Introduce yourself and profession to our readers:
I'm a leadership coach for teen girls. I help girls with big ideas learn to make powerful decisions with confidence through personalized coaching. I'm a certified life coach and my philosophy is to continuously build up my clients' confidence in their abilities and creative instincts to help them step into leadership roles among their peers. We create personalized action plans together to accomplish their goals for high school and beyond.
What inspired your pursuits?
I started working with teens as middle and high school biology teacher, then later through the teen empowerment program, HYPE™ (Helping Young People Exel) that I created for the nonprofit my husband and I founded. As a teacher, I enjoyed being the sounding board for my students—especially the girls who I naturally connected with, as they sorted through challenging issues in their personal lives. I always felt limited as their teacher and found myself more interested in teaching life skills, decision-making strategies, and how to manage their relationships. I knew I wanted to continue working with teens to help them think past high school and make plans for the future so I started doing workshops, which led to my creating the after school program in 2006 and later building my private life coaching practice in 2012.
What advice would you have for those interested in a similar pursuit?
For anyone interested in working with teens, I would say to volunteer with a teen-serving organization or program first. Make sure that you enjoy the age group and that you can relate to them and connect with them because that is key. If someone is interested in life coaching specifically, I definitely recommend a life coach training and certification program. There is an art to coaching and a huge opportunity to really transform someone's life, so don't take that lightly! Get the training you need first and make sure that your training matches the clientele that you want to serve.
What is next for your business/brand in 2016
I am launching specialized online coaching programs and conducting more live workshops again beginning this summer. I am also planning more speaking engagements to support parents.
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