I was just like you! I was on a great path putting me in position to be general counsel of a company some day. But for some reason, I still wasn’t happy. I had achieved everything I thought I wanted to in life, but something was missing.
I didn’t know what to do. Everyone told me I should be happy in such a great role, but I wasn’t and didn’t know how to be.
Should I find another lawyer job? Maybe it was the job not the career. I looked at jobs I was well-qualified for, but just wasn’t excited about them. I thought about all of the options in the legal field out there and spoke with countless mentors and contacts and just couldn’t get excited about any of the paths for a lawyer.
Should I switch careers? After investing well over $200K and 12 years of my life in the law, that seemed silly. But ultimately, it’s what I knew I had to do. After all – I was an economics major and all of that is a sunk cost, right?
As I thought about what I did like about my work and where my interests naturally gravitated, it became clear to me that I needed to help others find a successful path that would work for them and manage their careers more proactively so they didn’t end up where I was down the road.
After completing my coaching certification with iPEC, I began Alignment Coaching in 2015 and have never looked back! Sidestepping from the role of counsel to coach, I now find tremendous enjoyment helping my clients take control of their corporate journey in a way that supports the life and future they want. Watching my clients become more engaged in their work and fulfilled in life has rewards beyond measure that I know I wouldn’t have felt as an attorney.
I believe that everyone can have a career that makes them happy and supports the life they want to live and that the world is better served when we capitalize on all of our unique talents. It’s not always easy and usually takes a hard dose of reality, but struggles on the journey aside, I know the rewards are well worth the effort. I don’t believe in following your passion or haphazardly quitting your job to travel the world and find your purpose. I coach my clients to be deliberate, self-aware and put in the work required to get them where they want to be.
I have a degree in Political Economy from Tulane University and a law degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. After a year and a half in a large law firm in Chicago, I worked as an in-house attorney at Kraft Foods. When the call of the mountains hit me, my husband and I packed up and moved to Denver, where I worked in-house for a privately-held, billion dollar energy company as their sole US attorney.
To read the full story of my transition, check out my first-ever blog post here (so good it’s a two-parter)!
“I coach my clients to be deliberate, self-aware, and put in the work required to get them where they want to be.”
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