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 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 much 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 work with people 1:1 as well as in groups. I partner with organizations and academic institutions which gives me access to emerging trends and dynamics while still being able to focus on the individual. I also teach a Career Preparation course in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago which gives me a unique perspective on the needs, expectations, and beliefs of Gen Z.
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 began to focus my attention to nuances in modern western culture. But 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 my experience supplementing my education with my peers. Soon friends, family, and classmates were seeking me out to discuss their paths. Once in school, I ended up leading part of an internship seminar because my classmates had more questions for me than the facilitator; years later I attended a negotiation panel and as the night went on questions started to be directed towards me, not the panelists, since my engagement revealed I was just as, if not more, experienced and knowledgeable on the subject.
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. 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.
Soon after I took a leap of faith and moved to a new city (Atlanta!) where I knew virtually no one. The challenge and risk was part of the appeal. Riding the momentum and adrenaline, I began to actively write about life and career change. In 2014 I decided it was time (I also thought, what the heck!) to formally start my coaching business.
I still work 1:1 with individuals but have expanded my work to include workshops, speaking engagements, and consulting. Currently I live and work from my home in Wicker Park, Chicago with 16 houseplants.
Who do I work with?
I work with anyone who wants SOMETHING to change or who feels like SOMETHING is off. I help professionals from senior management to early career identify what they actually want to be doing 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 or why they can’t stick to a New Years resolution. Maybe they can’t decide whether to buy property or move across the country. Sometimes they’re not even quite sure what they want.
I develop and deliver original content through workshops, speaking engagements, and trainings to help individuals grow in a group setting. I also partner with large and small groups to identify what is and what’s not working from an operational, cultural, or inter-personal standpoint.