She is like a partner in this process that has helped keep me accountable to myself and really help me 1) figure out my what my goals are and 2) achieve them. - Laura W. Bell
About the Founder
My story probably sounds a lot like yours.
- Wake up.
- Get out of bed (eventually).
- Feel incredibly tired and disconnected.
- Rinse and Repeat.
I took a pretty standard path to get there: I got my bachelors degree, my masters degree, and then I worked for a variety of organizations, finally ending up at a large company where I was slowly but surely absorbed into corporate America. I started as a consultant, and then got promoted to Senior Consultant, Principal Consultant, and finally to Director of my Business Unit. In that role I managed multi-million dollar client portfolios, lead staffing, recruiting, and business development, and was given all the personnel issues I could handle.
I laid awake at night feeling guilty about the fact that while I had a great job, I wasn’t satisfied with my life, and I wanted something more … but I had no idea how to find it.
Finally the sleep deprivation led me to a few crazy weeks where I was determined to find a new career right then and there. I started with applying to shoe design school (I really needed a new pair of pumps), then spent time with some marines trying to start a leadership institute using horses as the training tool (we did our planning mostly at happy hour), and finally wound up signing up for a coaching program figuring that at this stage in the game, it couldn’t hurt.
And amazingly enough — I found it. Coaching let me apply everything I loved (working with people, making dreams come true, having fun) with a feeling of excitement and energy. I wanted to get out bed in the morning. I wanted to learn more about the profession and how I could be even better at it. And I wanted to create this incredible life for myself and those people I am lucky enough to be able to coach — and I cannot wait to do it every day. And you know what? It feels amazing.
Christie has paved her own path, from bartender in London to analyst at NATO, from Principal Consultant to Director of the National Security Business Unit at a Fortune 500 company in Washington DC. And those are only the jobs she is allowed to tell you about! So you can trust her when she says: “I have absolutely been there, seen that, and worn those uncomfortable shoes.”
She holds a BA from the University of Virginia, a MA from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, and is a certified mediator and certified professional coach. Want to see her in action? Click here!