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!
I’m a certified coach, career strategist, speaker/trainer, university professor, and workplace consultant. I help individuals and groups find happiness and meaning at work and in life.
We’re all complex, multi-faceted humans; this is a fundamental belief of mine and part of my approach. I believe your career should fit within your life—not the other way around.
But I also believe that by spending a high majority of our waking hours at work it’s impossible to fully separate our lives from how we spend our time professionally.
This is why, unlike other career coaches, I infuse my life coaching expertise into my career strategy work. It’s also why, unlike other life coaches, I am able to understand the nuances of workplace topics and their extremely deep impact (good or bad) on our lives.
I work with both individual clients and organizations which gives me access to emerging workforce trends 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.
I have over a decade of experience working in corporate settings and have coached, lectured, and trained hundreds of individuals. I will complete my ICF credentials in 2018 through the CTI Coach Training Program, the oldest, most intensive in-person coach training in the world. I hold a life coaching certification through the International Coaching Science Research Foundation and a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Virginia.
My work has been cited in US News & World Report, Essence Magazine, The Huffington Post, Working Mother, Career Contessa, Bustle, Brit + Co, Monster, Brazen Careerist, Fairygodboss, and more. I’ve also been named a Thumbtack “Best of” Career Coach & Resume Writer and a Top LinkedIn Professional Service Provider.
How’d I get here?
But let’s back up, what about my life outside of coaching and speaking, and how did I go from studying Anthropology to land in coaching, facilitation, and workplace consulting?
I’ve always been a bit of a planner and have had a vision for my life and career. Back in college, I was fascinated with studying culture and the discipline of Anthropology (and soon picked up a second major of Sociology) but 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 one 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 and dreams. 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’ve since 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?
Today I help working 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 and healthier lives.
My clients are all unique but almost all have a common thread of feeling stuck.
They’re not sure how to more forward be that in job search, life transition, or other situation; 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.