Short Version (TL;DR)
- Yale grad, BA in Psychology
- Hudson Institute Certified Coach; Hudson's program is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF)
- ~8 years at Google, ~5 on their Well-being Learning Team
- 2 years volunteering as a Well-being "Guru" (i.e. coach) for Google employees
- Passion for helping with overall well-being, romantic relationships, and forming friendships
I have always felt drawn to helping others unlock their own potential. From sitting beside 6th-grade classmates as they struggled with math, to training early coworkers at Baskin Robbins or the library, to building a career in learning and development, I have always believed in the human capacity to solve one's own problems when given the right support and opportunity. It was this desire to help that drove me to major in Psychology at Yale. There, I developed a deep interest in the science of behavior change, knowledge which I have leveraged throughout my career, personal life, and in every coaching engagement I undertake.
During my ~8 years at Google, I spent 5 in learning and development on the Well-being Learning Team, creating, delivering, and program managing learning opportunities on overall well-being and building a successful intro to well-being program. For ~2 of those years I also provided Googlers with 1:1 well-being coaching on topics ranging from workplace stress and burnout, to physical and emotional health, interpersonal relationships, work-life balance, and perfectionism. What I learned was that, 1) most people were either afraid or embarrassed to be struggling, 2) all were relieved to hear their experiences were common, and 3) I could relate. Their struggles had been mine, and would be again at various times. My first 3 years at Google were spent on the boilerplate that was Android Engineering, circa 2010, supporting several directors and their teams. Here I both experienced and saw how crucial boundaries are, and slowly I learned to set them, as well as how to invest intentionally in my own well-being to keep the tank full. I have sometimes backslid, and no doubt will again, but each time I have developed more tools to recover. I think this is part of what makes me a good coach. The Sherpa that has not been to the bottom of the mountain many times cannot hope to help the novice, and those who have never fallen cannot truly empathize with the pain of being in the dirt. The work I do is fueled by a passion to share what I have seen help so many, my own life being no exception.
As a Certified Hudson Institute Coach, I completed Hudson's comprehensive ICF (International Coach Federation) accredited Coach Certification Program, which has been training high-caliber coaches for 30+ years. Hudson coaches are trained to look at the whole person, consider where each individual is on their developmental journey, and to ground in solid methodology that informs but does not dictate the engagement.