In the world of career search, there is a natural intersection between HR and coaching.
In my Human Resources career, I focused my energies on the mechanics of putting people to work. I ensured organizations had tools and resources to execute an effective hiring process, on-boarding/training programs, assessments, performance management systems, balanced scorecard, etc.
I love doing this important work, but discovered people and organizations need more than programs and tools. We all need to feel connected and inspired, purposeful and balanced. Coaching became the missing element and I committed to becoming a certified coach.
My attention turned from the mechanics of program development and execution to ensuring individuals are living their best lives. Not just their best work lives, but their best whole lives. I am driven to help people identify and follow their dreams and passions.
So often, the jobs or careers we’ve chosen (or the ones that have chosen us!) are not fully aligned with creating the lives of our dreams. It was because of this misalignment that I created LAUNCH.
On this site, you can learn all about LAUNCH; how it’s designed and structured, the benefits, the process, our amazing coaches, etc. But here’s the essence of the program: we work with participants on both the emotional and process sides of job search. We don’t want our clients to end up with just any job, we want them to end up in the most fulfilling and aligned job possible! Participants are encouraged by their coach to pause, take deep breaths and take time to evaluate their whole lives. They learn to let go of the anxiety of the search process and begin to dream about what’s possible for them.
The very practical aspects of searching for a job or new career are not forgotten. LAUNCH is set up to be flexible to meet the needs of all clients: some want to retire, reinvent, change gears completely, work in the non-profit world, start their own business, work for a big company or work for a small company. Our career coaches have tools and resources that can help with all of that!
A little bit about me…
Over the past 20 years, I’ve held senior HR roles with large multi-billion dollar corporations, including Applebee’s International, Collective Brands (Payless ShoeSource/Stride Rite), Worldwide Clinical Research and HNTB (Engineering/Architecture). I have worked as a trusted advisor to CEO’s and Presidents, tackling issues and solving problems related to an organization’s most valuable and important resource…it’s people. I now bring those years of experience to help employees that have been affected by job loss.
I graduated with a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and have a Professional Coaching certification from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. I also completed the advanced coaching curriculum at the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in Denver. I served on the board of directors for both the Urban League and Multi-Cultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) and served as an honorary member of the Chairman’s Circle of the American Cancer Society. As an active member in the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the International Coach Federation (ICF), I stay connected to these important communities and resources.
Whether you’re interested in LAUNCH for youself, someone you know or for your organization, I’d love to talk with you to see how we can help.