Certified Coach Specializing in Professional Growth, Learning & Development
You want to have a positive impact on the world, and you want to do it on your own terms – in a life that you enjoy; how I can I help you reach that potential?
Investing in yourself may be the first step to achieving your dreams, or it might just get you through the phase you’re in. Either way, coaching could be just what you need.
As a learning and development specialist, I can work with you on your own path in learning and professional growth, OR I can help you with a program you are developing to help others learn.
I start by listening deeply to what you hope to achieve, or where you are struggling, then I help you to strategically move toward progress or resolution. I can be your thought partner, your sounding board, your critical questioner, your project partner, and someone who holds you accountable to your goals.
I love working with “mission driven” individuals – folks in the nonprofit, educational, or entrepreneurship fields who want to make a positive difference in the world around them. Because I have worked in these fields, and because I am a strategic idea person at heart, I can relate to your desire to bring your vision to life. I may also be able to relate to your tendency to expect a lot of yourself.
I also offer “train-the-trainer” coaching for folks who are developing educational programs, courses, or trainings. I can walk through that process with you, helping you to develop the strongest learning program possible using your content and passion. We can work on everything from articulating your vision, to countering the “imposter syndrome” you might feel when putting yourself out there as an expert. We can also hash out the technical details of creating your program at the same time!
I believe that we all can benefit from taking a moment to breathe, so I bring mindfulness strategies to most of my coaching relationships (if the client is interested). I invite folks to pause, listen to themselves, and let go of unrealistic expectations. Mindfulness can help you manage stress, and provide you with tools to look deeper into who you want to be professionally and personally.
Lastly, I have a longtime commitment to empowering other women and LOVE to work with women who want to be leaders and entrepreneurs, or who just want to live their best lives. Let’s stop doing what we think we SHOULD do, and start doing what we WANT to do. While I identify as a cis-gender woman, I welcome anyone who feels that their gender identity plays a role in their experience as a professional or a leader and wants to explore it.
I coach in person in Vermont as well as virtually for folks from any location.
How can I help as a Coach?
Each coaching relationship is based on what is most useful to you as a client; a coaching relationship can include personal or professional conversations, or both. They revolve around helping you to set – and reach for – your own goals. Both the big ones, and the little ones in that lead to the big ones.
- Exploring your strengths and passions and honing in on what matters to you;
- Identifying and pursuing opportunities for professional growth;
- Un-blocking the mental barriers that stand in the way of your success;
- Improving your skills as a supervisor or manager;
- Working through a creative idea to turn it into an entrepreneurial pursuit.
I also offer specific coaching services around mindfulness for folks who are feeling burnt out, want to handle stress better, or simply want to focus on the present moment as they chart a path toward a more fulfilling professional life.
What does Coaching look like?
Each coaching relationship is tailored to the individual or organization, but in general we’ll:
- meet on a regular basis (virtually or in-person);
- practice mindful exercises to helpy you focus on the present moment;
- ask questions that help you to dig into your ideas, challenges, and areas for exploration;
- explore resources that might help you learn more about yourself or your particular situation;
- do structured reflective activities to help process your thoughts;
- set concrete goals for our work together that align with your interests and needs;
- and identify projects or products that you want to complete with my input.
There will be homework! And there will be products that result from our work together that are unique to your needs and interests. Our first coaching session will be an opportunity to identify some the outcomes that will best suit your needs, and projects or products that will be a part of the process.
My Coaching Qualifications
My ability and desire to serve in a coaching relationship comes from four key sources:
- PhD in Educational Leadership with a focus on adult learning and development.
- 20+ years of Nonprofit & Educational Professional Leadership including numerous leadership roles in small and large organizations; plus many mentoring relationships.
- Formal Coach Training through a certification with the Academy of Creative Coaching with a specialization in Leadership & Professional Growth Coaching.
- Mindfulness Facilitator Training from the Koru Mindfulness Program.
Let’s Work Together!
Contact me to explore a potential coaching relationship.
Carrie was an important mentor to me in my work as a Program Coordinator. She asks pointed questions, offers practical solutions, and prioritizes personal strengths when developing goals. I appreciate the way that Carrie incorporates mindfulness into her coaching while also providing the structure to make concrete progress towards well-defined goals. She helped me to take a data-based approach in my work which enabled me to further define and achieve success in my role.Nicole Stefanowicz
Former Program Director, Vermont Higher Education Council
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