The common thread throughout my career has been about relating to people in a meaningful way, helping them make decisions that have a positive effect on their lives. I have been coaching since 2006 and am trained and certified (CPCC: Certified Professional CoActive Coach) by the Coaches Training Institute – the world’s largest coach training school accredited by the International Coach Federation. I also hold the advanced coaching certification of PCC – Professional Certified Coach – from the International Coach Federation.
In terms of other formal education, I hold an MBA with a specialty in Organizational Behaviour from the Schulich School of Business (York University), an HBA from the Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) and a Certificate in Adult Training and Development from OISE (University of Toronto).
My experience in the Leadership Development department of one of Canada’s largest banks helps me to do my job today; I gained excellent insight into the development needs of business leaders, which offers me context for my coaching practice. I also have a background in marketing communications, both as an independent consultant for several years and prior to that as the National Marketing Manager at a large accounting firm.
Contributing to my community is important to me. I have shared advice about career development and leadership as a speaker at several Schulich alumni events that attract professionals from around the globe. I write for the Globe and Mail’s “Nine to Five” column, and have been sought out as a contributor by SunTV, as a panelist in Ivey’s “Women in Leadership” class, and as a presenter to the Women’s Initiative groups at Monitor Consulting and Unilever. For fifteen years, I’ve been a proud participant and aggressive fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Run for the Cure, and I always make room my practice for a pro-bono client.
I mentor new Coaches through the business-building aspects of launching their coaching careers, and act as a Literacy Coach at my children’s school to help kids love to learn long before they have to worry about how it will make them money!