles in their lives, move cities, states, and countries, and generally live happier, healthier, and more full lives.
My clients are all unique but almost all have a common thread of feeling stuck.
They’re not sure whether they should finally leave the job they have been complaining about for years, why they can’t stick to a New Years resolution, whether they should take the job and move across the country, or take the leap and launch the business idea they’ve been chewing on for years. Sometimes they’re not even quite sure what they want.
I work with groups and organizations who understand that new types of leaders require a new type of coaching. The groups I speak to are curious about what coaching can offer, are sick of motivational speakers who don’t offer applications of their ideas, and actually want to support their people while driving business results. And the teams I consult with are serious about identifying what is and what’s not working from an operational, cultural, or inter-personal standpoint.