We shouldn’t have to lose ourselves to achieve our professional goals
Too often, career coaching is about how to play the game, how to offer inauthentic responses to interview questions that sound “right,” how to get hired or promoted by performing as someone else. Because hiring processes and organizations often privilege certain personality traits (such as extraversion), we do what we need to do in order to get the job. But when this happens, we can more easily lose our voices, values, visions. I believe there is a need to disrupt this cycle, and I do so by supporting individuals in finding and expressing a confidence that is rooted in authenticity.
We deserve to be authentic and whole
I am interested in helping people find ways to see, recognize, and center their skills, competencies, passions, identities, and voice as they pursue their professional goals. We do not have to pretend to properly demonstrate competence and passion. We should be able to access and live as our most authentic selves at work.
Self-awareness changes everything
I am a strong believer that intensive introspection and the building of self-awareness should be an integral part of the career coaching world. Without understanding why we do what we do, why we feel what we feel, how we orient around change or growth, why our confidence is so low, why destructive emotions are triggered by certain behaviors or interactions, what our relationship to power is (based on hierarchy, race, gender, immigration status, disability, etc.), it becomes difficult to find ourselves, our desires, our goals, and our needs. The road to a meaningful and fulfilling work life depends on clarity and confidence, which must be grounded in self-knowledge.
Feelings offer important data
I am able to understand the relationship between human feelings and the root causes of those feelings. Part of the work I do with my clients is to help them see and understand their feelings, other people’s feelings, and the context to deeply understand the big picture. It is incredible how much clarity comes with understanding the source of feelings.
I am trained academically and on the job around issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and immigration. I believe integrating our identities and locating our privilege is an important part of communicating and relating to others (and oneself) effectively.