If you're like most of my clients, You're looking to outperform and see results. You want to be flourishing in all areas of your life.
You worry you’re living the same year 70 times instead of living 70 years. From the outside looking in you may look super successful, but still there’s so much more you want to do with your life. And you fear time is running out to live the life you’ve always dreamt of having.
There's tremendous value when you learn something that will help you get where you want to go, are inspired to lead a better life, feel happier, and see the world from a new perspective. My mission is to help you create a life you fall in love with and are excited to wake up to every single day.
I’ve worked with over 500 clients encouraging them to get where they want to go and become who they really want to become because “I hustled hard” shouldn’t be your legacy. I help my clients to stress less, make more progress, trade burnout for balance, boost self-esteem, achieve confidence, change negative patterns, reframe long held limiting beliefs, nurture more fulfilling relationships, realize their goals, and make the most of every waking moment.
I’m an award-winning, tenured University faculty member turned Certified Life and Creativity Coach. I like to say I finally figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up. My 6-word bio reads, “Put on planet Earth to coach.” My official job is to help my clients outperform at home, work, and in the world. But really what I do is help people fall in love with their lives.
As a certified coach with a focus on personal development/life coaching, I use technology (phone, Skype, or Zoom) to work one-on-one with clients three days a week. I spend the rest of my time involved with academic, coaching, and entrepreneurial communities writing, reading, speaking, consulting, teaching workshops, or attending events and conferences.
I spent most of my career as a professor of Adult Education specializing in researching writing and literacy development and became a renowned expert for my research on women and education in prisons.
After spending years of my spare time coaching my colleagues and students to help them become great at what they do, in 2015, I took the brave leap and gave up tenure at a prestigious research one institution to found the coaching and consulting company Inspiring the Creative Within®, LLC. I chose “an income-generating path with a heart.”
I completed the ICF accredited ACTP Business, Life, and Executive Coach Training program through Envision Global Leadership at the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level. There are less than 7,000 other coaches world-wide credentialed at such a peak performance level. Additionally, I’m certified by the Creativity Coaching Association (CCA) as a creativity coach (that’s life coaching for artists and creative types). I also work for the CCA as an instructor and supervised coach for new coaches working toward their certifications.
I’m also an Executive Academic Coach for the ASCEND program at Northwestern University. Additionally, I have worked with clients from leading institutions such as Morgan Stanley, Columbia University, Louisiana State University, Cleveland State University, North Dakota State University, New Mexico State University, Pennsylvania State University, San Diego State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, University of Georgia, Sam Houston State University, and the University of Houston. My faculty appointments have included positions in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University.
I have five Ivy League degrees behind my name. And if you ask me what I’m most proud of, it’s not all of those degrees, rather it’s how quickly I received each one. When we get the chance to connect, you’ll have to ask me about it.
I received my Doctor in Education from Harvard University, specializing in Learning and Teaching with an emphasis on Human Development and Psychology (specifically adult learning and development). Additionally, I have two Master’s degrees (why have one when you can have two!). I earned my Master’s in Education from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence. My undergraduate degrees are in English and History from Columbia University. I’m the author/co-author of over $6.7 million in funded grant projects, and I’ve authored/co-authored over 210 publications and presentations all written one word at a time.