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 and am certified to administer the powerful Leadership Circle Profile™ 360-degree competency assessment.
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 provide free coaching to retirees through my “More to Give” initiative, as well as complimentary career coaching to recently homeless women through the “Up With Women” organization. I am an active volunteer in my family’s synagogue, contributing to creating inspiring and relevant events as a part of the Programming committee. Most recently, I joined the CEO Pledge Committee of The Black North Initiative, challenging Canadian CEOs to explicitly acknowledge the existence of anti-Black systemic racism and the need to create more leadership opportunities within their companies for people of colour.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, I’ve offered free support to Canadian HR leaders (the offer still stands!) Also, because we’re all in the same boat during this exceptional time, I’m offering My Q&A (Quarantine & After) Journal as a gift to help professionals process and plan through everything going on. As Albert Einstein said, “In every difficulty, lies opportunity.”